Season of Sharing Fund

Due to the high volume of need and requests we have received, we are not able to accept any new intakes for the Season of Sharing program at this time. This short pause will  allow us to provide assistance to those on our waitlist. Please check back with us next month for availability of assistance.

“There are so many people who are trying their hardest, just to get by. People like me. Struggling,” Perez said. “Sometimes all it takes is one act of kindness.”

Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund

Problem Statement: In 1986, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund co-founder, Walter A. Haas, Jr., and the Fund’s President, Ira Hirschfield, approached the San Francisco Chronicle with an idea: the Bay Area needed a charitable fund to help individuals and families in crisis.

Goal of the Program: The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund provides temporary assistance to help people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma counties. Over the last 33 years, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has distributed $138 million to help individuals and families in need.


Housing and Critical Family Needs assistance is provided in the form of grants that are paid directly to the supplier of services, such as a landlord or medical equipment provider. If you or someone you know needs temporary assistance and might qualify for a grant, please read on for a list of coordinating agencies and their phone numbers.

Donations are used to provide direct assistance to Bay Area residents with critical needs that cannot be met by other resources. Funds are distributed to help:

  • Families with dependent children 18 years and under
  • Individuals 55 and older
  • Disabled individuals
  • U.S. Veterans
  • Recent survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Pregnant individuals in 2nd or 3rd trimester
  • Emancipated foster youth between 18 and 24 (housing only)

Contact Information:

Sonoma County

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Phone: 211

How to Apply: Season of Sharing Partner Agencies for Application Assistance