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
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.
Santa Clara County Community Resource Guide 2022
A guide to the social services that are provided by the Santa Clara County Social Service Agency.
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)
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.