COVID19: Give Support

There are a number of ways you can help local residents weather the health and economic consequences of COVID19. Below is a list of nonprofit organizations and mutual aid networks requesting volunteers to help distribute resources or participate in direct outreach to those in need and funds or supplies to disburse to impacted communities.

image of a woman wearing a mask holding up a tomato in a supermarket. A banner with the words volunteer & donate covid 19

Do you have a home or apartment to rent? Participate in Alameda County’s Program to provide more Permanent Supportive Housing.

To learn more about the program visit:

If you have a room or an Accessory Dwelling Unit to rent, consider participating in Impact Justice’s Homecoming Project:

Rent Relief Funds Disbursed by City Governments or Nonprofits

Monument Relief Fundstarted by Monument Impact in Concord, an organization working for economic and social equity for immigrant, refugee, and low-income people, this fund will provide economic relief for undocumented residents, who are excluded from federal COVID relief funding.

Keep Everyone Housed fund. Rent relief funding for low-income Hayward and Emeryville residents impacted by COVID19, disbursed by Bay Area Community Services.

Just East Bay Response Fund – sponsored by the East Bay Community Foundation and serving organizations through Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Oakland COVID-19 Fund  – Oakland Fund focused on food insecurity for seniors and low-income residents; services for our homeless residents; community health organizations to serve uninsured residents; and small local businesses that have lost income due to the pandemic.

The Berkeley Relief Fund provides rental assistance to tenants, small businesses, and arts nonprofits, which are hard hit by the crisis. The City has promised to match up to $3 million in private donations. 100% of funds will go directly to impacted renters, businesses, and organizations.

Eden Housing Tenant Relief Fund to provide rental relief to low-income tenants of Eden Housing properties that have been impacted by COVID19.

MidPen Housing Resident Resiliency Fund to provide micro-grants to low-income tenants of MidPen Housing that have lost income during COVID19.

Keep Oakland Housed fund. Provides emergency rental assistance and legal representation funding for low-income Oakland residents.

Local Food Banks

Alameda County Food Bank:  In urgent need of volunteers for warehouse food sorting, general office support, emergency food helpline or special skills (technical or bilingual). Register here for one of their open slots or contact them at or by calling our volunteer team at 1-510-635-3663 ext. 308.

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: Volunteer or Donate

White Pony Express: providing food delivery to residents in Contra Costa County. Donate or Volunteer.

City of Alameda Food Bank: Volunteer or Donate

Support Outreach to Unhoused People

East Oakland Collective Fill out the “volunteer interest form” to help with distribution of food and sanitation supplies to unhoused neighbors or donate here.

Where Do We Go Berkeley Encampment Support Fund.

Gold Star Shared Housing is fundraising to support low income/homeless seniors secure shelter. Click here to view the fundraiser

The Village, Oakland Organizing for housing & dignity for all in Oakland. Supporting houseless by taking donations, sealed nonperishable foods, hand sanitizer, etc.

Mutual Aid Support Networks

Disability Justice Culture Club East Bay Disability Ally Support. Fill out this form to support people with disabilities and seniors through direct mutual aid such as grocery shopping. You can also send funds through Venmo at @DJCultureClub to pay for hand sanitizer, masks, gas, caregiver pay, protective gear, groceries, and to fund ongoing mutual aid projects like this.

Give time or funds to the Bay Area Senior/Disability/Worker Mutual Aid network.

Nationwide fund connecting people with chronic illness during COVID19. Donate here.

Hayward Helping Hands: Give funds or volunteer with a Hayward COVID19 Mutual Aid Network.

Supply Donations: 

East Oakland Collective is collecting essential supplies for our unhoused neighbors and also has an Amazon Wish List, click here

Protective Gear: Contact Gloria Bruce at if you have protective gear (N95 masks, wipes, gloves, gowns, sanitzer) that you would like to donate to health care providers at Kaiser Hospital.  No donation too small.