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Community Volunteer Opportunities

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In addition to caring for your neighbors directly, consider that many local hospitals and community organizations are extremely overloaded right now. We can help them help others, and there are so many ways to make an impact. Check out all the ways you can volunteer below. Please reach out directly to the contact provided.

DALY CITY PARTNERSHIP

The Daly City Partnership's Community Service Center is in need of 12+ volunteers who can help with daily food distributions. They are a CORE safety net agency providing emergency food from Second Harvest and Costco/Target/Trader Joe's Grocery Rescue. The goal is to have clients drive thru once per week and pop the trunk for pre-boxed food donations.

Food Distribution Volunteers (12+ volunteers)

  • These roles require volunteers to stand during their shift. Please consider volunteering on a regular basis for one of the shifts/days to help provide consistency and dependability. 
  • Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM to noon and 1-4PM
  • Every Thursday 1-4PM only

Please contact Janet Bronson (650) 991-8007 or Pat Bohm (650) 438-9335 Daly City Partnership Online Application: https://www.dcpartnership.org/volunteer/?gf_token=5f370b3395cb48f58d29fb3eba3ba754

SF CITY IMPACT

City Impact is operating a modified Food Bank Service during our current shelter-in-place to serve the Tenderloin community. Community residents are lining up with social distance and picking up a bag of groceries or a meal from the Rescue Mission at 140 Turk St. About 150 bags of groceries and 150 meals are distributed on weekdays and the volume varies based on food donations.

  • City Impact is seeking two to three volunteers per week to cover a 10am to 3pm shift during Monday to Friday at the Food Bank, (if you can volunteer for couple days out of the week, it is preferred) 
  • Volunteers will sort donated food and assemble grocery bags and will pack hot food into meals in the Rescue Mission site.
  • City Impact staff will provide training and guidance to our volunteers. Volunteers and staff are supplied with a N95 Mask and gloves.
  • Only City Impact staff will handle distribution of the grocery bags and meals to community residents.
  • Parking is being looked at for volunteers.

Please contact Hubert Pun at hubert@sfcityimpact.com. 

SF CITY IMPACT

(These activities will have low exposure to other people. SFCI maintains all requirements of masks and social distancing.)

  1. SFCI has had a large donation of clothing items and they now need to be moved from one building to another
  2. There are living areas that SFCI would like to rent once the Shelter-In-Place order is lifted, so those areas need to be surveyed and organized
  3. Most likely, beds will need to be moved around or built
  4. Any other cleaning or clearing that the rooms need
  5. SFCI was gifted a donation of Easter items that now need to be organized and moved to the right location

If you have any desire to help SF City Impact with these tasks or have any questions, then please contact: Haley Otto at volunteer@sfcityimpact.com.

SAN  MATEO COUNTY (in partnership with EDGEWOOD CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES)

The life-saving work Edgewood does would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible volunteers who share their time and talents in support of children, youth and families.

In response to COVID-19, they have developed a variety of virtual volunteering activities designed specifically to support our most vulnerable families and staff teams during this unprecedented time. Each activity can be done from the safety and comfort of your own home and will meet a critical need for the children, youth, and families we serve.

  • Special Care Packages: Work together with your roommates or family to assemble essential care packages for our youth and families who have been most impacted by COVID-19.
  • Infant/Toddler Care Package: Supports the newest members of our Edgewood family. Package to include diapers, wipes, formula, baby foods.
  • Caregiver Wellness Package: For grandparents who’ve stepped up to raise grandchildren when parents cannot. Package could include: fuzzy socks, sleep masks, acupressure rings, tea, gratitude cards, foot care products, puzzles, etc.
  • Youth Activity Package: For youth who need support keeping their hands and minds busy during shelter-in-place. Package could include: board games, fidgets, soft frisbees, slinkys, a deck of cards, activity and  coloring books, PlayDoh or slime, puzzles, markers, crayons, construction paper, sketch books, origami paper, air plane kits, or STEM learning kits (e.g., volcano kits). Kids also need new or lightly used laptops and iPads to do their school work.
  • Family Date Night Package: Supports a family of four needing some quality time together. Package to include the items to make one family meal (taco night, lasagna, etc.) and a collaborative activity (giant coloring poster, interactive board game) that everyone can do together.
  • Hygiene/Utility Package: For our housing insecure youth and families. Package could include: socks, dry shampoo, body/face/shower wipes, hair brushes, hand lotion, tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, first aid kit, prepaid cell phones, phone charging cords and banks, tissues, toilet paper, non-perishable food, including military ready-to-eat meals, and sleeping bags.
  • Feminine Care Package: For our teens and women. Packages could include: tampons, pads, panty liners, deodorant, lip balm, face wipes, skincare products, etc.
  • Mask Making & PPE Supplies: Our staff teams are working 24/7 to support youth struggling with mental health crises or who need help with daily needs. Ensuring our youth and staff have access to masks will help us prevent the spread of COVID-19, as will thermometers, hand sanitizer, first aid kits and cleaning supplies.
  • Essential Worker Meals: Our staff are working diligently to meet the needs of our families. Help us say “thank you” by delivering breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cooking not in your wheelhouse? How about a meal delivery service? Reply to this email if you would like to contribute in this special gesture. 

Would you kindly please call Jose Ocampo at 415-310-7694 at least 24 hours prior to dropping off special care packages. This will help Jose know who is going to drop off and the approximate time to greet you.

He will be happy to schedule you only on Mondays between 1-3 pm.

Edgewood, 170 South Spruce Ave., Suite 200, South San Francisco

SEWING OPPORTUNITY

Here's another great opportunity to serve our medical staff on the front lines!

If you can sew, you can help COVID-19 front line workers! 

  • Sew performance-fabric isolation gowns 
  • Cluster 5 sewers with one coordinator to drop off the fabric and pick up and launder gowns. 

What a wonderful way to use your gifts that God has fashioned you with! 

Please contact Pat Anderson: panderson1355@gmail.com.

MEAL TRAIN FOR MILLS-PENINSULA EMERGENCY DEPT.

Mills-Peninsula Emergency Department could use our love as they serve on the front lines with those that are ill and most vulnerable in our community. Let us be For Our Neighbor during this time of uncertainty and change! Take a Lunch meal: purchase food for the ER staff at Mills-Peninsula Emergency Department. 

Contact person on site: Gigi - charge nurse at 650-696-5170

  • Please purchase food (no home-cooked food please) from menu's that may have more healthier choices (fast food discouraged) for the Emergency Room Staff as they need to stay healthy to serve the ill and this would totally boost morale! The staff is comprised of doctors, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, and laboratory. * 35 - 40 adults for Lunch 11-12pm. 
  • Suggestions: Whole foods Deli, Mendocino Farms, Tomatino’s, Espostos Deli, Pizza My Heart Pizza, Armadillo Willys, SAAJ, Pancho Villa, Little Luca's, Chipotle, BJ's Restaurant, Panera, Mediterranean Kebob, Starbird. When ordering let them know about the purpose of the meal train businesses have been giving discounts freely! 
  • When you are on your way, call the Emergency Department at 650-696-5170 in advance to let them know you are coming with food for the staff. Contact person is "Gigi", however you can let the person answering the phone you're on your way with the meal train food delivery. When you arrive call the Emergency Department again at 650-696-5170, and let the person answering the phone know you're there with the meal train food delivery and the color of your car. Someone will come to meet you and receive food. Hospital currently has no visitor policy. 
  • To protect our community please do a "No contact" delivery by placing food in trunk and pop open for retrieval, the driver can then close the trunk themselves. Thank you! 
  • Note: Best to Drop off at Emergency doors. Follow all signs to the Emergency Room and park along the yellow curb. 
  • Please no monetary donations or gift cards. If you are unable to deliver feel free to use doordash, grub hub and the like. Just give those workers the details above for delivery. Thanks! 
  • Any questions: contact Ivana Sebastian at ivanasebastian@gmail.com or 650-483-5651 

MEAL TRAIN FOR SETON MEDICAL CENTER E.R. STAFF

The Emergency Workers at our local county hospital, Seton Medical Center could use our love as they serve on the front lines with those that are ill and most vulnerable in our community. Let us be For Our Neighbor during this time of uncertainty and change! Take a Lunch meal:  purchase food for the ER staff at Seton Medical Center. IMPORTANT: 

  • * Please send to the ATTN OF VANESSA SALUM, E.R. NURSE IN CHARGE at (650) 991-6892.
  • * Please purchase food (no home-cooked food please) from menu's that may have more healthier choices (fast food discouraged) for the Emergency Room Staff as they need to stay healthy to serve the ill and this would totally boost morale!  The staff is comprised of doctors, nurses, technicians, and laboratory.
  •  * 15 adults for Lunch 11am-12pm.
  • *  Suggestions: Whole foods Deli, Mendocino Farms, Miss Tomato Sandwich Shop, Cybelle's Pizza, Chiptole, Panera Bread, Mediterranean Kebob, a local catering company or a restaurant of your choice. When ordering let them know about the purpose of the meal train - businesses have been giving discounts freely!
  • When you are on your way, please call and ask for "Vanessa" in the Emergency Department at (650) 991-6892 to let her know you are coming with food for the staff. When you arrive please call "Vanessa" at (650) 991-6892, let her or the person answering the phone know you're there with the meal train food delivery for Emergency Room staff and the color of your car.  
  • Someone will come to meet you and receive food. Hospital currently has no visitor policy. To protect our community please do a "No contact" delivery by placing food in trunk and pop open for retrieval, the driver can then close the trunk themselves. Thank you!
  • Note: Best to Drop off at Emergency doors and ask for Vanessa. 
  • Please no monetary donations or gift cards. 

Any questions: contact Lillian or William at wmirandafam@comcast.net or (415) 867-4927Sign up link:  Meal Train for Seton Medical Center Emergency Room Staff

VOLUNTEER WITH EACH GREEN CORNER

Calling all gardeners (experienced or aspiring!), DIY'ers, and anyone with an interest in helping to feed those in need in our community.  Local non-profit Each Green Corner seeks to bridge the gap between home gardeners and food distribution non-profits to increase the pipeline of fresh, healthy, and culturally-diverse produce for our non-profit partners to distribute throughout our local communities. In the process, EGC promotes awareness about food insecurity in our communities, the deep connection between food security and public health, the importance of permaculture and sustainable agriculture to environmental health, and using urban agriculture as a means to build community. 

With the COVID pandemic, we have more need than ever for fresh, readily-available produce as well as a surge in school sites, seniors, and low-income residents offering their yards to help grow produce.  We just need you to help make it happen!   

Volunteers are needed to help:

  • prepare yards for garden installations
  • build raised beds and trellises
  • fix irrigation
  • plant and maintain gardens
  • raise seedlings for future plantings

We are especially in need of volunteers who are willing to commit to on-going monthly visits to the gardens of our aging-in-home senior garden hosts.  No experience necessary - just enthusiasm and passion for our cause!  

For more information, and to register to volunteer, visit  https://www.eachgreencorner.org/volunteer/ 

SECOND HARVEST OF SILICON VALLEY WAREHOUSE

Bing Center

1051 Bing Street

San Carlos, 94070

Day(s): Mon-Fri  (Choose days that best work for you (volunteer)

Commitment: During shelter in place and hopefully for a few weeks after

Time: 9 AM- 12 PM  (or until done with delivery rout)

Delivering to: SMC Area (example; Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City and South SF)

Point Person: True  (Lead from Team Rubicon)

 Note: Vans are provided for volunteer drivers here at Bing Center

We have a VERY IMPORTANT need for 8 to 10 volunteer delivery drivers daily to pick up food boxes at our warehouse in San Carlos (information below) and use OUR vans to deliver to nearby complexes (boxes weight around 30lbs each). If this is something that interests you, please respond directly to me and I will start you on the process of becoming a vetted driver (it only takes a few days and you can drive before vetting process is complete). You would be picking these boxes up at our Bing Warehouse and using vans and gas provided by Second Harvest. This is an important role we have in order to make sure our house bound clients receive healthy food. You would be helping make sure many families/individuals receive food each delivery! The distributions happens Monday-Friday from 9am-12p or until all boxes have been delivered. You can choose the days that work best for you and don’t have to work all 5 days but we will take whatever time you have available to help us in the fight against hunger. Once food is picked up at our Bing Warehouse the routes will include these possible cities: Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City and South San Francisco (the routes will be giving to you at Bing warehouse). The most important requirements are being able to provide a valid CA driver’s license, current car insurance, being able to lift at least 30lbs and wanting to give back to your community:

Please let me know through email if you are interested in filling this role for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley:

Krissy Hutflesz (Manager Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement) khutflesz@shfb.org