What Can You Do to Help Your Neighbors & the Community

Many of you have asked how you can help others during the COVID-19 situation. Below are resources that we will continue to update as information comes available. 
Alameda County has reactivated its Disaster Relief Fund, originally established after the September 11th attacks in 2001, to aid residents and first responders with COVID-19 related needs in three ways.

Alameda County Disaster Relief Emergency Fund
The first fund, called the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund will provide needed services to those directly affected by the pandemic. Support will include needs such as emergency childcare, shelter and food aid, personal protective equipment, continuation of client benefits, emergency relief for community-based partners and other services directly related to combatting the pandemic.

The second fund, called the Relief Recovery Fund will accept cash donations to purchase personal protective equipment and other supplies to assist those fighting the pandemic, such as first responders, emergency workers and health care providers.

The County is also organizing donations of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE). They can accept new items in original packaging and are asking for donations of: N95 or P100 Respirator Masks; Surgical Masks; Protective Gowns; Disposable Gloves; Hand Sanitizer; Disinfectants & Wipes; and Goggles & Eye Protection. Please contact the county at covid.donations@acgov.org if you'd like to donate these supplies. Though the County's web site advises that donations of fewer than 100 items be delivered directly to Fire Departments and other health providers, the Piedmont Police and Fire Departments ARE NOT accepting direct donations of PPE at this time.

For more information on the effort and how to donate, please see: Alameda County Disaster Relief Emergency Fund

Blood Donations
Give Blood: Go to Red Cross and enter your zip code to find available appointments in Oakland. 

The California Volunteers COVID-19 webpage has a great deal of information on how you can help your community during this trying time. CA Volunteers image

For those who are looking for ways to help in the community, here are organizations you can contact to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also consider making a donation to these organizations.

Meals on Wheels
(510) 777-9560

Mercy Brown Bag Program
(510) 534-8540 ext. 369

Oakland At Risk Match
(510) 306-4973

Health professionals, California needs you!

California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, we’re opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.

To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, we’re calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today.

We need:

  • Physicians (MD, DO), including medical residents
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses (RN, LVN, CNA), including nursing students
  • Behavioral health professionals (psychiatrist, psychiatric technicians psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC)
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Medical assistants
  • Emergency medical technicians
You will be paid and will be given malpractice insurance coverage. Locations will vary, but we will try to match your geographical preferences.

You have the opportunity to play a critical role in responding to this public health emergency in your region. To care for Californians who need your help, please sign up. Visit California Health Corps

 Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.Neighbor Check-in flier
New campaign urging Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity among Californians who are over the age of 65—a community that is uniquely vulnerable to COVID-19. The Governor also announced the creation of a statewide hotline 1 (833) 544-2374 in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. This line is staffed by professionals 24/7.

Contact 5 Seniors in the Community today!
Check-in, make sure they have everything they need (food, supplies, medicines) and help them feel connected and not isolated from the rest of the world! Call, text, knock on the door and safely socially distance from them or talk through windows.

#1 Thing You Can Do to Help is Stay Home!
The best thing you can do to help slow the spread of the virus to the comply with the Shelter in Place Order, practice social distancing and follow the guidelines from the CDC on how to Stop the Spread.
  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Follow the CDC’s guidance to Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using normal household cleansers
  • Practice social distancing, and try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.
  • Stay informed 
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment 
The City has heard from many residents who wish to donate masks and other personal protective equipment to hospitals and first responders. The Alameda County Public Health Department is developing procedures to ensure that donations are handled in a way that keeps the community and health care workers healthy and safe. As soon as the City is provided with information on those procedures, it will be distributed.