Local Organizations

Children Support Services 

  • 10 books a home (East Palo Alto)
    • Work to prevent the achievement gap in low-income communities through its preschool tutoring program for 3-to 5-year olds.
  • Adolescent Counseling Services (RWC, 90.36*)
    • ACS empowers youth in our community to find their way through social-emotional support and by building safe, accepting communities. 
  • Boys and Girls Club Peninsula
    • Work to provide low-income youth with the opportunities they need to achieve school success.
  • CASA San Mateo
    • A Court Appointed Special Advocates program, CASA pairs foster children with community volunteers who provide one-on-one support, mentoring, and advocacy.
  • Family Connections (RWC)
    • Work to create a high quality family learning community so underserved children and parents become the drivers of their own success.
  • Friends for Youth (RWC)
    • Match youth with caring, adult mentors to support children who would otherwise go unserved.
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring (SC)
    • Help kids who struggle to succeed in school. Volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for children to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning and self-esteem.
  • Reading Partners (Silicon Valley)
    • Focus on students who are behind in reading, harnessing community volunteers to provide individualized instruction to help students reach their grade level.

Local Family Services 

  • Edgewood Center for Children and Families (San Carlos / SF)
    • Promotes the behavioral health of children, youth, and families, and supports a positive transition to adulthood.
  • Help A Mother Out (SMC)
    • Work to improve baby and family well being by increasing access to diapers for families in need.
  • Peninsula Family Service (San Mateo)
    • Provide supportive programs such as: Early Learning, Financial Empowerment, and Older Adult Services
  • Project READ (RWC)
    • Free, volunteer-based literacy program serving adults, children and families.
  • North Fair Oaks Community Center (RWC)
    • Provide resources and support, including subsidized childcare for working parents, immigration and citizenship services, mobile health van, etc
  • Samaritan House (SMC)
    • Work to bring a new level of hope, dignity, and empowerment to people living in poverty as they fulfill immediate needs and guide people to self reliance. 
  • Star Vista (SMC)
    • Dedicated to transforming the lives of children, young people, adults, and families across San Mateo County.
  • There With Care (Bay Area)
    • Provide fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. 
  • Youth and Family Enrichment Services (SMC)
    • Provide free and low-cost services to help children, teens and adults dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, relationship, and communication issues.

Housing Services

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore (San Carlos)
    • Home improvement store where proceeds go toward effort to build and sustain affordable home ownership opportunities
  • HIP Housing (SMC)
    • Help enable people with special needs, to live independent, self-sufficient lives in decent, safe, low-cost homes.
  • Housing Industry Foundation (SMC)
    • Help individuals and families remain in or return to stable housing and assist with housing projects / renovations.
  • LifeMoves (Menlo Park, 90.36*)
    • Provide interim housing and supportive services 
  • Project Sentinel (RWC)
    • Work to develop and promote fairness and equality of housing for all persons and to advocate peaceful resolution of disputes 
  • Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RWC, 90.25*)
    • Rehabilitate homes and community facilities for low-income homeowners and neighbors


  • Acterra (PA, 91.28*)
    • Bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
    • Independent district that has preserved over 63,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves. 
  • Peninsula Open Space Trust (PA)
    • Help protect and care for open space, farms and parkland
  • Clean Coalition (MP)
    • Work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and a modern grid 
  • Save the Bay
    • Bay Area's oldest and largest membership organization working  exclusively to protect and restore the SF Bay 

Food Security / Health

  • Ecumenical Hunger Program (EPA, 98.23*)
    • Provide emergency food, clothing, case management, and household essentials to families in need.
  • Meals on Wheels (SMC)
    • Working to increase food security and access to nutritious food for older adults
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center
    • Work to improve the community’s health by providing integrated primary and preventative health care to all.
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
    • One of the largest food banks in the nation, providing >250 million people every month

Immigration / Legal Services

Animal welfare

  • Peninsula Humane Society (SMC, 81.59*)
    • Private non-profit charitable organization dedicated to animal welfare.
  • Pets in Need (RWC, 92.71*)
    • Work to rescue dogs and cats that are in danger of being killed in public facilities and find them new, loving homes.
  • Nine Lives Foundation
    • Rescues cats and kittens from high-kill shelters and places them in a no-kill facility until they can be placed in forever homes.


  • Girls to Women (EPA)
    • Partners with community to provide a nurturing environment supporting 45 under-resourced school-aged girls' each year. 
  • BUILD (Bay Area)
    • Utilize entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth from under-resourced communities and propel them to high school, college & career success.
  • Black Girls Code
    • Introduces girls of color from ages 7-17 to coding, robotics and S.T.E.M. fields through workshops, “hackathons” etc

Special Care Services

Culture and Arts

* (Charity Navigator score out of 100)