KTVU is partnering with charitable organizations that are committed to helping Bay Area residents make it through tough times. That's why every week, we'll be highlighting the work of a different nonprofit that's involved in the medical and economic relief effort. Please consider making a donation to support these groups as they conCtinue to assist our community.
Redwood Empire Food Bank: Established in 1987, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization from Sonoma County to the Oregon border, encompassing Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley: Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation, serving all of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Since the pandemic hit, Second Harvest has been providing nutritious food to an average of 500,000 people a month, twice the number of people it served before the pandemic.
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano: An alarming 1 in 9 people within Contra Costa and Solano counties turn to the Food Bank for emergency and supplemental food. Food Bank CCS serves 178,000 people every month in those counties.
NAMI Santa Clara County: The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Santa Clara County offers practical experience, support, education, comfort and understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and their treatment in Santa Clara County.
Samaritan House: Based in San Mateo, Samaritan House is the largest food distribution agency in the county. They also provide free housing assistance, run medical and dental clinics and provide clothing to children, among other services, to 24,000 people each year.
Operation DREAM: Operation Dream is a group formed by San Francisco police officers to enrich the lives of children living in the city's low-income areas. There are two ways to donate to the group: one way is by sending a donation on Venmo to Operation Dream. Or mail a check to:
P.O. Box 12768
San Francisco, CA 94112
Salvation Army: There is a higher demand for the Salvation Army's services this holiday season. But there's less of an opportunity to contribute to the organization, because the Salvation Army has decreased the number of traditional red kettles seen on busy streets and at store entrances. Instead, consider supporting the "Rescue Christmas" program, which provides food, shelter and even presents.
SF-Marin Food Bank: Due to COVID-19, the food bank is facing an unprecedented challenge to support our neighbors who were already receiving assistance from the food bank as well as those who now find themselves facing hunger.
Family Giving Tree: For 30 years, Family Giving Tree has fulfilled holiday wishes for more than 1.8 million children and individuals throughout the Bay Area. The FGT aims to distribute 40,000 gifts this year.
Swords To Plowshares: For Veterans' Day, KTVU is highlighting this Bay Area-based nonprofit that's dedicated to helping underserved veterans get housing, improve their health and mental wellness, find jobs that pay the rent, and win the healthcare and disability income they deserve.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Instead of trying to raise money, the Red Cross is looking for donors to give potentially life-saving blood to make sure that there is a supply for patients in need.
Pivotal: The COVID-19 pandemic has foster youth worrying about how they will pay their bills, buy groceries, and focus on school. Making a donation to Pivotal today will get much-needed financial relief and guidance to high school and college students.
Hunger at Home: In the tech cradle of Silicon Valley, one in three people experiences food insecurity. The nonprofit Hunger At Home connects surplus food and goods with those in need. Consider making a donation today to ensure no one in the community goes hungry.
The Mission Food Hub: KTVU is highlighting the work of the Mission Food Hub, which is providing food in San Francisco's Mission district with its COVID-19 Latino Task Force. Consider donating to the Mission Food Hub, because 100% of your donation will feed seniors, people who are disabled, and families with children.
The Unity Council: The Unity Council provides critical financial assistance, resources, and coaching to low-income children, families, and immigrants in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood. Your donation would support programs for thousands of individuals and families.
One Warm Coat: In the face of historically high unemployment rates and homelessness created by COVID-19, the looming cold of winter will have especially dangerous consequences this year. Donations made on this national "One Warm Coat Day" of October 1 will be matched up to $12,500.
Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation: Firefighters have higher than average rates of cancer, but the Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation is trying to change that. Your support would help active and retired firefighters get screened.
Alameda County Community Food Bank: The Alameda County Community Food Bank works with more than 200 food pantries, hot-meal programs, senior centers and other non-profits to distribute millions of pounds of food every year. KTVU is partnering with the food bank for their signature fall fundraising event, Savor the Season.
California Fire Foundation: The California Fire Foundation provides emotional and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters, firefighters and the communities they protect.
Camp EDMO: Camp EDMO is a live, online, interactive learning platform committed to providing equitable access to all children, especially in the areas of STEAM and "social emotional learning."
Tech Exchange: Tech Exchange provides refurbished computers, affordable internet, and tech support to digitally disconnected families.