Updated April 27, 2020 9:00 PM
Call for Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer to help the City assist those in need (including older adults), please email the City or call the City’s Coronavirus Hotline at (310) 253-6890 (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). If you email or leave a message at the Hotline after hours, please include your name, phone number, email address, and any special skills you may have (language, equipment, certifications, etc.) and preferred volunteer activity (deliver groceries to older adults, make phone calls, etc.).
Learn about additional ways you can safely help the community by visiting the California Volunteers website.
Please Help Your Neighbors
If you are able to assist a neighbor who is 65 or older, or a neighbor who has an underlying medical condition, reach out via phone, text, or drop a note on their doorstep to ask if they need anything before you go to the grocery store or pharmacy. We are all in this together.
Nextdoor Help Map - Another Way for Neighbors to Help Neighbors
Now and in the days to come, routine activities may be risky for more vulnerable neighbors. You may have heard of Nextdoor's Help Map – an interactive map of your neighborhood where neighbors can identify themselves as someone who can pitch in for neighbors who need help.
If you use Nextdoor, consider taking a moment and add yourself to Nextdoor’s Help Map to raise your (virtual) hand to do emergency errand runs or phone call check-ins for at-risk neighbors who can't leave their homes right now. For more information about the help map, visit the Nextdoor website.
Local Partnership FeedCulver Helps Feed People in Need
Culver City is an amazing community, and it’s pulling together to help those who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. An example of this amazing community support and collaboration is FeedCulver. FeedCulver is a partnership between local restaurants, the Exchange Club, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association, working with Vice Mayor Göran Eriksson, Council Member Thomas Small, and local non-profits to prepare and distribute nourishing and nutritious meals to those in need in the Culver City community – and they need your support to make it happen.
How does it work? Local restaurants, led by Akasha, create and package meals, which are delivered to volunteer organizations each day to be distributed through their programs.
Who does this serve? FeedCulver distributes 100 free meals per day to those in need in the Culver City community through local partners. Additionally, this program helps keep local businesses open and their employees working.
What can I do? Make a donation—buy a meal for a neighbor in need! Click here to donate to FeedCulver. All donations will be managed by the Exchange Club and the money will be used to cover the cost of food and preparation. Or, prepare food—do you own a restaurant or catering business? Contact FeedCulver about getting involved. Please note, due to stringent health requirements FeedCulver is not able to engage with home cooks at this time.
Culver City Emergency Relief Food Drive
With many neighbors in our community over the age of 65 and/or with underlying medical conditions who don’t have the means to purchase and pick up groceries during the pandemic, we welcome your help! Let’s bridge that gap by being a neighbor that helps neighbors and donate non-perishable food items to those in need.
The requested non-perishable items are:
Rice, dried beans (pinto, black, lentil), canned beans, pasta, pasta sauce, canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruit, nuts, nut butters, jellies and jams, pancake mix, rolled oats, canned goods, low-sodium soup, dried eggs, freeze dried fruit and vegetables, freeze dried meats, granola and power bars, vegetable oil, flour, barley, quinoa, cornmeal, dried peas, split peas, salsa, popcorn, honey, canned fruit juice, water.
Items that are most needed are peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken, beef stew soup, chips, cookies, shelf-stable milk.
Please drop off your non-perishable food items at any of the following locations or call the CERT Assistance Call Center at (310) 253-5545 to arrange a donation pick up from your home by Bike Culver City. The City thanks Westfield Culver City for its donation of reusable bags!
- Culver City Presbyterian Church 11269 Washington Blvd.
- Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (enter through the courtyard)
- Larsen Automotive 10707 Jefferson Blvd.
- Hours : Monday-Friday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Petco 5347 Sepulveda Blvd.
- Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Every day
- Sorrento Italian Market 5518 Sepulveda Blvd.
- Hours: Monday - Saturday 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Closed Tuesday) Sunday - 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
If you or one of your neighbors are in need of food, please call the Culver City CERT Assistance Call Center at (310) 253-5545.
For more information, call Ira Diamond, Organizer at (213) 309-4084 or Christine Parra, Culver City Emergency Coordinator, at (310) 253-5909.
Donate Blood or Plasma
In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. Learn more about the convalescent plasma donation process by visiting the Red Cross website.
Interested in Helping a Nonprofit?
Check out the Nonprofit “Yelp-like” directory launched by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in partnership with Inspiring Services. The directory’s purpose is to allow nonprofits in Los Angeles County to post their information and provide a central location where prospective volunteers can search through a growing roster of organizations to find places they can volunteer. So if your nonprofit is in need of volunteers to support essential services and you'd like to be added to the new Nonprofit Directory, visit the LA Mayor’s website and click on "About” then “Getting Started.”