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"It's in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need."
- Governor Gavin Newsom

"It's in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need."
- Governor Gavin Newsom

"It's in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need."
- Governor Gavin Newsom

"It's in these times of crisis that Californians are at their best, coming to the aid of those in their community who are most in need."
- Governor Gavin Newsom

Help California's communities this holiday season

This year millions of Californians are facing a difficult holiday season and they will rely on their communities and nonprofit organizations across the state for help. You can help by safely volunteering at a local organization providing services to our most vulnerable communities.

Whether it’s packing produce at a local food bank, donating cash or making masks for local nonprofits, there are opportunities for everyone to safely help. Below are opportunities for you to make a difference this holiday season.

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Opportunities to give back

Alameda County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
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2020 Holiday Virtual Food Bank
This virtual food drive allows you to “shop” for the food bank's most needed items such as milk, fresh eggs, and fruits and veggies – foods that can’t go into a food barrel
Ongoing
7900 Edgewater Drive Oakland, CA 94621
Amador County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
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Project Thanks 2020
You can help provide complete holiday meals for families in need this year. See website for more details!
Ongoing
N/A
Contra Costa / Solano County
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Dates / Times
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*Variety of opportunities available*
Warehouse and Distribution Shifts available. Please follow the link to see all available days & times!
Ongoing
*Follow link for details
El Dorado County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Holiday Outreach 2020
During December of each year the Food Bank enlists the aid of an army of volunteers to assist in a special mission to feed our neighbors who struggle to make ends meet. The Community not only supports the Holiday Outreach by monetary and food donations. Hundreds of volunteers also participate the days of the distribution.
Thurs. 12/17 - Sat. 12/19 *Follow link for available shifts
Sign up to learn more!
Fresno County
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Dates / Times
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*Variety of opportunities available*
With volunteer cancellations due to COVID-19, Central California Food Bank is actively seeking volunteers to help in our distribution center and out in the community. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to get food out to the community.
See specific opportunity
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Humboldt County
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Dates / Times
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Kern County
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*Variety of opportunities available*
At Bakersfield Homeless Center, volunteers play a crucial role in providing compassion and assistance to families working to rebuild their lives. Whether it’s face to face or behind the scenes, volunteers make an impact in the lives of women and families experiencing homelessness.
See specific opportunity
1600 E. Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93305
Los Angeles County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Drop Off Sack Lunches for Hollywood's Hungry
Help get food into the hands of those in our community who desperately need it. Make sack lunches in your home kitchen to be dispersed by Hollywood Food Coalition.
Bi-weekly, every 1st & 3rd Friday Drop off 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Hollywood United Methodist Church 6817 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Serve It Up
Help prepare and serve the evening meal at L.A. Mission. Assist the amazing LA Mission kitchen staff with prepping hundreds of meals for community members. 
Ongoing - sign up for any open day
303 E 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Assemble Food Packages
Help assemble food packages for over 27,000 low income seniors, women with infants, and children in Los Angeles County.
Thurs. 12/24 9:00am - 12:00pm
1734 East 41st Street Los Angeles, CA 90058
Monterey County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Pick It Up, Pay It Forward
10% of all proceeds from takeout orders through the end of December 2020 from Montrio, Tarpy's, or Rio Grill will be donated to the food bank, in addition to a donor match.
Ongoing through December 2020
Montrio, Tarpy's, & Rio Grill
Orange County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
Sign Up
Charitable Giving Cards
Charitable Giving Cards are like retail gift cards but are redeemed to benefit any 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States.
Ongoing
Online
Physical & Virtual Food Drive
Drop off food to the Orange County Food Bank, or start your own food drive!
Drop-offs accepted Monday - Friday 7:30am – 4:00pm
11871 Monarch Street Garden Grove, CA 92841
Pack-a-Box
Work side-by-side with volunteers to the beat of music packing food boxes that are distributed to low-income senior citizens in Orange County and surrounding areas. 
Ongoing - sign up for any open day
11870 Monarch Street Garden Grove, CA 92841
Hope for the Holidays
Sponsor a family in need, adopt a family, or provide families with meals for the holidays.
N/A
Virtual
Sacramento County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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*Variety of opportunities available*
Angel Tree Distribution Day
This is the big day! We will be distributing toys and food to families in need through our Angel Tree program. Help The Salvation provide the many boys and girls in our community with the joy of Christmas morning.
Sat. 12/19 7:00am - 4:00pm
Cal Expo 1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95815
Virtual Food Drive
Making a difference in the fight against hunger is now as easy as a mouse click! It’s a fun, new way to get involved — and invite your friends to join you. Our goal is to raise $15,000 before Dec. 31 so please give this a try!
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Virtual
San Benito County
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San Bernardino County
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Holiday Mobile Toy Shop
This event is a free toy giveaway for low-income residents of San Bernardino County.
Sat. 12/19 9:00am - 1:00pm
San Bernardino Valley College 701 S Mt Vernon Ave. San Bernardino, CA 92410
San Diego County
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*Variety of opportunities available*
Donate a “$5 Hunger Bag” at your local Albertsons or Vons supermarket, donate to a virtual food drive, or start your own virtual food drive!
Hunger Bag Campaign ongoing through 12/25
Any local Vons of Albertsons; other opportunities are virtual
*Variety of opportunities available*
Variety of "Adopt-a-family" programs and donation drives centered around the holidays . Donations can go toward purchasing groceries, gifts, toiletries and other needs.
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San Joaquin County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Holiday Food Distribution
During the Holiday Season, the EFB hosts our annual Christmas Food Giveaway. This year, we need volunteers to assist with the distribution of Christmas bags and Turkeys 
Tue. 12/22 7:00am - 1:45pm
1659 S Airport Way Stockton, CA 95206
San Luis Obispo County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Dinner Service
Volunteer to assist with dinner service at 40 Prado Homeless Services Center
Ongoing: Monday - Thursday 4:45pm - 6:00pm
40 Prado Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Santa Barbara County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
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Make & drop-off face masks, and Senior Home Grocery Delivery
We need volunteers who are able and willing to make face masks at home and drop them off at our warehouse locations. No sign-up necessary! We also need delivery drivers to deliver food to housebound seniors.
Mask drop-off ongoing: Fridays 10:00am - 11:30am *See link for delivery details
Drop-off face masks to: 4554 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara 490 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria *See link for delivery details
Farmworker Program Distribution
Help distribute food to farm working families and assist those who are unable to carry their food to their cars or homes.
Thurs. 12/18 2:00pm - 4:30pm
(North County) 490 W. Foster Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455
Santa Clara / San Mateo County
Opportunity
Description
Dates / Times
Location
Sign Up
*Variety of food distribution opportunities*
Food distribution & emergency food distribution shifts are available throughout the month of December.
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Santa Cruz County
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Description
Dates / Times
Location
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Food Distribution
We need volunteers to help at the drive-through food distribution!
Wed. 12/23 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds 2601 E Lake Ave Watsonville CA 95076
Adopt a family, food distribution, & more!
With your help we can make the holiday brighter for families who are struggling– including those who lost their homes in the CZU fire, were impacted by COVID layoffs, and those facing a variety of economic and social hardship.
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Siskiyou County
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Dates / Times
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Holiday Baskets
We partner with established holiday basket programs throughout Siskiyou County and provide 8,000 lb of turkeys and/or hams for the baskets. To learn more about how you can volunteer or help to support the Holiday Baskets program, contact Heather Solus at 530-938-4115 ext 128 or email hsolus@gnservices.org
Ongoing
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