COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 Updates

HandsOn Bay Area is deeply aware of the threat to public health that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) represents. Like all of you, we struggle to know what is the best way to respond to this threat while also protecting ourselves and loved ones.

Like many other organizations, almost all of our events have been cancelled through the April 7th mandate, but one thing remains clear - community need does not go away and in many ways becomes more pressing. We are committed to meeting that need in any way possible while taking appropriate precautions to keep people safe. We urge everyone to consider this need as you make the deeply personal decision about how to protect yourself and your family. If you choose to find opportunities to give back, please refer to this landing page for ways that you can support our community in these trying times.

Monetary Contributions - A top priority need for all of our partners during this shelter-in-place mandate is emergency financial contributions to ensure that these organizations can keep their doors open through this crisis. If you have the means, please head to the website of your favorite agency and give what you can.

Volunteer Contributions - Projects delivering essential resources to our vulnerable neighbors will be approved to stay available on our Community Calendar on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, below you will find urgent volunteer and item-based needs identified by our partners. Thank you in advance for your time and generosity.

***Please Note - If you are 65 years of age or older, or living with any underlying chronic health conditions, you will not be able to volunteer until the shelter-in-place mandate is lifted or further instruction is given by our government.


Emergency Support Needed

Nonprofit Agency Location Group Supported Needs
Project Open Hand San Francisco Seniors, Adults living with chronic illness Volunteers to help with meal prep and in the Grocery Center Warehouse to distribute groceries and meals.
Meals on Wheels San Leandro, Oakland Home-bound seniors Volunteer drivers to deliver meals to clients. Driver application required.
Alameda County Community Food Bank Oakland Children, Families Volunteers to help prepare food bags, sort food, and prepare fresh produce to distribute.
Community Services Agency Mountain View Families, Seniors Volunteers to help in food pantry and food delivery to seniors. Email LaDrea for more info.
Health Trust Silicon Valley Seniors, People with pre-existing conditions Volunteers to help with sorting and packing food.
Meals on Wheels SF San Francisco Seniors, People with pre-existing conditions Volunteers to help deliver meals to home-bound seniors.
City of San Jose San Jose Seniors, Medically-vulnerable individuals Volunteers to help ensure food security through delivery.
SF Marin Food Bank San Francisco, Marin Low-income families and individuals, Seniors, Adults with disabilities Volunteers to help sort fresh produce, package bulk foods, assemble grocery boxes for seniors, sort donations, and deliver groceries.
St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda Alameda Unhoused folks Volunteers to help make and distribute sack lunches. Please call (510) 877-9252 or email here.
The Salvation Army San Jose Seniors Volunteers to help pack and distribute brown bag lunches to seniors. Please contact Liwayway Gimenez to sign up.
Shepherd's Gate Livermore Unhoused women and children, Survivors of domestic violence Food donations: canned fruit or vegetables, baby food, baby cereal, fruit juice boxes, canned soup, and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Donations can be made to 1660 Portola Ave, Livermore, CA 94551. There is also a table in front for any in-person deliveries.
Planting Justice Oakland Community Mason jars with lids (clean, new or used). Donations can be made to 319 105th Ave., Oakland, CA 94601. You can also email or call (510) 745-6965.
United Playaz San Francisco Youth Toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water, masks, and hand sanitizer. Please call Rudy at (415) 716-4100 to arrange delivery.


Resource banks for Bay Area folks in need

SF Tech COVID-19 Update - resources from big tech companies

Resources for Undocumented People

UCSF Community Resource Bank - comprehensive food, compensation, and isolation resources for SF residents

East Bay Resources for Support - free student meals, food banks, financial support, general/incarcerated/undocumented/disabled/homeless/senior communities, and mental health and wellness

More to come as they become available.



Please contact us at info@handsonbayarea.org.