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A statewide Stay at Home order is in effect until further notice. For local updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak , visit SantaClaraCA.gov/CoronavirusUpdates.

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Ways to Help Our Community

Post Date:03/21/2020 9:00 AM

Social distancing is one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, but isolating yourself at home can leave you feeling helpless in a time of community need. There are many ways to help Santa Clara residents and businesses while abiding by the shelter-in-place order and practicing social distancing.

Please consider…  

  • Donate blood - the American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to the number of blood drives that have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. Healthy individuals can provide lifesaving blood products to patients. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

  • A financial donation to a local non-profit organization – many organizations provide vital services year-round, however during this pandemic many organizations are helping more people than normal, or in new ways (e.g. Santa Clara Senior Center, Santa Clara Firefighters Foundation, Bill Wilson Center, The JW House, Via Services, AACI, Meals on Wheels, Heart of the Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank, etc.)

  • Support local eateries and small businesses - order take out and/or purchase a gift card to be mailed to you for future use

  • Be a good neighbor - reach out to neighbors, particularly those who are elderly, disabled or at-risk, and make sure they have the supplies they need. Something as simple as picking up milk for an elderly neighbor could make a big difference in their life

  • Contact your place of worship – many churches, mosques and temples have their own support systems in place for their members. Be sure to ask what assistance you can provide
  • Set up a well-check phone tree or video chat  - classmates, teammates, parishioners, neighbors, family members and friends can stay connected through phone conversations or video conferencing (e.g. FaceTime, ZOOM, Google Duo, Google Handouts, Skype, etc.). With a little trial and error, you can host book club, a dinner party, karaoke, game night or a watch party
  • Be conscious while shopping – if you don’t need to go to the store, don’t! But, if you need groceries or prescriptions, shop at less crowded hours and be mindful to only shop for your family’s needs

Finally, continue to follow only credible news sources for reliable and accurate local information at SantaClaraCA.gov/CoronavirusUpdates

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