Santa Monica is a caring community and it’s understandable that many residents are looking for ways to support their neighbors and the community on the road to recovery. Here are 5 ways you can show you care:

Donate New Socks During Socktober

Did you know that socks are the most requested item in homeless shelters and rehabilitation facilities?

Now through October 31st, Santa MoniCARES is collecting new socks to donate to West Coast Cares who hand them out to homeless women, children and men on the street. Join us in helping our most vulnerable by dropping off new socks at Santa Monica’s Visitor Information Centers during normal business hours.

People need each other more than ever in 2020, it’s time to move forward and care for one another – let’s start at our feet then work our way up to hearts and minds!

Santa MoniCARES SOCKtober

2427 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
OPEN:  Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm

Located in Palisades Park
1400 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
OPEN:  Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 4:00pm

200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
OPEN:  Wednesday – Friday 11:00am to 7:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Volunteer to support local Nonprofit organizations: The City of Santa Monica is leading the volunteer effort and finding ways that residents can donate extra supplies, help seniors with groceries and phone conversations and donate to nonprofit organizations who need support. View all volunteer opportunities and other ways to help at:

Buy Local – Think Santa Monica First: Did you know that for every $10 spent at a Santa Monica business, as much as $7 stays in the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures (Civic Economics, 2008)? With each purchase made close to home or work you make an investment in our local economy, save time and reduce your carbon footprint. Find out which businesses have reopened here.

Donate to the We are Santa Monica Innovation Fund: The City of Santa Monica has also created a fund to provide local relief in response to COVID-19. The We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund (Santa Monica COVID-19 Relief Fund) will provide critically needed funds to organizations and the City to help in the following areas:

  1. Obtain necessary sanitation and medical supplies
  2. Provide food to those experiencing food insecurity
  3. Provide shelter to those in need
  4. Support volunteer relief efforts


Participate in Community Clean up Efforts: email to participate or follow the City of Santa Monica on social media to find out when community events are taking place.