THE CITY OF PALO ALTO COMMUNITY SUPPORT CALL CENTER is open 8:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday with information about the coronavirus public health emergency. Call (650) 272-3181.
General COVID information for the State of California can also be found at https://www.philanthropyca.org/covid-19-response.
Even as we are being asked to stay home except for essential needs, there are still many ways we can give back and lend a helping hand in the community.
- Sign up to volunteer through the OFJCC Center for Social Impact during shelter-in-place here.
- Donate small gift cards to give to those in need. This can be done via the internet or by mailing them to our security team. The OFJCC will receive and distribute them to agencies throughout the area.
- Become an emergency service volunteer with Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties. Make phone calls to isolated homebound seniors through the Safe At Home program, or purchase and deliver groceries and Passover care packages to Holocaust survivors, other frail seniors and homebound disabled adults.
- Donate food to pantries (see list below)
Food Pantries Open for Donations:
- JFCS San Francisco | The Miriam Schultz Grunfeld Professional Building, 2150 Post Street, PO Box 159004, San Francisco, CA 94115
- JFCS Mid-North Peninsula | Eleanor Haas Koshland Center, 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94404
- JFCS South Peninsula | Koret Family Resource Center, 200 Channing Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301
JFCS Marin County | Dr. George Sugarman Swift Building, 600 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
- Downtown Streets Team Pantry | All Saints Episcopal Church | 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
- LifeMoves | Opportunity Services Center, 33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301 | (650) 853-8672
Need Someone to Talk To? The Professional Community Volunteer Hotline is available for discreet emotional support from 2:00–10:00 PM daily at (408) 755-5144. Help is available in both English and Hebrew.
Financial & Housing Help
- If you are at risk of losing your housing or missing an upcoming rent payment, please contact the Homelessness Prevention System to request assistance. The Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System provides temporary financial assistance (e.g., rent, deposit, or utility payments) and supportive services to low-income families or individuals who are at risk of losing their housing and becoming homeless. You can contact the Homelessness Prevention System by calling (408) 926-8885 or emailing [email protected]. You can also contact any of the participating agencies directly (see the list on page two of the flyer at the link here.)
- Jewish Family & Children's Services has launched an emergency fund to help those affected by the crisis at https://www.jfcs.org/find-help/adults-families/emergency-family-assistance
- Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to enable donors and the community to help meet individual and organizational needs, as well as an up-to-date Jewish community resource guide for all to use.
- Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco is offering loans to people who are experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus, such as healthcare costs or lost income. For more information, go to https://www.hflasf.org/apply/loans-we-offer/coronavirus-impact/ or contact Aimee Gruber at 415-546-9902.
- The City of Palo Alto has organized a list of partner organizations providing assistance and a list of partner organizations in need of resources and volunteers. https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/plans_and_information/coronavirus/support_services.asp