How to stay safe

Street Patrols

Keep the streets of Chinatown safe. Volunteer to be on the lookout for anything suspicious

Community Ambassadors - Chinatown

Description: Hires and trains neighborhood residents to provide a visible, street-smart safety presence in targeted neighborhoods.

Service Area: SF, specific neighborhoods

Hours: M-F 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Language Capacity: English, Spanish, Chinese

Contact: Adrienne Pon

Phone: 415-581-2360



SFPD Central Beat Patrol

Description: Step up targeted patrols in AAPI communities as well as businesses and gathering spots

Service Area: SF, specific neighborhoods

Contact: Julian Ng

Phone: 415-315-2400

Email: or

Street Violence Intervention Program (SVIP)

Description: Aims to reduce street violence and homicides through street-level prevention and intervention.

Service Area: Tenderloin, Western Addition, SOMA, Bayview, Potrero Hill, Mission, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, Alemany and Lakeview.

Contact: Arturo Carrillo

Phone: (415) 652-3924


United Peace Collaborative

Description: Assist seniors, women, children, and the disabled.

Service Area: Chinatown, Sunset

Hours: Mon-Sun, afternoons and evenings

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, limited Spanish

Contact: Leanna Louie

Phone: 415-310-8412

E-mail: or


Escort & Transportation Service

If you are an AAPI who feels unsafe traveling alone in the bay area, these are community services that will help escort and/or alleviate the transportation cost.

Community Living Campaign

Description: Provide wrap-around support for older adults and those living with disabilities to help get them to vaccine appointments by assisting with covering San Francisco's Essential Trips Card (ETC) and providing financial assistance to cover the user's share of the cost, as well as assisting with coordinating Lyft rides to vaccine appointments.

Service Area: SF Citywide

Language Capacity: English


Phone: 415-638-9183


East Bay Asian Youth Center

Description: A Peace Ambassador program in Oakland with escorts for elderly residents resulting in a multiracial, multi-ethnic team of residents.

Service Area: Oakland and Sacramento

Hours: M-F 9am-5pm


Oakland/Sacramento office: (510) 533-1092



Essential Trips Card - Discounted/ Free Taxi Credits for Seniors/ Folks w/ Disabilities

Description: Help seniors and people with disabilities make essential trips in taxis during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Age 65 or older

  • Have a disability

  • Those with health conditions or mobility challenges that prevent them from using Muni or accessing nearby transit stops or stations

Service Area: SF Citywide

Language Capacity: Staff will provide language assistance for customers who prefer a language other than English

Contact: Call 311 M-F between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to sign up


Lyft Program for Vaccinations

Description: Mobilizing partners and community members to help provide access to 60M rides to and from vaccine appointments.

Service Area: SF

Hours: 24/7 depending on driver availability

Language Capacity: Depends on driver


NOTE: For service providers booking a ride for someone, the recipient must have a Lyft account

Senior Escort Program

Description: Assist seniors who have been afraid to go out to the bank, post office and doctor's office because of recent attacks.

Service Area: SF Citywide

Hours: M-Sun 8:30 am - 6 pm depending on escort worker's availability

Language Capacity: Cantonese, Mandarin

Contact: 415-533-4714 or 415-355-6700 for referrals.

For program specific questions, please contact Evonne Zhu, Senior Escort Program Supervisor: 415-677-7697


Home Delivery of Supplies/Goods

These are services that provide necessities for seniors and low-income Asian/Immigrant communities.

Stepping Stone

Description: Ensure senior safety and well-being by home deliveries of food and necessary supplies, in-person doorstep assessments, and online therapies.

Service Area: SF

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Russian.


Phone: 415-974-6784



Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay

Description: A refuge and resource for low-income, South-East Asians and other underrepresented immigrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Service Area: East Bay

Hours: M-F 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Language Capacity: English, Vietnamese


Phone: 510-891-9999



The Yellow Whistle

Description: The Yellow Whistle is a symbol of self-protection and solidarity in our common fight against historical discrimination and anti-Asian violence. The whistle is a simple gadget with a universal purpose—to signal alarm and call for help—for all Americans.

Language Capacity: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Malaysia.