Many Silicon Valley residents have been deeply affected by the partial government shutdown. Even though the government may now be temporarily funded, employees who have been furloughed will continue to need help getting back on their feet. Local service organizations will still need assistance while they continue to serve an influx of people.
To help these federal employees, SVCF has a fund set up for donations to mitigate the impact of the shutdown on the people in our community.
Where will the money go?
Donations will be dispersed to local organizations helping employees affected by the shutdown in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. In San Mateo County, money will be dispersed to eight core service centers that work in close collaboration with the Human Services Agency to provide individuals and families with basic emergency and support services to stabilize their living situations. In Santa Clara County, money will go to seven emergency assistance agencies that work closely to provide financial aid to help families and individuals recover from emergency situations, including food assistance, rent and mortgage aid, utility assistance and medical aid.
How can I help?
If you're an SVCF fundholder: You can make a donation to the fund through your donor portal.
If you're a member of the public: You can make a secure donation using the button below. SVCF will also be collecting canned foods for our local Second Harvest Food Bank through Monday, Feb. 4 in the first floor lobby of our headquarters at 2440 W El Camino Real, Mountain View. If you wish to donate food, please bring only non-perishable, shelf-stable foods and no glass containers.
If you've been affected by the shutdown: If you need assistance, United Way’s information and referral system, 2-1-1 Bay Area, is available 24/7 to provide referrals to existing local resources. Trained call specialists can help assess needs and make referrals to the most appropriate services.
Dial 2-1-1 (or 1.888.774.7633) - Open 24 hours, seven days a week