The COVID-19 outbreak and "shelter-in-place" ordinance will disproportionately impact our most vulnerable community members. The City of San Mateo is actively working with other neighboring cities, non-profits, and community-based organizations to identify the needs of our communities and volunteer opportunities. Many community-based organizations and non-profits will continue providing essential services during this time, including food, shelter, and health services and need the help of volunteers. Let's join forces and volunteer to support our beloved community!

Please read the information below to learn more about volunteering during this critical time.

The County of San Mateo is working to collect information from people who need help and those who are interested in offering help. If you are interested in offering support to our community members, please provide your name and information using this link:

Once your survey is submitted, a County Staff member will reach out to pair you with a non-profit, community-based organization, or community member who is in need of volunteer help.

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

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
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: for information about how to donate.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please Samaritan House at
(650) 347-3648 first to see how to access these programs and for health screening before entering.

Please check out our website at for more information. We will make sure to update the page as frequently as possible.

Copyright © 2018 City of San Mateo. All Rights Reserved.
330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403