Volunteers in Action!

Harbortown Heros


The Lagoon Community volunteers turned out to clean Marina Lagoon once again. 36 Harbortown volunteers converged at the main dock on Saturday, March 21st to pick up trash along Fashion Island Blvd, Mariner’s Island Blvd, Armada Way, the lagoon shoreline, under the docks and foot bridges. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this a real community effort.


By the numbers: 36 residents + 1 boat + 2 hours + a dumpster full of trash = a shoreline is that is much cleaner and safer because of their work. Discarded items from toys to syringes are ugly and, over time they block the flood control channel that homeowners rely on to keep them safe in wet weather.

Thank you to Linda and Richard Hedges for coordinating this event with City support.

Harbortown Volunteers cleanup the Lagoon.

25th Avenue Holiday Spruce Up Dec 10th - Visa Inc. Volunteer Service Event


55 Visa Volunteers = 220 hours
53 Bags/Compost and 6 bags/Garbage


In light of the heavy rain that was forecasted to follow the 25thAveue Holiday Spruce Up event, there was a significant effort focused on cleaning leaves that would normally have block the sewers on and around 25th avenue.
Washing windows, removing graffiti, helping merchants decorate for the Holidays and sidewalk stenciling. Great teamwork by all involved.  Visa volunteers really enjoyed their service, several merchants expressed their thanks directly to the volunteers and our staff teamwork shined in putting together an enjoyable day of community service.

The success of this event has definitely opened a door with Visa Inc. and other local companies for additional corporate volunteer involvement next year.

Thrivent Financial Volunteers Brighten Up North B Street


32 Thrivent Financial Volunteers, coordinating with North B Street Merchants, the Downtown San Mateo Association and the City’s Public Works employees, designed and implemented a special cleanup event in San Mateo’s Retail Area.

They swept the sidewalks, picked up litter and weeds, cleaned business windows, removed dirt & grime, planted flowers, and painted neglected building fronts.
Thrivent’s service contribution brightened the day for both merchants and their customers.  Thank you Thrivent Volunteers for a great clean up job!

Employee & Community Volunteers Team Up for the Troops


44 Volunteers joined forces at San Mateo City Hall to write letters to our 101st Airborne soldiers and prepare care packages for 2 units in Afghanistan. Due to the generosity of so many residents and the hard working packing teams, we were able ship over 800+ pounds in 107 personal care packages for the troops and 1 care package for a canine trooper. San Mateo continues to lead the effort in being committed to supporting the troops of the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division for over 40 years – We Will Never Forget!

Interested in participating in donating or packing the next shipment? Visit the website for the 101st and signup for updates.

Bayfront Cleanup: Keeping Our Bay Healthy for 30+ Years!


More than 900 volunteers come out for our annual Bayfront Cleanup, held the 3rd Saturday of September.

Volunteers pick up 100's of pounds of recycling and thousands of pounds of garbage! Our cleanup in San Mateo is the most well attended single-location event for the entire Coastal Cleanup in all of the Bay Area and beyond.

We thank all of our volunteers, and hope that you had such a rewarding experience that you come back for next year's cleanup!!
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San Mateo CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)


San Mateo CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is made up of San Mateo resident volunteers who are trained to take care of themselves and their community in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, when first responders are overwhelmed or unable to respond in the first few hours and days because of communication or transportation difficulties.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the most good for the greatest amount of people.
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