How You Can Help

Not Sure Where to Start?

Want to help neighbors in need but not sure where or when to start? Let us ALERT you!

To receive Action Alerts to help with human needs, services, donations, etc., text Compassion to 55-000

Community Survey

The City of San Antonio is conducting a survey to help us understand the impact of COVID-19 in the community.

Responses will help us better understand the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its symptoms and how San Antonio practiced social distancing.

The results from this survey will help the City of San Antonio's public health specialists and policymakers recommend effective measures over the next few months.

We need to hear from you!

NOTE: This survey is currently closed.

Make a Donation

COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Individual smaller donations can be made online or by texting “HousingHelpSA” to 41444. More substantial donations through businesses, corporations and philanthropic partners will be collected via email by the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Donate to the Arts

Are you a supporter of the arts looking for a way to contribute? Here are two ways to help today:

Support Arts Organizations
San Antonio nonprofit arts agencies have lost revenues due to cancelled events and closed venues. Donate to the Arts to directly support a diverse portfolio of art organizations that provide arts programming across all parts of San Antonio – any donors that contribute $20 or more will receive the official City of San Antonio 2020 Fiesta Medal, while supplies last!
Support Individual Artists
Individual artists are struggling with lost wages due to COVID-19’s impact to arts programming and events. Donate to the Luminaria Artist Foundation to support the Corona Arts Relief Program, which provides support to individual artists in Bexar County who lost revenue as a result of COVID-19.

Food Pantry Support

Consider donating to St. Stephen's CARE Center or any nearby food pantry.

Food items needed:

  • Canned Food - Vegetables, Fruit, and Tuna;
  • Peanut Butter;
  • Soup;
  • Spaghetti and Sauce;
  • Cereal;
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes;
  • Dry Goods - Rice and Pinto Beans

Please deliver food donations to St. Stephen's CARE Center at 2127 S. Zarzamora St., Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hygiene Kits for Homeless Street Outreach

  • Individuals and families experiencing unsheltered homelessness may not have access to COVID-19 information or hygiene supplies. CoSA Homeless Street Outreach will deliver hygiene kits, assess needs, and connect people to services.
  • Hygiene kits for the street homeless population are needed. Hygiene kits will include, but are not limited to, the following: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, soap, bottle of water, socks, and snacks. Items may be packaged in plastic grocery bags.
  • Hygiene kits can be delivered to your nearest SAPD SAFFE substation.

Plasma Donation

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is asking those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma in an effort to possibly help others recover. If you are interested or would like to learn more, email COVID19@southtexasblood.org or call 210.731.2719.

Volunteer

Distribution Points for Meals & More to Unsheltered Homeless

Volunteers needed for each of the following:

  1. to collect info on programs that are active and providing services,
  2. to identify organizations/congregations to serve as distribution points for meals, snack bags and hygiene kits,
  3. to help with distribution at those sites,
  4. to create hygiene kits for delivery to nearest SAPD SAFFE substations.

Connect with us to help:

  • Please complete this survey if you have programs as such or know of programs.
  • Register here to volunteer
  • To join this network of compassionate congregations/organizations or for more information, email us or call 210.207.8198.

Assistance with Food Commodities Prep

  • Individuals and families in the community who rely on food bank commodities, or those who have experienced a sudden loss of income due to layoff or reduction in hours, are in need of food support.
  • Volunteer assistance is needed in the preparation, sorting, boxing and delivery of food to vulnerable members of the community.
  • Volunteers needed at the San Antonio Food Bank Headquarters and citywide.
  • Contact San Antonio Food Bank Volunteer Services online or call 210.431.8388

Meals for Out of School Children

  • Out of school children are missing meals. Volunteers needed to serve at the San Antonio Food Bank. Work begins with a daily briefing on meals for distribution to Kid’s Cafe sites, appropriate documentation, assistance with kitchen clean-up, prep for next day’s meal and store supplies as needed.
  • Contact San Antonio Food Bank Volunteer Services at 210.431.8388 or volunteer@safoodbank.org

Mobile Pantry Volunteers

  • Qualified clients and vulnerable families depend on food distribution from the SA Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry.
  • Volunteers are needed to break down pallets of product, pack bags, collect client vouchers, hand out product, help with traffic control, and clean up. Volunteering is 3-4 hours. Groups of 5-10 volunteers can help distribute groceries where needed.
  • Contact San Antonio Food Bank Volunteer Services online or call 210.431.8388

Senior Food Delivery

Volunteer Assistance for Homeless Service Providers

More Ways to Help

Organize and Ease Grocery Shopping

  • Major grocers are overwhelmed with urgent shoppers while small grocers are under-shopped.
  • To redistribute the crowds, use NextDoor, or other social media, to organize your neighborhood’s shopping days. Note smaller grocers in your area as alternatives. Example: Odd house numbers shop M, W, F and even numbers shop T, Th, Sat. Designate Sundays or a particular time window for elderly shoppers.
  • Participate by putting a sign with #taketurns in your window. Use #taketurns to spread the word.