MVBT: Senior Outreach Network

The foundations of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple Senior Outreach Network were laid a couple of days after Santa Clara County issued its Shelter-in-Place order.  By that Sunday, over forty volunteers from Mountain View Buddhist Temple’s Adult Buddhist Association (ABA), Jun Daiko and the Young Adult Buddhist Association (YABA) joined the first meeting over Zoom. 

There are now five regional teams and one Japanese-speaking team to support Temple members over the age of 70 with the following:

  • Buying groceries and other essentials *
  • Ordering meals through DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub and other meal delivery services
  • Sharing in a friendly phone call

* If a senior needs help with shopping, please have them use the Shopping List template (see next page).  Please note that deliveries will be made to the senior’s doorstep – our volunteers cannot enter their home and they will be maintaining physical distancing for their shared health and safety.

While we are unable to pick up or deliver prescription medicine at this time, we are recommending the NowRX service, which is a full-service pharmacy in the Bay Area that delivers within five hours, free of charge to Medicare subscribers (please no tipping either).  They also accept most major insurance policies except for those from Kaiser and MediCal.  Seniors can speak to a pharmacist on the phone, and their delivery drivers are HIPAA certified NowRX employees.  Seniors can either enroll online or over the phone.


Phone: 844-466-6979



If urgent medical assistance is required, please call 911.  Otherwise, call the relevant non-emergency helpline:

Non-Emergency Phone Numbers by City

Campbell: 408-866-2101

Los Altos: 650-947-2770

Mountain View: 650-903-6395

Palo Alto: 650-329-2413

San Jose: 408-277-8911 or text 311

Sunnyvale: 408-730-7180


Team Leads

North (including Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, etc.)

Donna Okubo

Mountain View

Jeff Sato


Bob Matsumoto

West (including Los Altos and Los Altos Hills)

Sterling Makishima

South Santa Clara County (including Santa Clara, San Jose, Campbell, etc.)

Jean Shimoguchi


Hiroshi Tanaka


MVBT Senior Outreach Network Leads

Alec Matsumoto

Brent Izutsu

Jean Shimoguchi

Susan Yuen