Frontline Workers Counseling Project

We are a group of mental health professionals who wanted to do our part to support frontline workers risking their lives to keep vital services going in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. We knew frontline workers would need support but would likely not have the time or energy to find a therapist, especially during a crisis. We also knew lots of fellow therapists who wanted to donate free hours to frontline workers. But they didn’t have an easy way to let workers know that they were available. We formed the Frontline Workers Counseling Project to bring the two together. We created a website where frontline workers could connect easily to pro bono therapy with licensed and insured therapists. 

Our website,, now offers an estimated 1000 hours per week of free therapy and support groups to frontline workers. Your donation will assure that we can continue to provide this vital resource for frontline workers.

Frontline workers endure incredible strain to provide us with essential services we need—and sometimes to save our lives. As mental health professionals, we understand how the constant fear of exposure and the extra burden of protecting coworkers, customers, and family members can take a toll on mental health. Many workers also face long hours, financial uncertainty, and family obligations. These workers need help now, but they will also need help for months and years to come. Often the traumatic effects of toxic stress only show up when the heroes are no longer in the spotlight. Your donation will ensure that their efforts are not forgotten.

Frontline workers who have used our website have told us that it makes therapy easily accessible.  Many of them are juggling a job and family responsibilities and don’t have the time to look for a therapist that fits their schedule and takes their insurance. With our website, they can schedule a free appointment on their cell phone from the breakroom and avoid weeks of playing phone tag. In therapy, they have expressed the exhaustion and the uncertainty of sometimes being mobilized for extra work, sometimes facing pay cuts and financial insecurity, as the demands driven by the pandemic fluctuate. Workers have expressed gratitude to the Project for being a steady source of support when everything in their lives feels unpredictable and at risk.

Because we know traumatic effects can be cumulative, we want to support frontline workers for the long term. Our volunteers are committed to providing completely free treatment for the duration of the crisis. Unlike other initiatives, we do not limit support to a few free sessions, and we do not ask for any fees. Since workers have hectic schedules, our therapists offer evening and weekend appointments and short appointments based on worker preference. While our volunteer therapists are already helping to meet a crucial need for mental health services, the need keeps growing. Your donation will help us to expand our recruitment efforts, so we always have therapists available on demand.

Your donation will also support our ongoing outreach to frontline workers to let them know about our services through social media campaigns, community initiatives, and partnerships with organizations aiding frontline workers. Frontline workers, especially those who are serving the most vulnerable among us—those who are sick or homeless or facing other hardships—often put themselves last and are less likely to reach out for help. Your donation will help us reach the people who keep you healthy, deliver food and supplies to you, care for your children, and take care of the other vital functions so we can all get through this pandemic safely. Frontline workers are there for us. It is our turn to show up for them. Please show your appreciation and gratitude by contributing to our campaign.

In just a few short months, we have created a robust network of therapists to serve frontline workers in the Bay Area. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has lauded our efforts as a vital part of addressing the city’s mental health needs. But we know that the need is great nationwide and that hotspots are constantly changing. Your donation will also help us create a toolkit to replicate our Bay Area chapter nationwide, allowing us to respond nimbly to wherever the need is greatest.

48947726_1592539051408915_r.jpeg is proud to act as fiscal sponsor to the Frontline Workers Counseling Project, given the important charitable services it is providing to an important charitable class of people. is a 501c3 non-profit organization (EIN #81-2279757) and solely responsible for the collection and management of your donations in support of the charitable services described here.  All donations may be eligible for tax-exemption, and will issue donation receipts on a quarterly basis. 

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Frontline Workers Counseling Project 
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