Be a Good Neighbor

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Looking for ways to be a good neighbor? Check out our growing list of organizations that are helping make the world a better place. We’ve organized the list by interests. Consider volunteering your time, or donating from your resources to support one of these groups. The list also includes volunteer connection websites, social entrepreneur businesses, and websites that share positive stories. Contact us if you have a group you would like to nominate for the list.

See our special “More Ways to Be a Good Neighbor” Page, with links to past articles that include dozens of ideas on how to be a good neighbor, whether around the block, or around the world. You can also find numerous ways to be kind on our “Kindness Ideas” page.

Advocacy
Animals
Building and Construction
Children and Youth
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (raises money for pediatric cancer research and support for families of patients)
Justin Perkins Sandlot Hero Award (recognizes senior high school students in Cupertino, CA. who are helping others)
Make a Birthday Wish (provides birthday gifts and parties for poor, homeless children)
Project Linus South Bay Chapter (homemade blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need)
Project WeHOPE, East Palo Alto, CA.
Refugee Transitions (provides programs and summer enrichment camps for refugee children and youth)
Community Services
Beautiful Day (Silicon Valley coalition that organizes acts of service)
Good Karma Bikes (provides job training and transitional employment; fixes bikes for homeless and low income people in San Jose, CA.)
Project WeHOPE, East Palo Alto, CA.
Project Homecoming, New Orleans, LA.
Sunnyvale FISH – provides emergency food, clothing, and other necessities to anyone in need
Disaster Relief
Environment
General
Good News
Gimundo (“Good News Served Daily”)
Good (good news magazine website)
Happy News (“Real news. Compelling Stories. Always positive.”)
Sandlot Hero (Place to read about, or share your own, stories of people making a difference in the world)
Health, Wellness, and Safety
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (raises money for pediatric cancer research and support for families of patients)
Homelessness
Downtown Streets Team, San Jose, CA.
Good Karma Bikes (fixes bikes for homeless and low income people in San Jose, CA., also provides job training, transitional employment)
Make a Birthday Wish (provides birthday gifts and parties for poor, homeless children)
Project WeHOPE, East Palo Alto, CA.
Human Trafficking
Hunger
La Mesa Verde  (Urban gardening program in San Jose, CA.)
Our Daily Bread (located in Sunnyvale, ODB serves hot lunches three times a week to anyone in need)
Sunnyvale FISH (provides emergency food, clothing, and other necessities to anyone in need)

International

Rebuilding Alliance

Voices of Angels Foundation (Africa)

World Vision

Military and Veterans

Operation Comfort

South Bay Blue Star Moms

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Refugees

Refugee Transitions

Senior Citizens

Council on Aging Silicon Valley

Heart of the Valley Services for Seniors

Self-Help for the Elderly

Social Justice

Reach and Teach (peace and social justice educational
supplies)
Urban Gardening
La Mesa Verde  (Urban gardening program in San Jose, CA.)
Victim Services
The Grateful Garment Project (provides clothing and other items for victims of sexual assault)
Volunteer Connections
These sites list volunteer opportunities

Women

Global Women’s Leadership Network

YWCA Silicon Valley