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Giving in Alameda

Alameda Sun’s list of volunteer opportunities in Alameda.

Alameda Meals on Wheels is an essential service that is committed to providing meals to our most vulnerable neighbors. Due to this Shelter in Place, the need for support has increased. Please click here to find out how you can help.

The Alameda Food Bank is currently limiting food donations to reduce person to person contact, and are instead encouraging donations by check and cash. You can donate online at

Do you have unused N95 masks from last year’s wildfires? Donate them! 

Housing and Shelter

Midway Shelter Services for women and children suffering from homelessness and domestic violence. Support them by making a monetary donation.

Alameda Point Collaborative Supportive Housing Community with services such as job skills training, substance abuse and mental health counseling,on-site case managers, workforce development programs, on-the-job training opportunities, and Children & Youth Services. Contribute here

Operation Dignity and Building Futures provide basic necessities to those experiencing homelessness while working on stabilizing their situation and helping them to find housing. Contribute here or here.

If you are in need of immediate emergency shelter and housing assistance, please contact: Eden Information & Referral at 510-537-2552 or the Bay Area Helpline at 1-800-273-6222.

Students/Foster youth: If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected]  and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.

Foster an animal from the Alameda Animal Shelter! Moving animals into loving foster homes will help keep our volunteers, staff and community safe, ensuring that we can stay open with minimal staffing to provide essential services only, such as sheltering stray animals and reuniting lost pets with their families. Fosters are provided with all the supplies they need including food and, if authorized, vet care provided through FAAS. Fosters also have first right to adopt during the foster period. Please contact Nanou Ballou at (510) 337-8575.

Donate Goods via APD

A number of Alameda nonprofits are in need of medical, cleaning, and household supplies to support vulnerable members of our community. All items must be new, unopened, untampered, and in their original packaging. Only the items listed below will be accepted.

Medical Supplies

  • Advil or Tylenol
  • Bleach
  • Clinical protective goggles
  • Face shield
  • Thermometers
  • Thermometer sleeves
  • Gloves (large)
  • Hand sanitizer (any size)
  • Gift certificates/cards to Walgreens, CVS or Target to purchase medications

Cleaning Supplies

  • Bleach
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Disinfectant wipes

Clothing and Household Goods

  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers (size 5)
  • Bottled water (large)
  • Paper towels
  • Tissue/Kleenex (small boxes)
  • Toilet paper
  • Ziploc Bags (large)
  • Socks
  • T-shirts (Men and women’s, small, medium and large)
  • Underwear (Men and women’s, small, medium and large)

Please drop off all donations at the Alameda Police Department, 1555 Oak Street, Alameda (Google Map link).
When dropping off items, always practice social distancing when other people are around. Donations will go to Alameda nonprofits and their clients.

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