Holiday Giving Guide 2020

The holidays are fast approaching, and this year’s season of giving has the potential to effect immediate, tangible impact. 2020’s COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled profound economic and racial inequities in our communities. We know the inequities extend far beyond healthcare, where communities of color are disproportionately affected. We see the incongruity of resources reflected in our local nonprofit sector, where smaller grassroots organizations — many led by people of color — face barriers to funding despite serving on the frontlines. We can make a difference. We can bolster the funding and resources of these organizations, helping them advance their missions and serve their communities.

On this page, we highlight core service agencies, BIPOC-led and grassroots organizations that provide critical health and human services to communities experiencing higher-than-average infection rates in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. With increased demand for services during the pandemic, the needs of these nonprofits are great. We hope our guide inspires community connections and your giving spirit. Our community’s response reflects our community’s priorities, and even the smallest act of generosity can make a difference.

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)

Santa Clara County

ACS empowers youth to find their way through social-emotional support by building safe and accepting communities. ACS serves teens, tweens and young adults ages 10-25 in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Their programs include community counseling, substance abuse treatment, on-campus counseling and social support and resources for LGBTQ+ youth.
Organization type: grassroots

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Asian American Center of Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Asian American Center of Santa Clara County (AACSCC) transforms the lives of Santa Clara County residents through culturally specific programs, services and advocacy. They assist and empower families by providing social support services, economic development and learning opportunities.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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Ayudando Latinos A Solar (ALAS)

Ayudando Latinos A Soñar (ALAS)

San Mateo County

Based in Half Moon Bay, ALAS offers Latino cultural arts and social services programs to individuals and families living on the coastside. In response to COVID-19, they have established a farmworker outreach program, a weekly pop-up food pantry and food delivery program for COVID-isolated families.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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Coastside Hope

San Mateo County

Coastside Hope delivers life necessities with dignity and hope to low-income mid-coast residents. They serve about 14% of the population in their area with basic needs services (food assistance, clothing, housing assistance, online application for government benefits, etc.), free tax preparation services, citizenship classes, and client referrals to other organizations.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Community Services Agency (CSA)

Santa Clara County

Based in Mountain View, CSA offers services to individuals and families on low or fixed incomes, to those who are homeless, and to seniors (60+ years old). They provide essential services and support to those in need, including assistance with homeless prevention, food, and health checks for the elderly. CSA is actively responding to emerging community needs related to COVID-19.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Daly City Partnership

San Mateo County

Daly City Partnership offers a suite of safety net services with a strong emphasis on case management for the people they serve. Programs include housing assistance, emergency food, shelter, transportation, employment support and a mobile health clinic — all offered in English, Spanish and Tagalog.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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El Centro de Libertad

San Mateo County

El Centro de Libertad serves individuals recovering from substance abuse and other destructive behaviors, helping them to achieve and maintain strength, health and recovery. With locations in Redwood City and Half Moon Bay, they deliver abstinence-based recovery programs that are offered in both Spanish and English. El Centro serves both adults and youth, and collaborates with community partners on outreach and prevention programs.
Organization type: grassroots

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Fair Oaks Community Center

San Mateo County

The Fair Oaks Community Center offers social support including emergency assistance, mobile health services, senior services, a mobile shower and laundry trailer for those experiencing homelessness, childcare issues, and other struggles. They also provide support for victims of domestic violence and violent crimes, as well as emerging needs. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Grail Family Services (GFS)

Santa Clara County

GFS provides high-quality, innovative programs for low-income families with young children in East San Jose. It addresses community needs including early literacy, oral language development, early math and family engagement. GFS operates two state-funded preschools and provides family-engagement professional development for childcare providers and teachers.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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Health Connected

San Mateo County

Based in East Palo Alto, Health Connected provides sexual health education courses and training for teens, parents and educators in 35+ counties in California. The programs meet the unique needs of each community served, are interactive and inclusive, and meet the highest California Education Content Standards and legal requirements.
Organization type: grassroots

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Hunger at Home

Santa Clara County

Hunger at Home partners with convention centers, hotels, stadiums and entertainment venues to direct extra food and goods to homeless shelters and meal centers. Their efforts provide nutritious meals to one in four people facing food insecurity in Silicon Valley while diverting tens of thousands of pounds of excess food from landfills.
Organization type: grassroots

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Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC)

Santa Clara County

LCC decreases cancer-related health disparities among Latinos in Santa Clara County through culturally and linguistically specific community health education, screening, navigation and advocacy services — at no cost. Since March 2020, LCC has increased its services to meet the needs of clients who, as a result of COVID-19, struggle to make rent, pay essential bills and feed their families.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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Latinos United for A New America

Santa Clara County

Latinos United for a New America brings together Latino immigrants to discuss pressing issues impacting their communities and works together with participants at a grassroots level to develop solutions. Their effective neighborhood organizing includes get-out-the-vote efforts in addition to facilitating dialogue with elected officials about areas of concern for Latino immigrants.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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LifeMoves

Santa Clara County

LifeMoves operates 23 shelter and service sites between Daly City and San Jose, giving our neighbors experiencing homelessness a temporary place to call home, while providing intensive, customized case management through shelter programs and community outreach. LifeMoves supports nearly 1,200 children, veterans and adults daily, helping them secure housing and self-sufficiency.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Martha's Kitchen

Santa Clara County

Martha's Kitchen has a 39-year track record of providing food for the most vulnerable people in San Jose and the greater Silicon Valley region. Currently, Martha's Kitchen distributes 100,000 hot meals and 250,000 pounds of groceries each month. The need for these services has increased by 100% in 2020, and Martha's Kitchen has stepped up to meet this need by providing more meals, more services, and more groceries every month to those most in need.
Organization type: grassroots

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Mekong Community Center

Santa Clara County

The Mekong Community Center provides culturally and linguistically sensitive outpatient behavioral health services with a focus on Asian-American community members. Programs include counseling services, family education and support groups that serve youth, adults and the elderly.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), San Mateo County

San Mateo County

Supporting Mental Health in San Mateo County, NAMI San Mateo County helps people with lived experience of mental illness, along with their families, by providing support services, education and advocacy to reduce the stigma and discrimination in the community. Collaboration with mental health professionals and law enforcement is paramount to improve services more broadly.
Organization type: grassroots

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North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City

San Mateo County

The North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City provides nutrition to food-insecure community members in northern San Mateo County. Their food pantry program provides groceries to individuals and families in need, with needs increasing enormously due to COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, the Dining Center is temporarily closed.
Organization type: grassroots

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Opening Doors 2020

Santa Clara County

Opening Doors 2020 is a community-driven grassroots organization that provides thousands of emergency, hot, nutritious meal services to the homeless, low-income communities, communities of color and seniors. During the pandemic, they have focused on addressing food insecurity, health and safety needs, Homeless Census Canvassing and COVID-19 education.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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Pacifica Resource Center

San Mateo County

Pacifica Resource Center (PRC) provides groceries, emergency financial assistance, homeless services and other critical safety net services, including coaching and advocacy, in Pacifica and along the coast. During COVID-19, PRC has expanded their grocery delivery, homeless services and financial assistance for rent and mortgage payment.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Puente de la Costa Sur

San Mateo County

Puente distributes food and provides financial assistance during the pandemic, and helps low-income farmworker families navigate immigration intake and benefit assistance. It also manages a Fire Relief Fund to provide financial assistance to those who have lost work hours or material goods, or experienced other unexpected expenses due to the CZU August Lightning Fire.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Sacred Heart Community Service

Santa Clara County

Sacred Heart Community Service builds a community united in ending poverty by addressing the causes and consequences of economic and racial injustice. They organize community leaders to fight for policy change and deliver basic needs including food and housing stability.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Samaritan House

San Mateo County

Samaritan House leads the fight against poverty in San Mateo County, delivering a full breadth of essential services and personalized support to the working poor by ensuring clients are fed, clothed, healthy, and housed.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Senior Coastsiders

San Mateo County

Senior Coastsiders provides opportunities, support and resources for older adults and their caretakers living on the San Mateo County coast. We promote innovative approaches to successful aging for Coastside seniors by creating an environment that meets their needs, enriches their lives and respects their creativity, dignity and value.
Organization type: grassroots

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Sitike Counseling Center

San Mateo County

Sitike Counseling Center provides community-based counseling and education in a safe and healing environment that embraces the cultural and emotional needs of every client and to help people find hope, resiliency and life-affirming change.
Organization type: grassroots

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St. Joseph's Family Center

Santa Clara County

St. Joseph's Family Center alleviates hunger and homelessness in South Santa Clara County by providing food, housing and employment related services, and advocating for systemic changes to improve quality of life for the most vulnerable in our communities.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Streetlife Ministries

San Mateo County

Street Life Ministries is a community-based, nonprofit organization that serves the homeless and at-risk populations of the Mid-Peninsula. They establish environments and build relationships where community volunteers can provide food and clothing, as well as referrals for shelter, addiction recovery and other personal support.
Organization type: grassroots

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Sunnyvale Community Services

Sunnyvale Community Services

Santa Clara County

Sunnyvale Community Services prevents homelessness and hunger by addressing the critical needs of low-income Sunnyvale families and seniors. They provide emergency rent assistance, year-round food, case management, referrals to benefits and other services.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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Veggielution

Santa Clara County

Veggielution connects people from diverse backgrounds through food and farming to build community in East San Jose through food sovereignty, community engagement and environmental education. In response to COVID-19, their students have been working alongside Veggielution staff to deliver farm boxes and hot meals to low-income families and seniors locally.
Organization type: grassroots

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Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation (VIVO)

Santa Clara County

VIVO empowers refugees, immigrants and low-income ethnic families to become productive, engaged citizens — to benefit themselves, their families and their communities — by providing social and cultural community services that promote a healthy, violence-free, self-sufficient society with an understanding for other cultures.
Organization type: BIPOC-led, grassroots

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West Valley Community Services

Santa Clara County

West Valley Community Services provides a continuum of basic needs including an in-house and mobile food pantry, homeless support, affordable housing, emergency financial assistance, family support, referrals, education and case management.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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YMCA Community Resource Center

San Mateo County

The Community Resource Center of the YMCA provides individuals and families with basic emergency and support services to stabilize their living situations by providing safety-net services to San Mateo County residents in need of food, emergency housing assistance, emergency utility assistance, shelter and other basic needs.
Organization type: Core Services Agency

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