Help your neighbors in need
During the COVID-19 pandemic, San Franciscans have stepped up to help our neighbors. You’ve helped people access food and basic necessities, and have checked in on their well-being.
This year, your fellow San Franciscans need your help more than ever before. Let’s keep the generosity going.
Support your neighbors by volunteering and donating to San Francisco-based organizations. Your contributions of time and money will help make this holiday season brighter for us all!
How to give
There are many ways to volunteer safely this holiday season and beyond. You can do:
- Outdoor, socially distanced volunteer shifts
- Individual meal drop-offs
- Phone calls from home
You can help your neighbors in need by donating this holiday season. Many organizations looking for volunteers will also accept donations!
Make a tax-deductible donation to Give2SF. Give2SF is the City’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The funds help support individuals, families, and local businesses.
Ways to volunteer
In-person, with other people
Pack food at a pop-up pantry, provide bilingual support, and deliver prepared meals or groceries.
Volunteer with the Salvation Army to deliver meals to older adults and people who can’t leave their home.
Through Food Runners, pick up extra food from restaurants and cafeterias, then deliver to local programs.
Volunteer with SF New Deal to deliver meals or take calls from their guests.
Virtually or from home
Volunteer with the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Volunteer program.
See directions about creating cards, then mailing or dropping off cards at Meals on Wheels SF (PDF).
More volunteering opportunities
Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities
- Pack meals for seniors or serve take-out plates with Bayview Senior Services the week of Thanksgiving, by emailing email@example.com
- Pack and distribute meals for seniors with Self-Help for the Elderly on Thanksgiving Day, from 10 am to 2 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov 20 if you want to volunteer.
- Distribute Thanksgiving food in the Mission with HOMEY on Saturday, November 21 from 8 am to 12 pm, by emailing email@example.com
- Help distribute food with the Good Samaritan Family Resources Center in the Mission on Friday, November 20 from 9:30 am to 12pm and in the Bayview on Wednesday, November 25 from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prepare Thanksgiving meals with Food Runners. Sign up online at foodrunners.org
- Distribute essential goods with the Southwest Community Corporation and I.T. Bookman Community Corporation on Tuesday, November 24, between 10 am and 3 pm. To sign up, email email@example.com
- Package food bags, deliver food, and direct traffic during the Mission Food Hub’s Thanksgiving food delivery. Monday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 25 between 8 am and 3 pm. Sign up online.
- Support food delivery with Groceries for Seniors on Monday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 25. Sign up online.
Help your neighbor access food
- Help with TELHI’s food pantry and distribute meals, every Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm. Sign-up online.
- Prepare grocery bags to distribute at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House’s food pantry. The pantry operates every Wednesday from 10 am to 2 pm. Sign-up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pack food and help distribute meals for seniors with Self-Help for the Elderly by emailing email@example.com
- Help with the Bayview Senior Services food pantry on Wednesday and Fridays, and help deliver meals to seniors in the Bayview, Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Ingleside, and Western Addition Monday-Friday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pack grocery bags and support Youth With a Mission’s food pantry in the Tenderloin every Thursday. Sign up online.
- Prepare, pack, and label meals with Project Open Hand. Shifts are 2 to 3 hours long, Monday to Saturday. Sign up online.
- Volunteer with the Jamestown Community Center food pantry. Sign up online.
- Assemble and distribute meals and essential items to older adults sheltering in place. Volunteer shifts between 10 am to 3 pm every Tuesdayto Friday with the Southwest Community Corporation and the I.T. Bookman Community Corporation by emailing email@example.com
- Prepare meals for Kimochi, Inc.’s nutrition program for seniors. Volunteer times and needs vary, every Monday to Friday. Fill out the volunteer form.
- Help with the food pantry at the Women’s Building in the Mission on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 am to 11 am. Sign up to volunteer.
- Deliver meals to families in the Mission or help with food distribution at the HOMEY headquarters on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12 pm. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call seniors to help them receive grocery deliveries with Golden Gate Senior Services and the Richmond Senior Center. Make 3 to 5 calls per week, flexible days and times. Contact your closest center.
- Bag and distribute groceries every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Richmond at the Richmond District YMCA. Apply to volunteer.
- Distribute food and other essential items in the Mission and Bayview with the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 2pm and Fridays from 9:30 am to 12 pm. Email email@example.com
- Support food delivery with Groceries for Seniors from 8:30 am to 9:30 am on Mondays and Thursdays.
Check-in on your neighbors and stay in touch
- Connect with older adults in your neighborhood with weekly 30-minute video or phone calls with Social Call (Covia). Flexible hours. Sign up online.
- Help older adults with grocery trips, meal deliveries, technology support and friendship calls with NEXT Village San Francisco. Flexible hours. Sign up online.
- Check-in by phone with isolated seniors in the Richmond. Make 3 to 5 calls per week, for an average of 10 to 15 minutes per call. Golden Gate Senior Services and the Richmond Senior Center are looking for volunteers who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, or other Chinese dialects. Sign up online.
- Make and receive calls from people who need someone to talk to. Sign up to volunteer with Friendship Line with the Institute on Aging.
- Help older adults stay connected with On Lok’s senior center programs. Provide virtual tech support to help them use online platforms. Learn more online.
If you or someone you know is seeking support during the pandemic, contact the SF Department of Disability and Aging Services helpline at 415-355-6700.
Help Your Neighbors in Need is part of We Will Recover, a citywide campaign to promote San Francisco’s recovery from COVID-19.