[Updated: Tuesday, March 24, 2020]
The elderly, the poor, and the unhoused are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. People voluntarily isolating themselves has left many organizations that help them short-handed. Alameda County and the state of California have issued a shelter-in-place order, so some volunteer opportunities are likely to be obsolete. Others are considered essential. Please check with the organization.
Below are some organizations that may need volunteers. But regardless of where you live, remember your elderly neighbors—they are the most at risk, and not all of them may have someone nearby to help.
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|Name||Link||Focus||Accepting volunteers?||Specific Coronavirus needs?||Notes|
|SOS Meals on Wheels||https://www.sosmow.org||delivering meals to seniors||yes|
|Lake Neighbors||support for immunocompromised folks||unknown||yes||contact @bethpikegirl on twitter|
|Alameda County Food Bank||https://www.accfb.org/get-involved/volunteer/food-sorting/||food distribution||yes||yes||can volunteer without orientation on specific days|
|Meals on Wheels of Alameda County||https://www.feedingseniors.org/volunteer||delivering meals to seniors||yes||unknown||many volunteer opps|
|Operation Dignity||https://operationdignity.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/||homelessness, veterans||unknown||unknown|
|St Vincent de Paul||https://www.svdp-alameda.org/volunteer.htm||IPV, meals, job training, homelessness||unknown||unknown|
|St Mary’s Center||stmaryscenter.org||at risk seniors and pre-schoolers||unknown||unknown|
|East Oakland Community Project||http://www.eocp.net/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/||homelessness||unknown||unknown|
|Covenant House||covenanthousecalifornia.org/volunteer/||homelessness, trafficking||unknown||unknown|
|Building Futures||https://bfwc.org/give-support/volunteer-your-time/||Homelessness, housing, IPV||unknown||unknown|
|Project Open Hand||https://www.openhand.org/volunteer/volunteer-oakland||food distribution||yes||yes|
|various||list of senior services||seniors||unknown||unknown||various senior groups in Alameda County- some may be accepting/needing volunteers|
|various||list of IPV services||IPV||unknown||unknown||various IPV groups in Alameda County- some may be accepting/needing volunteers|
|East Oakland Collective||http://www.eastoaklandcollective.com/volunteer.html||food distribution||unknown||unknown|
|City Team||https://www.cityteam.org/oakland/||food distribution||unknown||unknown|
|Keep Oakland Housed||https://www.keepoaklandhoused.org/connectwithus||homelessness||unknown||unknown|
|various||list of food distribution locations||food distribution||unknown||unknown||various food distribution groups in Alameda County- some may be accepting/needing volunteers|
|various||Local church or faith community||various||unknown||unknown||your local faith community may be a direct service provider for many in your community|
|Oakland Public Ed COVID-19 Rapid Relief||https://www.oaklandedfund.org/give/covid-19/||
One Fair Wage
Emergency Coronavirus Workers Support Fund
|Feeding America||https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank||A nationwide network of food banks and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States. Find any local food banks to donate.|
|Islamic Relief (USA)||http://irusa.org/coronavirus/||Islamic Relief USA is doing its utmost to provide information and resources that may shed light on the virus and related health care, the situation facing our most-vulnerable communities, like refugees and our low-income neighbors, and on how to stay calm amid much of the chaos. Islamic Relief is committed to give 1.9M towards the efforts to help provide Food, Health, and Financial Assistance.|
|United Way (USA)||https://www.unitedway.org/recovery/covid19?utm_source=211&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=covid19&utm_content=learnmore#||United Way helps families and people in need access critical information and services like food, shelter, and more through our United Way network. 95% of your donation will provide relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic.|
|United Way (International)||
For donations less than $5000: https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/worldwide-giving/international-support-fund
For donations more than $5000: https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/worldwide-giving/idag