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IMG_1418Your financial and volunteer support are critical to Community Working Group’s efforts to eliminate homelessness in the Mid-Peninsula! You can also help by signing up for CWG news and updates, visiting to learn more about us, and helping us spread the word about our work to provide solutions to homelessness and poverty in the Midpeninsula!



Holiday Drop-in Shop Wish List

Donations of new or like-new clothing and toiletries are always welcome at the Opportunity Center. Here are the top items on the wish list for the holiday drop-in shop on December 20:

  1. Sleeping bags
  2. Back packs
  3. Tarps
  4. Blow-up mattresses or sleeping mats (inflatable without a pump)
  5. Warm coats/heavy hoodies (adult sizes)
  6. Bus Passes (tokens for VTA are in high demand)
  7. Gift cards for Walmart or meals (such as Subway, McDonalds, Taco Bell)
  8. Undergarments (NEW underwear and socks for men and women)

Donations for the holiday drop-in-shop will be gratefully accepted at the Opportunity Center, 33 Encina Way, Palo Alto, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday until December 19.


IMG_1439Your support enables CWG to provide rent subsidies to ensure low-income families are able to stay in their homes, cover all non-staff operational costs for the Opportunity Center’s service centers, contract with providers such as InnVision Shelter Network and Palo Alto Housing Corp to manage housing and services, and maintain the Opportunity Center and Alma Garden. Your support also enables CWG to continue to respond to community requests and research and develop potential new affordable housing opportunities.

Please make a financial gift and help us provide affordable housing and services for very low-income and homeless individuals and families, thus improving the quality of life for us all!


You may give online or mail your gift to:
Community Working Group
643 Bair Island Road, Suite 209
Redwood City, CA 94063

CWG is a volunteer-run organization; if you would like to explore dedicating your time and expertise to providing opportunities for affordable housing in our community or are interested in serving on a committee, please contact us at 650-299-8700 or

Donate Items

Residents and clients at the Opportunity Center and 801 Alma Family Housing gratefully accept clothes and other items.

Opportunity Center drop-in clients need hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, umbrellas, new underwear and socks, and toiletries. Donations may be dropped off 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Opportunity Center, 33 Encina Way, Palo Alto.

Families at 801 Alma Family Housing would enjoy special gifts such as tickets for movies or amusement parks, children’s books or toys, grocery or department store gift cards, and household items. Gifts may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 801 Alma Street, Palo Alto.