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Marin County is currently under a public health order to shelter in place — More info on the COVID-19 page

How You Can Help

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Overview

Everyone can lend a hand to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, from volunteering at a food bank, to donating to a relief fund, to simply checking in on your neighbors and friends (while safely maintaining social distance!).

Volunteer Opportunities

Donate Money

  • Love Sausalito Business Fund: Sausalito Chamber of Commerce initiative to provide grants to local small businesses that are struggling during the pandemic
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund from the Marin Community Foundation
  • Conscious Kitchen: Sausalito-based nonprofit that is providing meals to vulnerable students who are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 crisis
  • SF-Marin Food Bank: Now, more than ever, it's critical to get food out to the community. Schools are closing, people are homebound, and many have their work hours cut in the wake of COVID–19
  • Food "Bags of Love": Money raised will be used to buy food to fill grocery bags for Bayside MLK Jr. Academy and Willow Creek Academy families in need of food during the pandemic
  • COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund from the World Health Organization
  • American Red Cross: Help the Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission due to the COVID-19 pandemic

See also: Advice from Charity Navigator on Avoiding Charity Scams During COVID-19

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Donate PPE to the Sausalito Police

The Sausalito Police Department has a limited amount of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for its officers in the field, and supplies are dwindling quickly. We have requested more PPE, but there is a nationwide shortage. You may have masks or other supplies that you've bought for home projects, to protect against smoke inhalation, or for your home emergency kit. Perhaps you have a construction company or other type of business that uses safety equipment and could spare some.

We are looking for the following:

  • N95 or any type of surgical mask
  • Clear protective eye gear or goggles
  • Latex gloves
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer

Please check your supplies. If you have items to donate, you can call the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170 to arrange for pick-up from your home or place of business or a non-contact drop-off at the station at 29 Caledonia Street.

Other Places to Donate PPE

  • In-person donations of new, unopened boxes of the supplies listed below may be directed to the Salvation Army at 351 Mission Avenue in San Rafael.
  • The Salvation Army is collecting on behalf of Marin County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
    • N95 masks
    • Surgical and/or isolation masks
    • Disposable gowns
    • Latex gloves
  • Donation hours are 1:00pm to 4:00pm Monday – Friday.
  • There is signage with donation instructions and someone on-site during donation hours to help direct donors to where they can drop off the donation safely while respecting physical distancing recommendations.
  • The EOC is not asking residents to purchase new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to donate and does not want residents to sacrifice the "last mask" out of their disaster kits. The purpose of the collection effort is to try an obtain existing, excess inventory only.
  • Handmade masks are not being collected; those should be kept for personal use in light of the state and Bay Area face covering recommendation.
  • Marin County has also created an online donation form for companies or other entities that have excess inventory and wish to donate. This form is managed by the EOC and donations will be used to fill PPE resource orders as appropriate. The online effort is focused on larger donations.
  • MarinHealth, formerly known as Marin General Hospital, is also accepting donations of critical supplies from the public for frontline care providers. The following items are currently being accepted:
    • Unused N95 respirators and surgical masks
    • Unopened packages of disposable gloves
    • Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
    • Unopened containers of disinfectants and disinfecting wipes
    • Packaged, unused protective goggles
  • MarinHealth cannot accept any other supplies at this time. To make an equipment donation, please email CovidPPEDonations@mymarinhealth.org or call (415) 925-7290. A member of the MarinHealth team will respond within 24 hours.

Support Local Businesses

Businesses providing essential services like groceries, pharmacies, and hardware stores remain open during the public health order to shelter at home. Restaurants are also considered essential businesses, but are restricted to offering take-out or delivery service. Many businesses in Sausalito are likely to struggle during a prolonged shutdown.

The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is maintaining three lists of local businesses that will be updated regularly.

  • The first is a list of Essential Businesses covering Sausalito and Marin City. On the list, you'll find the addresses and hours of operation for local institutions like Mollie Stone's Market, Driver's Market, Golden Gate Market, and Waterstreet Hardware.
  • The second list covers Take Out & Delivery Restaurants. As of April 14, the list included 29 local restaurants with a wide range of food offerings. Most restaurants are operating with limited hours.
  • A third list called Support Local Business features more than 25 local shops and businesses offering goods and services while we shelter at home. Most offer local delivery, curbside pickup, and/or online ordering.