Community Resources: General Assistance, Referrals and How to Help

There are many agencies and organizations offering a wide variety of assistance to Santa Clara County residents. Those listed below either provide information or referrals to get you the help you need, or are agencies that offer a wide variety of services. If you are in a position to do so, there is also information on how you can help them help others.

211 Bay Area Information and Referral Services

Instead of multiple calls leading to dead ends, this free helpline connects those in need with a trained specialist to get matched with the right services.  Available 24/7 in multiple languages. Dial 2-1-1 or 800-273-6222, or text your zip code to 898211, or search online.

 County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services

Offers information on a variety of community resources for everything from transportation to food assistance to showers.             

Santa Clara County Network of Care

Provides a searchable geographic directory to find a wide variety of support services in Santa Clara County.

Need Help Paying Bills  

Find how to get help with paying bills, rent, mortgages, debts and more with information on charities, churches, government assistance programs, and other nonprofits.                                                                                                                       

The agencies below assist many of our neighbors throughout the Bay Area and rely on charitable contributions in order to provide these services. If you do not currently require their assistance and are in a position to help out, these links also provide information on donating and volunteering

United Way Bay Area

Operates a variety of community assistance endeavors throughout the Bay Area serving all ages. It also provides referrals via 211.org (see above). (Donation information)

Catholic Charities

Provide assistance with food, health, education, economic security and immigration services. Ways to help as well.

Bill Wilson Center

Offers a wide variety of services for children, adolescents and adults. Programs include service to foster families, the LGBTQ community, and trafficked minors. You can also find information on ways to give

Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills

Provides vital social services for all ages with food  and emergency financial assistance, a senior lunch and nutrition program, services to the homeless and a community resources navigator program. Ways to help.

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