Genentech gives back to SH and Community

On Friday, June 17th, twenty-five gracious employees from Genentech came out to support Samaritan House for Genentech’s Volunteer Day.

In the morning, half of the supporters gathered together in our warehouse to sort medications for recycling. SH pays for its recycling by weight, so shedding the packaging from the medications helped save money that can now be used to provide meals, doctor visits, and shelter for our families.

The other half of the group spent the afternoon painting the common area of our shelter, Safe Harbor. The colors on the newly painted walls lit up the afternoon for unsuspecting residents who returned to find their home transformed into beautiful, fresh shades of green and gold, and their spirits lifted.

Members of the Genentech community were encouraged to give back as part of Genentech Gives Back Week, a week which offers voluntary activities each day to give all employees a chance to make a difference in their communities. As another element to the week, SH was invited to participate in Genentech’s Nonprofit Expo on Wednesday, June 15th. Food and music set the mood as masses of Genentech employees visited our booth (one of approximately 20 at the Expo) to learn more about the organization and volunteer opportunities. Following the information booths were a silent and a live auction with proceeds benefiting the donor’s agency of choice. Overall, the event was a fun and educational experience for all!

Samaritan House thanks Genentech and its employees for taking the time to make a difference in our community. We hope to work with them again in the future!

For volunteer opportunities, check out our website at and be sure to join our Facebook page at for SH news and updates.


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With over 30 years of experience, Samaritan House provides a broad range of services and resources to low-income residents in San Mateo County. Services include case management, clothing, medical care, food, shelter, employment assistance, and food and toys for the holidays. All services are provided free of charge to low-income families.
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