Resources & Volunteer Opportunities
Each day we are learning more about COVID-19 and how it is impacting our community. Everyone is coping with these sudden changes, and the outbreak and shelter-in-place order will disproportionately impact our most vulnerable community members. Along with the County, we are actively working with neighboring cities and nonprofits to identify community needs and volunteer opportunities.
Many community-based organizations and nonprofits will continue providing essential services during this time, including food, shelter, and health services. These groups will need volunteers and the County of San Mateo is compiling a list of those interested in serving.
We’ll also continue to share volunteer updates at www.cityofsanmateo.org/volunteer
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call 2-1-1 or contact Samaritan House at (650) 347-3648.
If you’re a business operator or employee in need of assistance, please visit our Resources for Businesses and Employees page.
Do You or Someone You Know Need Help?
Need emergency shelter, food assistance or other basic needs?
Call 2-1-1 for information about services.
The San Mateo-based nonprofit Samaritan House provides a number of services for those needing assistance with housing, food, health care and more. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact Samaritan House at (650) 347-3648 first to see how to access these programs and for health screening before entering.
San Mateo County
The San Mateo County Office of Community Affairs has a list of some important resources and materials that we hope our community can use to get through this difficult time. A general list of the County’s core service agencies is also available online.
Thrive Alliance has a COVID-19 web page and compiled a short list of local nonprofit and what services are being provided:
Wow San Mateo! You sure are generous and we LOVE your volunteer spirit. We want to help make sure our community is able to help those in need in a safe way, that is mindful of health risks and keeping our at-risk populations protected.
We’ve heard there have been a lot of grassroots efforts, and we encourage everyone to go directly to our local established social service agencies to volunteer. Because the last thing we’d all want is for a well-meaning volunteer to accidentally contribute to the spread of the disease.
Countywide Volunteer List
San Mateo County is currently collecting information from community members who are interested in volunteering. Due to the guidance of health officials, we are only focused on volunteers aged 60 and under, at this time.
If you are interested in providing your name and information as an interested volunteer for the COVID-19 outbreak, please sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSXH6PZ
Local Opportunities with Samaritan House
The Samaritan House invites those not at-risk (or in a position where they risk transmission to someone at-risk) to offer temporary volunteer services to help fill the need created over the last few weeks. They’re currently looking for people who can assist with food preparation and/or transport. See list below – please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to monetary donations, at this time they’re in need of pre-packaged food, toilet paper, paper towels, sleeping bags, diapers, pullups, baby wipes, formula, baby food, tents, cleaning products, cases of water and toiletries. Visit Samaritan House’s Webpage for information about how to donate.
The following programs are still operating and those with an asterisk * are in critical need of immediate support:
- Food Services - Mobile Meals*
- Food Services - Pantry*
- Food Services - Kitchen*
- Food Services - Grocery Rescue*
- Food Services - Family Harvest food distribution on March 20th*
- Food Services - Produce Mobile food distribution on March 23rd*
- Food Services - Dining Room
- Food Services - Safe Harbor food delivery
- Food Services - Sandwich-making and other ongoing food donation partnerships
San Mateo County
San Mateo County Health:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:
COVID-19 CALL CENTER
Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.
The 2-1-1 service is available 24/7 in 180 languages.
LEGAL CALL CENTER
San Mateo County Economic Development Agency and the County have opened a legal hotline and email for businesses with questions.
Phone: (650) 363-4588
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm