Santa Monica is a caring community and it’s understandable that many residents are looking for ways to support their neighbors and the heroes working in essential services. 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: santamonica.gov/coronavirus-volunteer.

We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund
The City of Santa Monica has also created a new fund to provide local relief in response to the novel coronavirus. 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

The City’s goal is to meet immediate needs of those in our community impacted by COVID-19. From housing to social services, the City is committed to the wellbeing of every person. By connecting critical community needs with tangible resources, the City hopes to work with businesses, residents, and community organizations to quickly recover from COVID-19.

The fund will be managed through the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. A donation to the We Are Santa Monica Innovation Fund is a donation to a donor-advised fund. The City will make recommendations to CCF regarding the distribution of the proceeds, which CCF will distribute to eligible nonprofits or uses by the City associated with the COVID-19 emergency. The City may also accept emergency donations.