Get Involved to Make an Impact

Your investment in St. Mary’s Center directly impacts the lives of low-income seniors, preschoolers and their families in West Oakland. St. Mary’s Center creates stronger, healthier people and communities by providing:

  • community health assessments, mental health services, and addiction recovery programs all in one location
  • the only winter shelter specifically for seniors in Northern California
  • advocacy and services so seniors can age in place
  • a state-certified preschool, which lets us invest in the future

Below are a few of the ways you can make an impact and support low-income seniors, preschoolers, and their families in West Oakland.

Cash Donation

Click here to make a donation, or mail your donation to us:

St. Mary's Center
PO Box 23403
Oakland CA 94623

Matching Gift Programs at Work 

Corporate matching gift programs can double, or even triple your tax-deductible contribution to St. Mary's Center. Please contact your Human Resources Department for details.

Gifts of Securities

You can reduce your tax on the gain of appreciated stocks and other securities by donating them to St. Mary's Center. Contact Director of Development, Debbie Taylor at for stock donation instructions.

Planned Giving

Click here for more information about planned giving.

In-Kind Donations

If you would like to make an in-kind donation, you can find our wish list here.


  • Please call  Julie Merrill at (510) 923-9600 x200 or email to schedule a drop-off.
  • The best times are Tuesday afternoons, 2-4pm, and Friday afternoons, 2-4 pm.

We are grateful for the generosity of all our donors who help to provide essential items to the St. Mary’s Center community. We ask for your cooperation in donating the following items that are in great need:

KITCHEN: Cutlery, especially forks and spoons, pot holders, knives, coffee, tea, and sugar.  Please call Ja’meisha Hood to schedule a kitchen item drop-off: (510) 923-9600 x220 or email

CLOTHING: Both men’s and women’s clothing, new or gently used, washed and folded.

NEW TOILETRIES:  New make-up, feminine products, soap, body wash, creams, lotions and shaving supplies.

OFFICE SUPPLIES: Reams of copy paper, new office supplies. We regret we cannot accept ink jet printers.

ITEMS NOT LISTED:  For clothing, toiletries, office supplies or other items, please call Julie Merrill for further information: (510) 923-9600 x 200 or email

Please note that we cannot accept the following items:

  • Used underwear or socks
  • Open or used toiletries
  • Furniture items (due to storage limitations)

Please request a receipt if needed for tax purposes, and it can be mailed to you.