Helping the nonprofit community confront the COVID-19 public health crisis with actionsfacts, and useful solutions.

Public Health UPDATES




Santa Clara County

Emergency Operations Center CBO Liaison

For COVID-related questions


Santa Clara County Hotline

Dial 2-1-1 (in 150 languages)

24 hours/day + 7 days/week

Text "coronavirus" to 211211

to receive text updates


SVCN Calls to Action

  • Use this form to submit supply needs for your human service agency
  • Send us your volunteer needs — we'll connect you with people power
  • Let us know how you are redeploying staff to respond to the crisis.
  • Watch the CADRE website for critical information and coordination.
  • Sign up for our nonprofit Google Group to share info and resources
  • Watch this video from our nonprofit webinar on March 13

Regional Resources

Silicon Valley Strong

The COVID-19 pandemic is already hurting San José’s residents, businesses, and community-based organizations. Particularly hard hit are those families and individuals who can least afford a medical or financial crisis, small businesses whose revenues have fallen off, and nonprofits that are seeing an increased need for services or have had to cancel arts, cultural, or fundraising events.


Silicon Valley Strong – a partnership between local cities and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – will work to address these impacts.

Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund

The Silicon Valley Community Foundation is leading an effort with other Bay Area philanthropic partners on a regional response to this public health crisis.


The COVID-19 Regional Nonprofit Emergency Fund will will be used to provide flexible operating support grants to nonprofit organizations that SVCF has pre-qualified to provide emergency-related services: food, shelter, health and mental health services to affected communities.


Applications are now open, with a maximum request of $50,000 per applicant.


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SVCN Webinar

What is an Essential Business?

The County's March 16 order exempted certain "Essential Businesses" from the shelter in place directive. Given the services that nonprofits provide to the most vulnerable in our community, including seniors and those experiencing homelessness, it's natural to think all of our organizations fall under the umbrella of an "essential" business. But unfortunately, that's not necessarily the case.


To paraphrase the County, "Essential Businesses" include:

  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

  • Businesses that ship or deliver food directly to residences, and

  • Home-based care, residential facilities, shelters, and childcare (subject to restrictions).


Additionally, a FAQ clarifies that "if [nonprofits] provide essential services as described in the order, they can and should continue providing those services. This would include non-profits operating food pantries, providing housing for homeless residents, and many other critical services."


We strongly advise nonprofits to review the order with legal counsel to determine its applicability to their services before disregarding the shelter in place order.

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Silicon Valley Nonprofits Respond

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