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Mar 24

San Mateo County launches #SMCStrong fund to help those hurt by COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm by Clay Curtin

The California statewide shelter-in-place order, including San Mateo County, is critical to keeping us healthy, but it means schools and many businesses have closed and nonprofits are facing increased demand for services with fewer staffing resources.

The City of Menlo Park continues to be refreshed by the outpouring of support provided for our residents and businesses. We join with all cities in San Mateo County to encourage  the efforts of the San Mateo County Strong Fund and donations to this fund.

Here in San Mateo County, we know how to help and support each other. We have done it before, and together, we will get through this and come out even stronger as a community.

On March 24, 2020, the San Mateo County board of supervisors approved $3,000,000 in emergency funding to support those most impacted in San Mateo County in partnership with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The #SMCStrong website has been developed to allow people from San Mateo County and beyond to join the County’s relief effort and make directed donations that will specifically benefit San Mateo County residents, small businesses and nonprofits.

All money donated will stay inside San Mateo Count, so you can have confidence that you are helping your neighbors.

You can direct your donation to one of the three categories by selecting the appropriate drop-down on the donate page. If you would prefer that your donation go to the area of greatest need, do not select an category and your generous contribution will be directed to the greatest use.
  • Individuals/families – Helping to cover basic household expenses
  • Small local businesses – Helping them avoid layoffs and stay open or reopen once feasible
  • Nonprofits – Helping those who provide services to our most vulnerable populations like seniors, homeless individuals or people with disabilities

 In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever that we all pull together. Thank you for your generosity.

Donate to SMCStrong

Help the County of San Mateo combat the COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the San Mateo County Strong Fund. Your tax-deductible donation goes toward outbreak response efforts, including providing assistance to individuals, families, small businesses and nonprofits in San Mateo County. 
A process is currently being developed for distribution of these donations. If you are an individual, business or nonprofit in need of economic help, visit the #SMCStrong website for more information on how to access help.