HOW YOU CAN HELP!
NEW! Donate a Used Laptop to Berkeley Unified Students or Staff
Thanks for considering donating a laptop to BUSD during these difficult times. A volunteer team of tech-savvy professionals are working in close partnership with the BUSD tech team to do all refurbishments. Laptop donations will go to BUSD employees who do not have a computer at home sufficient to do their job during the current shelter-in-place order, either teachers or district staff.
To ensure that your laptop will be useful to BUSD employees, please click HERE for specifications & a tutorial.
Drop-off Instructions: Please place your laptop donation in a sealed paper bag labeled with your name and the date and time of drop-off. (The drop-off date/time are essential to ensure the safety of our volunteers.) Please leave the bag on the porch of 2310 Browning St.
Got questions? Computer Questions: Email volunteer Kester Allen, email@example.com & Drop-off Questions: Email volunteer Ben Gardella, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate Your Unused Masks to Medical Professionals
Do you have any masks left from previous fire seasons? A group of community volunteers is collecting any extra, unused N95 masks and surgical/isolation masks from homes and distributing them to healthcare providers at UC Benioff Children’s Hospital & Kaiser Oakland/Richmond. Please pack unused masks in boxes or loosely in paper bags. (This effort is NOT currently collecting home-made masks.)
Porch Drop-Off. To arrange for a non-contact porch drop-off of masks, simply send an email w/ the number of masks to donate & the resident will share their address with you. The volunteers take care of delivery from there.
- email@example.com(Berkeley, Thousand Oaks)
- firstname.lastname@example.org(El Cerrito Del Norte)
- email@example.com(El Cerrito, Colusa circle)
Or take them directly to a hospital:
- UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland: Ambassador Desk, 747 52nd St, Oakland
- Kaiser Oak: 275 West MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, Attention: Hospital Command Center
- Kaiser Rich: 901 Nevin Avenue, Richmond
Donate Food & Supplies to Berkeley’s Unhoused Neighbors
Berkeley’s unhoused neighbors, some of whom are BUSD families, are extremely vulnerable right now. Please donate supplies and non-perishable foods. You can leave them on the porch of 1214 Evelyn Ave in Berkeley (near Gilman & San Pablo; blue house/orange door).
- Supplies needed include:
- Hand sanitizer, baby wipes, tissue, toilet paper, drinking water, Soap, dish soap, first aid supplies, blankets, sleeping bags, clothing, solar panels (for charging stations), deep cycle batteries, propane, propane cook stoves, tarps, trash cans with lids, tubs for food storage, trash bags, & batteries
- Non-perishable foods needed include:
- Canned fruit, canned veggies, chili, canned soups, canned meats (spam, chix, tuna, etc.), & can openers, peanut butter, evaporated milk, & dog food
Give Blood to the American Red Cross
- Blood, platelets, and AB plasma are and will continue to be in short supply. Please give blood if you can! ARC Blood Donation Center 6230 Claremont Ave in Oakland. Appointments recommended. Scheduling online is best with this blood drive finder, or call 1800-RED-CROSS.
Volunteer for the Berkeley Food Network
- The Berkeley Food Network is looking for healthy individuals to sign up for Food Pantry shifts. This volunteer activity is exempted from the current City of Berkeley “Shelter in Place” Order (see 10.f.iv. and 10.h.ii)
- Sign-up to help: https://signup.com/go/vFnrbtF
UPDATED! Sew CDC-approved face masks!
- According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. And shortages of key medical supplies, including face masks, are anticipated.
- Here is a how-to video, face mask sewing instructions and a face mask pattern.
- Berkeley’s own fabric store, Stone Mountain & Daughter, has set up this special website for face mask supplies.
- Grant, a BSV volunteer, has offered to collect & transport masks to Alta Bates or other local hospital. Leave them at 1578 Scenic Ave (near corner of Cedar & Scenic). His cell: 510-685-2289.
Donate to the Support Berkeley Students & Families in Crisis
- The Schools Fund is working with the BUSD Office of Family Engagement & Equity and the BUSD Homeless Outreach Program to identify needs and to direct services to students and families.
- Support could include groceries, emergency housing assistance, books, access to technology and other emergency needs that will help stabilize families and students during this crisis.
- Please donate HERE to support students and families in greatest need!
Stay Connected to Berkeley Schools Volunteers
- BSV’s response is evolving, reflecting the changing circumstances in our community. Please continue to check this webpage for updates on how you can help.