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Financial Contributions

The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA) works to improve the quality of life for people in our community who suffer from mental illness. MHA seeks to ensure accessibility to adequate resources and works to guarantee that each person can live as independently and productively as possible.

Our funding comes from a variety of sources, but we rely on the generosity of individual donors to help sustain some of our most important programs.

You can make a donation to support MHA clients who use our housing services:

   $100 - Four hours of intense case management for young adults with mental illness.

   $100 - One week of food for Transitional Housing for seven residents at Spring Street.

   $75 - One month of food and activities at a Friendship Center for 100 adults with mental illness.

   $50 - Clothing for homeless who are employed or seeking employment.

   $35 - Four hours of Peer Counseling for a mentally ill mother of three children.

   $25 - Bus ticket booklet for school, employment, or doctor's appointment.

   $20 - Grocery vouchers for the homeless.


The Belmont Fund

You can make a donation to The Belmont Fund to provide social and support services for residents of the Belmont Apartments:

   $150 - Purchase a personalized courtyard brick at Belmont Apartments for people living with mental illness.


Annual Friendship Center Holiday Party

You can support Operation Reindeer, MHA's Annual Holiday Party for people living with mental illness:

This Holiday Party is the only holiday celebration for many of the mentally ill adults in our community, and we make it a traditional observance with a holiday meal and all the trimmings. There will be a disc jockey for dancing and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to distribute gifts to each person. MHA staff purchases 300 gifts for Friendship Center members, and for residents of our shelter, transitional and permanent housing programs.

A $25 donation will buy six gifts or feed five members our holiday lunch.

By Mail: MHA, 2686 Spring Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
By Phone: 650-368-3345
All gifts to MHA are tax deductible.


Cedar Street Apartments Memorial Tiles

Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and Cedar Street Apartments, Inc. invite you to purchase an engraved tile to support the residents of Cedar Street Apartments and other MHA clients through your contribution.

To make a donation please contact Shane Young at info@mhasmc.org or call 650-257-8816

Supporter Profile

Sandy Whitlark
"I support the Mental Health Association as my way of saying thank you for everything that their Friendship Centers do for the clients living with mental illness. My brother lives with a mental illness, and MHA has made it possible for him to have a place to go, to enjoy himself, to be with other people. My brother especially enjoys the parties, the food, and the outings. The outings offer a safe and familiar group environment where they feel comfortable, and go to places they wouldn't ordinarily go to. The Friendship Centers are wonderfully inviting places that offer a wide variety of activities and programs. Clients who attend are thrilled to be there and are eager to help with preparation and cleanup of meals and other activities. My brother's been attending Friendship Centers for 25 years, and they're vitally important in his life. The staff genuinely cares about the each client, and the clients respond so positively to this."

Donate Tangible Items

If you would like to donate items for MHA program participants, we would greatly appreciate any of the following items at any time:

  • Personal Hygiene Supplies for Shelter residents
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Gift cards for groceries and diapers in $10 amounts
  • Pre-paid phone cards in $10 amounts
  • Gift Certificates to fast food restaurants in $5 dollar amounts

If you have other items that you would like to donate, please contact Melissa Platte (650) 257-8814, info@mhasmc.org. Unfortunately due to limited storage we cannot accept large items.

Volunteer at the MHA

Volunteer at the MHA, and become part of the community supporting individuals with mental illness and their families.

Current Volunteer Opportunities available at the MHA:

Board Membership

The MHA Board of Directors holds ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the organization. The Board of Directors is composed of 12-15 members from the mental health community and from the private sector. The board has four roles:

  1. Provides legitimacy in the community
  2. Sets policy for significant issues of MHA operation
  3. Develops resources to allow the MHA to carry out its objectives
  4. Helps communicate with the public and mental health institutions.

MHA board members are:

  1. Knowledgeable about the Mental Health Association and its programs
  2. Leaders in their community or areas of expertise
  3. Willing to lead or participate in fundraising activities
  4. Able to make a time commitment to attend monthly meetings, board orientations, and retreats

For more information about board membership, please contact Melissa Platte, Executive Director, at (650) 368-3345 ext. 136 or info@mhasmc.org.

The MHA appreciates contributions and assistance from individuals, corporations, and foundations. If you have any questions about how you can support the MHA, please contact Melissa Platte, Executive Director, at (650) 368-3345 ext. 136 or info@mhasmc.org.

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