COVID-19 Relief

Hari Om!
As we battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the current situation has given us a clear reminder of how interdependent we all are, bound together like a string of pearls as Gurudev would say.

While all of us feel the impact of the novel coronavirus, the burden falls most heavily on those who have been marginalized in our society. Homeless people, those on the poverty line, individuals without health insurance are all feeling the pinch most of all, as many struggle to get even a single meal for the day.

Many students around the country rely on schools to provide free or low-cost meals. Many of the children in these families have no other way to get their meals for the day. With most schools around the nation closed until further notice, many of these families are struggling to get additional basic necessities met.

With all this suffering around us, we must ask ourselves: How can we as members of this community step up to help meet their needs?

Chinmaya Mission San Jose has identified these community service organizations serving the fringes of our society, that could use a helping hand.

  1. HomeFirst  HomeFirst serves more than 5,000 adults, veterans, families, and youth each year at seven locations including our Boccardo Reception Center, which is the county’s largest homeless services center. And their ultimate mission is focused on helping people in need find and keep permanent housing. CMSJ sevaks have volunteered at their facilities ranging from breakfast at the Boccardo center, sleeping bag and winter coat distribution.  CMSJ made a first contribution of $5000 for essential supplies that they identified as immediate needs.
  2. Community Seva  Community Seva is working tirelessly to help address some of the biggest challenges the homeless population are facing during this pandemic. Their Community kitchen serves around 1200 meals a weekend. This is still not enough to meet the demands of the hungry homeless with no access to nutritious food. Grants from Silicon Valley of Non Profits allow them to serve daily sandwich lunches to the people in various encampments. They are planning to provide daily lunches for the months of April and May.
  3. Community Legal Services Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto works to improve the lives of low-income families throughout the region. CLSEPA specializes in immigration, housing, workers’ rights, records clearance, and consumer protection.
  4. Northern California’s Community Action Agency Sacred Heart Community Service started feeding hungry families in the neighborhood in 1964. Its services include food pantry, clothes closet, rental assistance and community organizing.

CORD USA (Chinmaya Organization for Rehabilitation & Development by Undertaking Sustainable Activities) is a secular, non-profit that aims to help communities create a sustainable program to aid in their holistic welfare. CORD USA serves humanity regardless of race, religion, color, gender or nationality. CORD USA is approved for company matching donations. CMSJ has partnered with CORD USA to facilitate fundraising.

Thank you for donating to help the community weather these difficult times. Please avail of company matches for this donation – CORD USA is an approved recipient of donation matches . In these times your dollars go further.

Please fill this form out after you make your donation to help us track your donations and any pending matches:

COVID-19 Donation Tracker

Please note that with CORD USA, 100% of your donations and corporate matching goes directly to those in need! Let us collectively bring our heads and hearts together as we help our fellow citizens in need through these extraordinary times!

Donation options

Online using paypal
Send money directly from your bank using Zelle
  • Organization name: CORD USA
  • email:
  • memo “CMSJ-COVID-19 Relief”

Please enter your donation into the COVID-19 Donation Tracker.

Check donations
  • Check payable to: “CORD USA”
  • Memo: “CMSJ COVID-19 Relief” AND your-email-address
  • mailing address: Chinmaya Sandeepany 10160 Clayton Road San Jose, CA 95127 

Please enter your donation into the COVID-19 Donation Tracker.

Finally, this too shall pass.

Unto HIM our best

Update: May 1st

Chinmaya Mission San Jose seeded the covid-19-response fund with $15000 – and there’s been a strong start of donations pouring in from the community. As of this week $13000 has been disbursed – as cash and in-kind donations. More donations continue to be pledged as the word gets out – thanks for your support.

Update: May 20th

Thanks to the strong support from the community, a total $43K has been disbursed.


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