If you need help getting food, medications, and other supplies, the following organizations are here to help. There are also opportunities for volunteers to give back to the community during this time.
Call or text 2-1-1 to ask questions about COVID-19 and available resources. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150 languages. If you need help identifying resources for your needs, 2-1-1 can help.
You can also simply text "coronavirus" to 211211 and follow the prompts to receive updates.
Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council
Saratoga Area Senior Coordinating Council/Senior Center is working to meet the needs of older adults while they stay home. There are also looking for volunteers to help with their efforts.
West Valley Community Services
West Valley Community Services is offering assistance to those who need food, emergency funds, or other critical resources. They are also seeking support through donations, volunteers, and community outreach efforts.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Schools across the County are setting up their own food distribution systems for low-income families whose children depend on the lunch or breakfast they get from the cafeteria. View a map of regional school meal sites.
Mental Health Resources
Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. It is critical for those experiencing ongoing physical or emotional distress to seek professional help:
- County Behavioral Health Call Center: Call 1.800.704.0900 and select option 2 for the Mobile Crisis Team
- Suicide and Crisis Hotline: Call 1.855.278.4204 or text RENEW to 741741 to speak confidentially with a crisis counselor
- Bill Wilson Center: Call one of their three dedicated hotlines
- Crisis Hotline: 408.850.6125
- Youth Crisis Hotline: 408.278.2585
- Grief Counseling Support: 408.278.2512
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Santa Clara County Fire Department
Santa Clara County Fire Department is accepting donations of new and unused disposable protective equipment for use by first responders and hospital partners.
County of Santa Clara Health System
You can support the County of Santa Clara Health System by donating funds or supplies. They are currently accepting donations of new supplies for hospital staff, including personal protective equipment, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and other items.
Right now, the American Red Cross and Stanford Blood Center have a critical need for blood donations. There has been a sharp decline in blood drives, so there is now more need than ever for community members to donate as hospital patients continue to require life-saving donations. Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products for patients.
Santa Clara County Office of Education
The Santa Clara County Office of Education provides information to help children understand coronavirus and social distancing, and they share resources to help parents and students with learning at home.
The US Small Business Administration made Santa Clara County eligible for Small Business Disaster Loan Assistance (PDF) to provide relief from COVID-19 impacts. They can also connect eligible businesses and non-profits with resource to help prepare the loan paperwork.
Disaster Healthcare Volunteers
Healthcare providers with an active license and public health professionals can help support response to COVID-19 by registering as a disaster healthcare volunteer with the State of California.
Last Updated: May 19, 2020