Join like-minded people to do good in the world, make friends, and build community.
Count Me In engages participants to help repair the world (tikkun olam) and make a positive impact in our local community, regionally, and in the world.
We offer our volunteers the opportunity to build lasting relationships with each other, other agencies, and the community around them. We offer opportunities for people of all ages—children and adults. We believe that all people can help those in need and be a part of something larger than themselves.
Each person makes a difference. Together we are responsible for making our community a place where we uphold dignity for all and seek to improve the world through our actions. Join us!
“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”—Anne Frank
1. Donate Blood with Vitalant
We are facing an urgent shortage of blood; donors are needed. Make a life-saving appointment at Vitalant’s website. (Note: Although Vitalant is taking safety precautions, Vitalant does not test for COVID-19, so please do not give if you are sick.)
2. Volunteer with Samaritan House
Samaritan House in San Mateo needs help with food preparation and transportation. For more information, visit the Samaritan House website.
3. Serve with Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest needs help with sorting and distribution. Visit their website for ways you can help.
4. Support Jewish Family and Children’s Services
JFCS needs to stock their food pantries for clients and community members who are looking for groceries. Here’s how you can donate:
For more information on Jewish Family & Children’s Services, go to https://www.jfcs.org
5. Help Secure Meals & Masks for COVID-19 Medical Workers (Bay Area)
This Facebook Group connects frontline medical workers with communities that want to encourage and support them with meals and masks during the COVID-19 Crisis. Learn more.
County of San Mateo: COVID-19 Pandemic Volunteer Opportunities
To volunteer for coordinated volunteer activities such as senior check-in calls and food distribution or delivery, please fill out the San Mateo County COVID-19 Pandemic volunteer signup form. These volunteer assignments will be organized by the City of Redwood City, County of San Mateo, or partner nonprofit agencies.
Rescue the Underdog
Are you dog lover? Maybe now is the time to foster a dog. Rescue the Underdog is a small San Francisco based, volunteer-run organization that saves dogs from being euthanized in high kill shelters. Please know the purpose to foster a dog is to care for and help a dog learn many things they might not know yet. Learn more and complete the online Adoption Application.
Nine Lives Foundation
If you are able to provide temporary accommodation (a few weeks or months) for a cats or kittens, now is a great time! In particular, the shelter has a number of adult cats and “teenagers” that would benefit from more social interaction. Fostering also reduces the workload on shelter staff and volunteers during a time when we may face staffing shortages due to coronavirus. If you are interested in fostering, please see the information in the Fostering section on the Nine Lives website, and fill out the application form. For short-term fostering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. They have a list of high-priority cats that they would like to get into long-term foster homes immediately, whom you can meet by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays noon-5:30 pm at their Adoption Center. Please call 650-368-1365 to schedule an appointment. Learn more about Nine Lives Foundation.
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly—San Francisco Bay Area is currently in need of volunteers to help them in making friendly phone calls to over 400 of their older adults. Learn more.
Have a little time on your hands? Check out Catch a Fire, an online portal for virtual volunteer opportunities! Whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help a not-for-profit organization with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos. Learn more.
If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UN Volunteers connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe. Learn more.
Everyone counts! You can learn more about Census 2020 & get counted today at https://cmo.smcgov.org/census-2020-san-mateo-county
Have your child make a picture or write a note to your healthcare professional thanking them. Email them the sentiment.
As shared by Former First Lady Michelle Obama
“4 Ways To Shape Your Volunteering In Uncertain Times”
Did you know: giving back is good for your health! Read this helpful article and consider how you might support volunteer efforts during this unique time.
More Suggested Volunteering Opportunities
We Are In This Together! Read about ways you make a difference for those in need from our friends at the Points of Light Foundation.
Thursday, May 21 · 7:00-9:00 pm · ECE Kitchen · $10
Join us and learn about Challah for Hunger as we bake for a difference while having a fun night out! Challah for Hunger (CfH) is a national organization dedicated to taking social action against food insecurity. All proceeds from our challah program will support Challah for Hunger Campus project and the CSM food pantry. Each person will receive challah to take home.
Are you interested in humanitarian relief, international development and disaster response? Join the IsraAID Humanitarian Professionals Network (IHPN)!
IsraAID’s Humanitarian Professionals Network is an international collective concerned with local and global humanitarian aid, and with IsraAID’s recovery work. Members receive briefings and trainings on humanitarian relief, international development and disaster response topics from Israeli experts.
Founded in 2001, IsraAID has done emergency rescue and recovery work in 51 countries, helping disaster-stricken regions with medical care, water and sanitation, education and other forms of humanitarian aid.
To learn more about the IHPN Speakers’ Series, please contact Michele Solomon at email@example.com
In partnership with IsraAID, the OFJCC, PJCC and Peninsula congregations.
Check back soon for information on upcoming lectures.
On the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30-11:30 am, volunteers are needed to help distribute food to low-income seniors at Foster City Parks and Rec. For more information, contact 650.378.2780 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online.
Come together with your neighbors and help keep our community beautiful! Each month, the Foster City Cleanup Crew will gather to clean litter out of our streets, waterways, and beaches. Cleanups are typically scheduled for the last Sunday of the month. Locations are selected two weeks in advance (based on input from Parks Department). Organized by residents of Foster City.