Social Justice- Do The Bay
Donating, educating, voting, and protesting, are all ways to help the Black Lives Matter movement, but where you choose to spend your money has just as big of an impact. Supporting Black-owned restaurants, cafes, cannabis brands, bakeries, and other businesses is a great way to get involved in the movement. For a more comprehensive list, check out Soleil Ho’s sheet. If we’ve missed any of your favorite spots, please drop us a line at [email protected]
Santa Clara County of Health
Santa Clara County Department of Health is committed to providing accurate and reliable reports on Covid. Decisions moving forward will be based on the science, data and facts related to the specific conditions in our communities.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
The economic crisis created by the pandemic has pushed many families deeper into poverty and caused others to seek food assistance for the very first time. Anyone who needs a healthy meal should be able to get one. Donate to Second Harvest and help lift someone up
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY)
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth provides free and confidential legal assistance to children and youth in juvenile dependency, family law, probate guardianship, education matters and many other areas impacting child welfare and legal rights.
Free Flu Shots-Santa Clara County Department of Health
Every person aged 6 months and older needs the flu vaccine, and it’s especially important this year with Covid widely circulating in Santa Clara County. Free Flu Shots are available every Saturday at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. No appointment needed. All are welcome regardless of immigration status. Brought to you by the Santa Clara County of Public Health
One Warm Coat
The need for warm coats this fall and winter will be greater than ever before. Families who were already struggling are now at severe risk, and many will be unable to pay their utility bills. You can bring warmth this season by donating to One Warm Coat
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue San Francisco
Muttville is a San Francisco care and adoption service for dogs, aged seven years and older, helping to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, and hospice. If you’re looking for a new member of the family or want to donate get in touch with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.
Urban League-ACLU of NorCal
The Bay Area Urban League Is committed to racial justice and stands against systemic oppression within our communities. Find out how you can get involved. And learn how the ACLU of Northern California is focused on protecting and advancing civil liberties here in the Bay Area.
Cal Fresh – Santa Clara County
CalFresh Food is a nutrition program to help out low-income households by increasing your food budget to buy healthy food at most grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and some restaurants. Find out if you qualify
Living in the Bay Area can be expensive. But you don’t have to choose between paying bills or eating healthy food. Second Harvest offers a number of free food resources. Many don’t even require ID to apply.
Silicon Valley Pet Project
You can help support the adoption of pets right here in the South Bay. Just select Silicon Valley Pet Project when you purchase anything on Amazon by going to smile.amazon.com. You can also make a donation through their Amazon wish list.
Sacred Heart Community Services
Sacred Heart Community Services is working to create a Bay Area free from poverty by creating hope, opportunity, and action. You can be a part of the solution by volunteering your time or donating goods. And, Sacred Heart can help you apply for available community resources.
Breathe California offers free indoor air quality assessments and recommendations for cleaner indoor air to help reduce asthma symptoms and help us all improve our health.
Stanford Children’s Health
Stanford Children’s Health physicians want to remind families to not delay routine care and to keep up with your child’s immunization schedules. Specialty service and primary care clinics are seeing patients in person as needed and have safety protocols already in place.
California State Parks
California has 280 state parks, over 340 miles of coastline, 15,000 campsites, and 4,500 miles of trails. We have the largest and most diverse recreational, natural, and cultural heritage holdings of any state. Find out how to enjoy more of our beauty by visiting the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters is challenging all efforts and tactics that threaten our democracy and limit the ability of voters to exercise their right to vote. Find out what you can do to help support voting rights. And vote safe. Vote early.
The Bay Area Urban League Is committed to racial justice and stands against systemic oppression within our communities. Find out how you can get involved
And learn how the ACLU of Northern California is focused on protecting and advancing civil liberties here in the Bay Area.
Organization: Santa Clara County WIC Program
Santa Clara County offers Nutritional programs for Women, Infants and Children with assistance for food benefits, health care and community services. Find out if you qualify.
San Mateo Foster City School District
Parents! The San Mateo Foster City School District website has everything you need to help support your student, including Distance Learning guides, technology resources, and community resources.
Sunnyvale Community Services
Sunnyvale Community Services is an independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency working to prevent homelessness and hunger in our local community. They are part of the safety net for all zip codes in Santa Clara County.
Santa Clara County Resources
You can reference a live dashboard of Covid 19 cases in Santa Clara County. Help prevent the spread and wear a mask to protect you and others.
Now all Santa Clara County voters will automatically receive a Vote by Mail (VBM) ballot beginning October 5th. Vote safe. Vote from home.
The Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund: Bay Area is now accepting applications from local musicians. Created by Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, this $1.5 million charitable effort seeks to recognize, appreciate, and care for the people who lend their creativity, heart, and hard work to the American roots music ecosystem in the Bay Area. The fund includes $450,000 for individual musicians’ relief and additional support for local music venues and their workers.
The individual grant program is open to roots musicians living full time in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, or Sonoma Counties. Applications will be accepted through September 14, 2020, at 5 p.m. Applicants will be notified about their award status by September 25, 2020, followed immediately by the disbursement of funds.
The Fund will be administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). CCI has a longstanding practice of prioritizing those who have been marginalized in the conventional arts and culture field. They have mobilized their many years of expertise in supporting individuals to facilitate COVID relief funds for artists, and have successfully worked with the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, as well as the State of California, on COVID relief. Both ACTA and CCI bring their long commitment and experience as grantmaking intermediaries supporting individual artists and cultural communities towards advancing racial and cultural equity.
In addition to the musician grant program, The Hardly Strictly Music Relief Fund includes a grant program for Bay Area music venues with a track record of presenting American Roots styles. The nomination process for venues is now closed with funding announcements being made soon.
For more information on the individual musicians grant opportunity and to apply, visit actaonline.org/hardlystrictly.
For more information on the venue grant opportunity, visit http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2020/music-relief/
Parents! If you have questions about at home-schooling, and resources for your child in the San José Unified school district, check out their parent portal for the latest information for the new school year.
Parents! The Milpitas Unified School District has answers on home-schooling. Learn more about “educate-every-where” flexible learning to get the most out of the new school year.
Rebuilding Downtown San Jose
The Rebuild Downtown Fund will help impacted small, local and minority-owned businesses recover and rebuild downtown through murals, art and beautification. The San Jose Downtown Foundation will administer the funds directly to the businesses, nonprofits and artists that make up the heart and soul of our community.
Black Lives Matters
Black Lives Matters is committed to struggling together and to imagining and creating a world free of anti-Blackness, where every Black person has the social, economic, and political power to thrive. Find out what’s happening here in the Bay Area and how you can become involved
The African American Community Service Agency
The African American Community Service Agency is dedicated to preserving the dignity and culture of the diverse Bay Area black community, and promoting full participation of all of Santa Clara County.
ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California is focused on protecting and advancing the civil liberties of people in the Bay Area, and all over the country. Find out more and how you can be a part of the process.
Register to Vote
Voting is one of our most important rights as citizens. As long as this country has existed, communities like ours have had to fight for the right to vote. There are still people today who don’t want some people to vote. It’s our turn to stand up and vote to preserve this right the honor of those who went before us.
Know Your Rights
“Know Your Rights Camp” is Colin Kaepernick’s organization aimed at advancing education, self-empowerment, and mass mobilization of people of color all over the US.
Life Services Alternatives
Life Services Alternatives believes all people with developmental disabilities have the right to live a full and happy life. They support adults with special needs in neighborhood homes throughout Santa Clara County and provide personalized skill building programs to help make a difference in the South Bay.
The Tech Interactive
The Tech interactive can halep teachers and parents this summer. They’ve pulled together a collection of lesson plans and activities that you can be adapted for at-home learning. You’ll find a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence, but what they all share is our mission of developing the problem-solvers of tomorrow.
Santa Clara County Child Abuse Prevention Council
In times of crisis and economic insecurity, rates of child abuse and neglect increase. However, reports of abuse have declined dramatically. When children stay at home, they are isolated from those who look out for their safety and well-being. We all need to step up: family members, neighbors and essential workers. Contact 1-833-SCC-KIDS that is 1-833-722-5437. Brought to you by the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Prevention Council, Department of Family & Children’s Services, First 5 of Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Child Abuse Prevention Council
Santa Clara County Employment
If you’re looking for employment resources and help navigate support from the state, we have a quick link to the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
Santa Clara County (WIC) Nutrition Program
Have you heard about the “WIC” Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children? It serves the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. The program can also help single and foster parents.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Martha’s Kitchen is feeding about a thousand meals a day to keep up with extra need. You can help out by contributing to a GoFundMe charity page that has been created to raise the additional funds.
Loaves and Fishes
Dedicated staff and volunteers at Loaves & Fishes are committed to providing nutritious meals to our hungry and homeless neighbors in need. Requests for services have tripled. Please donate today to help out those suffering on the edge.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley continues to help our neighbors who are facing food scarcity. As the need continues, you can donate online to help those most vulnerable.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley
Santa Clara County Libraries
Libraries throughout Santa Clara County are expanding online services. Everything from kids storytime, to career and job development resources, and access virtual film and book clubs are now up and running! And it’s all free to every resident of Santa Clara County.
Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT)
Get access to free online activities for your kids! RAFT’s new STEAM Learning Activity Sheets guide both parents and students through hands-on learning. You’ll find new downloadable activities each day by specific grade level Pre-K to 8th.
Resource Area for Teaching
Santa Clara Department of Mental Health
A lot of people are feeling stressed out and anxious these days. Just a reminder that the Santa Clara Department of Mental Health has resources and continues to provide services and support for the stressors affecting us all.
Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
The state of California has identified six critical indicators the state will consider before modifying the stay at home order and other Covid-19 interventions.
The need for food services to our most vulnerable is ongoing especially for at risk populations and those who have been affected economically by Covid-19. Please consider making a donation to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley.
Santa Clara County of Public Health
The Santa Clara County Office of Public Health offers local guidance on face coverings, social distancing and conducts facebook live broadcasts to keep you updated.
If you’re a worker impacted by COVID-19 the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has information and resources on available benefits.
San Jose has halted evictions if you cannot pay your rent because of the coronavirus. Find out more here
As we hear, read or watch news about the COVID-19 pandemic we may each experience unique feelings of stress and anxiety. For help managing your mental and emotional health you can contact the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services Department
Covid-19 Mortgage and Rental Relief
If you’re a homeowner or renter and having problems paying your mortgage or rent because of COVID-19 you may be able to lower or suspend your payments for up to a year. Find out how you can take action
Issue: Covid-19 Student Loan Relief
To provide relief to student loan relief during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers are automatically being placed in an administrative forbearance, which means you can temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. Student Aid
If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down or you are unable to work due to Covid-19, you can file a Disability Insurance claim. Same applies If you are working less or not working at all because your child’s school is closed and you need to care for them. If you’re unable to work because you’re caring for a sick or quarantined family member, you can file a Paid Family Leave claim.
EDD Disability Insurance claim.
EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
EDD Paid Family Leave claim.
DIR Paid Sick Leave eligibility.
LWD Coronavirus Resources.
Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County residents can now call 2-1-1 for information on the coronavirus. You can also receive information by texting the word “coronavirus” to 211211. Phone and text services are available 24/7 in English and Spanish. More info at sccgov.org
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Santa Clara County
During the shelter-in-place vulnerable children face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect. School closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of mandated reporters, the educators. The Child Abuse Prevention Council encourages all of us to surround children with healthy relationships that are safe, respectful, kind, and never violent or abusive. There are resources for how you can help at sccgov.org.
Uplift Family Services
Uplift Family Services is remaining open and is committed to providing behavioral health and psychiatric services during this difficult time for your family and our community. Uplift is designated as an Essential Service and is providing tele-health options to all families, as well as in-person crisis response services for those in need. If you would like more information or to make a referral, please contact their Customer Services Department at 408-379-3796, or visit their website at upliftfs.org. If a child under the age of 18 is experiencing a behavioral or mental health crisis, contact their mobile crisis services at 408-379-9085 for help.
Santa Clara County’s Meals on Wheels
As we shelter in place, Santa Clara County’s Meals on Wheels program, operated by the Health Trust, is available to provide hot, nutritious meals for home bound seniors. We have information on how to sign up at healthtrust.org.
If you want to help others during this health crisis:
California Volunteers is a website that has been set up by the office of the governor with information on the wide variety of ways you can help during this time. Visit californiavolunteers.ca.gov to find out how you can help.
American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are healthy, consider donating blood now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Learn more.
Stanford Blood Center has a need for all blood types and is asking anyone healthy and eligible to make an appointment to donate blood at one of our three centers (in Menlo Park, Mountain View and Campbell) by visiting sbcdonor.org or by calling 888-723-7831. Note that the shelter-in-place does not apply to blood centers and their donors.
The Health Trust is looking for drivers for Meals on Wheels. To help, you need to be 18 or older with a driver’s license and your own vehicle. Get more info here.
Second Harvest Food Bank needs volunteers to pre-box and deliver food. Find out more at shfb.org.
Silicon Valley Strong is looking for volunteers to ensure food security for the most vulnerable residents among the 1.9 million people in this County. They focus our delivery efforts primarily on seniors and the medically vulnerable who are urged to self-isolate for their own safety. Find out more at sanjoseca.gov.
More helpful links:
If you’re a worker impacted by COVID-19, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency has information and resources on available benefits. Learn more at labor.ca.gov.
If you cannot pay your rent, San Jose has halted evictions if you cannot pay your rent because of the coronavirus. You can find out more at www.sanjoseca.gov.
If you cannot pay your mortgage, you may be able to lower or suspend your mortgage payments for up to a year. Get information about how to qualify and signup at knowyouroptions.com or myhome.freddiemac.com.
If you cannot pay your student loans, the federal government is allowing people with student loans to skip payments for 60 days without interest or penalties. You can contact your loan holder to make the arrangements or visit studentaid.gov.
If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to the coronavirus, you can file a Disability Insurance claim here, EDD Disability Insurance claim.
If your hours have been reduced or your employer has shut down operations due to coronavirus, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here, EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
If you are working fewer hours or not working because your child’s school is closed and you need to care for them, you can file an Unemployment Insurance claim here, EDD Unemployment Insurance claim.
If you’re unable to work because you’re caring for a sick or quarantined family member with coronavirus, you can file a Paid Family Leave claim here, EDD Paid Family Leave claim.
If you or a family member are sick, there may be paid sick leave or other paid leave that is available. Additionally, employees at worksites with 25 or more employees may also be provided up to 40 hours of leave per year for specific school-related emergencies, such as the closure of a child’s school or day care by civil authorities (see Labor Code section 230.8). Whether that leave is paid or unpaid depends on the employer’s paid leave, vacation or other paid time off policies. Discuss your options with your employer, and read more about Paid Sick Leave eligibility here, DIR Paid Sick Leave eligibility.
If your business has suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus, you can apply for a low-interest federal disaster loan at disasterlaon.sba.gov.
If you need to file a price-gouging complaint against an individual or business, you can file a claim at oag.ca.gov.
If the coronavirus has impacted your ability to file your state income tax return on time, you can file for an extension at ftb.ca.gov.
If your driver license or vehicle registration is expiring soon and you don’t want to risk coronavirus exposure or transmission, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering a 60-day extension for renewals of driver licenses and vehicle registrations with expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. More information can be found here, dmv.ca.gov.
If you are low-income and need assistance to stay housed, the Homelessness Prevention System (HPS) program provides temporary financial assistance (e.g. rent, deposit, or utilities payment) to low-income families or individuals who are struggling to maintain their housing. Learn more at destinationhomesv.org.
If you are a San José State University student who is being affected by their campus closure, please contact SJSU Cares.
If you are experiencing homelessness and your access to resources are being affected by Coronavirus, please check out shelter services with City of San Jose’s Homelessness Response Team, CityTeam, and Sacred Heart.