How You Can Help

How You Can Help

As a school committed to teaching and modeling ethical responsibility, we find ourselves in a situation ripe with opportunity; there are so many ways to support our community in this crisis. Please consider the below opportunities and reach out if you have other projects we can share.

HandsOn San Diego & United Way Volunteer Hub

The Volunteer Hub is a “one-stop-shop” where San Diegans can find ways to help other San Diegans get through the pandemic crisis together. Among the MANY opportunities to help, you will find ways to: donate in-kind goods, roll up your sleeves and volunteer in-person, help from the comfort of your own home, and lend your professional skills to organizations in need.

Donate Books and Puzzles for Underserved Children

Alexis Shenkiryk '21 has founded Pages and Puzzles, an organization dedicated to providing books and puzzles to local, underserved children. Kids need books and healthy entertainment now more than ever, when they may not be in school or have access to libraries. Pages and Puzzles is offering "contact-free" pickup from any home or business in San Diego for the next two months. It's easy to participate and a small contribution can make a big difference. For details, visit pagesandpiecesbookdrive.com.

Sew Masks You Can Donate

Have a sewing machine and want to increase your skills? Van Oyama 'P22 is working with a San Diego mask making group and has offered to donate pre-cut material, elastic and instructions to any student who would like to sew masks. If you are interested, email communications@pacificridge.org and we will connect you with Mrs. Oyama.

Help Our Robotics Team Create Face Shields

The Pacific Ridge Singularity FTC Robotics Team 7696 is working with Forecast 3D to produce face shields for several hospitals and elder-care facilities. Their goal is to provide 800 professional face shields which are urgently needed. Support this effort by donating through Singularity's GoFundMe page.

Help Fund Hand Sanitizer Creation

Sid Israni '21 and chemistry teacher Justin McCabe have joined forces to make hand sanitizer at Dr. McCabe's Vista distillery, 117° West. They have made hundreds of bottles and are delivering them to local organizations such as food banks and health clinics. They have made hundreds of bottles and just need supplies to create more. You can support their effort by donating to Sid's GoFundMe drive.

Feed Hospital Workers with Ki’s School Lunch Donations

Still have a balance on your Ki’s School Lunch account? You can donate it and Ki’s will use it to prepare free meals for hospital workers at Scripps Encinitas, Scripps Green, Scripps La Jolla and Sharp Memorial Kearny Mesa. Email Ki’s at info@kisschoollunches.com, indicating the amount you would like donated. Don’t have a current balance? You can add more money to your Ki’s account for this purpose. Donating your lunch funds is a great way to help our frontline health workers and support local restaurants as well.

Send a Cheerful Card to a Senior Citizen!

The elderly are especially vulnerable to the negative impacts of social distancing. Our middle schoolers usually visit our friends at ActivCare Assisted Living in Bressi Ranch every week. Since no visitors are currently allowed and seniors are feeling especially lonely, we encourage you to write cards to residents. A simple card with a message of joy and love can really make a difference. Greeting card or postcard, homemade or not - use large print if possible; multiple cards can go in one envelope. Send them to Cards for Seniors, c/o Carmen Bandstra, Activities Director, ActivCare at Bressi Ranch, 6255 Nygaard St., Carlsbad, CA 92009. 

Help Provide PPE for Southern California Hospitals

Go Firebird alumni! Max Jorgensen ’14 and other members of the Southern California tech community have raised more than $80,000 to provide personal protective equipment to hospitals in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Palm Springs. Max hopes to expand the project to San Diego, and he believes the PRS community can help. Visit the group’s website and donate through GoFundMe (not tax-deductible) or go directly to the Count on Me Family Foundation (tax-deductible). Every $2 provides a mask to a hospital! If donating directly to Count on Me, write “San Diego” in the comment section so they can allocate masks to San Diego County.

Donate to Our Extended Medical Supply Drive

Director of Facilities Matt Marasciullo reports that when he delivered the medical supplies donated by our community before Spring Break, hospital staffers were ecstatic in their appreciation. So, we are going to offer this opportunity again. If you or anyone you know has personal protective equipment or other medical supplies to donate, we will make sure they get where they are needed most. If you have donations, contact mmarasciullo@pacificridge.org. Please click here for requested items. 

Support the North County Food Bank

No one should go hungry, especially during these extraordinary and uncertain times. Please support this online food drive for the North County Food Bank, one of our service learning partners, to help people dealing with sudden unemployment, food insecurity, and homelessness. Try out the virtual grocery store scanner and make a real difference for those in need.

Give Blood or Plasma

Blood donations go down when people are staying at home, but the need continues. The San Diego Blood Bank and the Red Cross are running drives in our area, and certain blood types are especially in demand. Contact the  San Diego Blood Bank or the Red Cross to make an appointment. The need for various types varies by day. They will communicate with you if they need to reschedule.

Support Our COVID-19 Emergency Reserves

The COVID-19 emergency reserves are monies set aside to help the school cover expenses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The reserves are expected to support payroll for our dedicated faculty and staff, emergency tuition grants for families who have lost jobs or substantial income because of the pandemic, and other extraordinary measures necessary to prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
 
Any gifts made to the 2019-20 Annual Fund between now and June 30 will be directed to these emergency reserves. Your support will help the community stay together and the school move forward. To contribute, click here.

Have a suggestion for more ways to help?

Please contact communications@pacificridge.org. Thank you!