Instagram How Can I Help Square

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The Community that Continues to Give

In times of uncertainty communities can hibernate or come together in force. The MAH has been about coming together in times of need. Instead of crumbling after the Loma Prieta earthquake, the organization saw it as an opportunity to bring folks together. If ever that sense of belonging and togetherness is happening that time now.

Call 211


Call or text 211 Santa Cruz County, to be connected to real people trained and ready to help you. Browse their website or give them a call for important health updates and local resources like meal delivery, counseling, and educational programs.

Food Distribution: May Schedule

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County has put together a bilingual calendar for food distribution sites, who to call for financial assistance, mental health support, healthcare, and COVID-19 information.

Sew face masks to be donated to workers at Encompass Community Services.

To volunteer locally with Tennant Power click here

Stay connected with these at home projects through the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County.

Donate Protective Equipment for Healthcare Providers

  • Santa Cruz County Health Services is now accepting donations of protective equipment and supplies for use by healthcare providers throughout the county.

Donate/Deliver Meals for At-Risk Communities

Fulfill Items for Jacob's Heart Registries

  • Provide essential items for families with children that have life-threatening illnesses or cancer. View the registries here and here.

Support Camp Kessem

  • This local organization provides free summer camp for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.

Support Positive Discipline Community Resources

  • The SPDC empowers families to teach their children social, emotional, and life skills. Their continued work in South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey Counties depends on your support.

Buy Gift Cards

Order To-Go / Online

  • View a list of restaurants open for to-go orders at Visit Santa Cruz and the Downtown Association.
  • Shop local grocery stores and be aware of exclusive shopping hours for those more at risk of contracting COVID-19. View Hours.
  • See what Downtown shops are open online here.

Browse this list of resources for how to stay engaged with the community.


  • Join this reading challenge for all ages hosted by the Santa Cruz Public Library.
  • Find authors who are doing read aloud and corresponding activities for K-high school students.



  • These free virtual workshops hosted by Parents Place are designed to help families cope during Coronavirus. Advance registration required.
  • UCSC is offering a line-up of on-demand events and lectures. Let something new capture your imagination.
  • Take free photography and content creation courses with Nikon.

State-wide resources on how to safely support your community.

Want to add to this list? Email us at, we'll keep this list updated as new ideas, resources, and information come available.