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Ways to Give

Give to Help Our Neighbors in Need

Your time, talent, and treasure create positive change in the lives of those who need us most.

Help Us End Homelessness

Some supporters give their time and talent by volunteering in our food pantry, on a committee or the Board of Directors, in advocacy activities or for special events. Others donate food, clothing and other necessities. Many of our champions make financial donations or get their employees involved. 

At Ritter Center, we value each and every way our supporters are changing the lives of low-income seniors, veterans, and families and those experiencing homelessness. Check out all the ways you can make a difference.

Checks can be addressed to “Ritter Center” and mailed to: Ritter Center, Development Team, PO Box 3517, San Rafael, CA  94912.

Make an Annual or Monthly Gift

Your gift supports all of Ritter Center’s programs and services including medical and mental health care, housing support, benefits assistance, our food pantry, and seasonal programs. 

Mail a Check

Want to send a donation via check? Checks can be addressed to “Ritter Center” and mailed to: Ritter Center, Development Team, PO Box 3517, San Rafael, CA  94912. If you want to allocate it to any specific program or need, please include a note with your check. Contact Development & Marketing Assistant Annie Everett if you have any questions about making a donation.

Donate Essentials

If you would like to donate critical and everyday necessities, please view our list of high-need items that we regularly provide to our clients and patients. You can now drop items off Monday through Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm!

Seasonal Programs & Campaigns

Thanks to generous donors we can offer season programs which provide food and living essentials at key times. We run dedicated campaigns to fund our Back-to-School Backpack Program, Thanksgiving Meal Kits, a Holiday Gift Card Program and our annual Holiday Dinner for people experiencing homelessness.

Planned Giving

Make a significant impact by leaving a legacy gift in your will. When you commit to a planned gift, you’ll become a member of our Casa Azul Society where you’ll receive special communications and invitations to a new annual event.

Stock Donations

A great way to maximize the tax benefits of supporting Ritter Center while avoiding costly capital gains taxes is to donate appreciated stock. Speak to our Financial Advisor to learn more.

Volunteer with Us

We need your time and talent! Imagine yourself packing and distributing food in the food pantry, serving a holiday meal, preparing backpacks for kids, writing thank you notes and holiday cards, helping at a special event, or joining our Board of Directors. 

Shop to Support Our Work

Check out our store! You’ll find Ritter Center and Under the Stars branded apparel for kids and, adults, housewares, camping gear, office items and memorabilia including mugs, notebooks, blankets, plush toys, and even pet items. Every purchase supports our work!

Sleepout to End Homelessness

Under the Stars: A Sleepout to End Homelessness is now a YEAR-ROUND fundraising activity you can do with your family and friends. For just one night during the year, we invite community members to sleep outside of the comfort of their beds and raise funds for our vital services and programs to prevent and resolve homelessness. NEW registration website coming soon! 

Under the Stars: A Fundraiser to End Homelessness in Marin

Join guest speakers Mayor Kate Colin of San Rafael and Emmy-winning reporter Cornell Barnard from ABC7 on May 16th, 2024, from 5:30-8pm on the Maple Lawn, Elks Lodge, San Rafael for an inspiring evening of great food, family fun, and fundraising for Ritter Center. Learn more and buy tickets at RitterCenterUndertheStars.org.

Get Your Company Involved

As a corporate partner you can get involved in so many ways from program sponsorship and employee volunteer days, to grants, matching gifts, and service donations. Contact Annie Everett at (415) (415) 847-8043, or email [email protected] to learn about opportunities.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions about making a donation of any kind, please contact Annie Everett at (415) 847-8043, or email [email protected].  



Mailing Checks

Want to send a donation via check? Checks can be addressed to “Ritter Center” and mailed to: Ritter Center, Development Team, PO Box 3517, San Rafael, CA  94912.

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