This Sharing SLO page gives an overview of some of San Luis Obispo’s sharing economy.

Note: during the 2020 pandemic, the site is coordinating a lot of local, grassroots mutual aid efforts.

Every town has a “Sharing Economy,” which sometimes goes by names like “caring economy,” “solidarity economy,” “transition,” and “community resilience.” There are currently movements afoot around the world to try to organize local sharing economies and help them to grow and thrive. Elements of the sharing economy include:

  1. Making / Repurposing / Repairing / Recycling Things
  2. Food & Garden
  3. People Helping People
  4. Sharing Economy Entrepreneurs & Experiments
  5. Environmental Protection
  6. Commons and Public Spaces
  7. Skills-Sharing & Education
  8. Neighborhood and Common Interest Groups
  9. Health & Fitness
  10. Transportation
  11. Public & Local Media
  12. Legal Assistance & Mediation
  13. Free Public Events and Activities
  14. Housing
  15. …and more!

Making / Repurposing / Repairing / Recycling Things

  • Bike Kitchen — bicycle maintenance education, parts recycling and do-it-yourself work
  • Central Coast SLO-Recycle — an email list for people who want to give away things they no longer have use for
  • The Community Cabinet — have something you don't want anymore? Put it in! See something you like? Take it!
  • E-Waste Fundraiser — let young techies repurpose your obsolete electronics
  • iFixit — creates and hosts open-source repair documentation and produces how-to repair videos
  • Recycled Building Materials — Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Box Kite Barnyard, SLO Green Build, Pacific Coast Lumber
  • SLO Freecycle — keeping stuff out of landfills while building a sense of community
  • SLO MakerSpace — an open, collaborative shop and idea laboratory where people can make their projects
  • Sm(ART) Studio — make art with sustainable arts, crafts, household goods, and materials
  • Studio Stitch — learn fabric arts skills (e.g. sewing) in workshops and classes
  • Thrift Stores — giving used but usable clothes and goods a second chance

Food & Garden

Mostly Food & Beverage

Mostly Farm & Garden

People Helping People

Sharing Economy Entrepreneurs & Experiments


Credit Unions

Worker-owned Cooperatives

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Cottage food producers

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Renewable and Off-the-Grid Energy Providers

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Environmental Protection

Commons and Public Spaces

Skills-Sharing & Education

Neighborhood and Common Interest Groups

Religious Groups

  • Front Porch — it's a cafe, it's a Christian outreach opportunity, it's free of charge

Support Groups

Fraternal Organizations

  • Cacophony Society — subverts the mundane and plays the knee-jerk reactions of the populace like a pipe organ
  • Fraternities — Cal Poly's communal living and mutual benefit societies
  • Rotary — fosters the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise
  • Xi Sigma Pi — Cal Poly's forestry honors society

Health & Fitness

  • AIDS Support Network — assisting our neighbors, friends and families who are living with HIV disease and AIDS
  • Alpha Pregnancy & Parenting Support  — provides free services for local women, their infants, and families during pregnancy and for a year after birth
  • Community Counseling Center — provides short-term, low-cost, professional counseling for individuals, couples and families who would not otherwise be able to afford it
  • Community Health Centers — enhances the health status of people in the Central Coast of California, with special emphasis on the medically underserved
  • Low-Cost Yoga — free and very-low-cost yoga classes in SLO
  • Noor Foundation — high quality free healthcare to uninsured people living within our community
  • Planned Parenthood — combines medical services with education and public advocacy to enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families
  • RunFreeSLO — connects those who are experiencing ​life's challenges with the power of running
  • Riso Family Loan Closet — short-term loans of durable medical equipment
  • SLO Bangers — syringe-exchange program
  • Vita Fitness Course — a course around Meadow Park that has stations set up for fitness exercises
  • YMCA — helps you develop your mind, body, and spirit in a relaxed atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome


  • Cal Poly Bicycle Coalition — promotes and advocates for a better pedestrian and bicycling atmosphere at Cal Poly
  • Ride-On — provides door-to-door transportation 24 hours a day every day with advance reservations
  • Rideshare — promotes alternative modes of transportation such as biking, carpooling, or taking the bus
  • SLO County Bicycle Coalition — transforms San Luis Obispo County into a safer and more livable community by promoting biking and walking
  • SLO Safe Ride — facilitates safe transportation for people at events that facilitate inebriation
  • SLO Transit — bus service in the San Luis Obispo area

Public & Local Media

  • Amateur Radio — the local ham radio scene
  • Blogs — do you know of a blog that covers the local scene? list it here.
  • Cal Coast News — cranky, cantankerous, a thorn in the side of the local political establishment
  • HopeDance — a local take on the latest in the left-leaning idealistic harmonic convergence zeitgeist
  • KCBX public radio — the local NPR affiliate
  • News by the People — reporting contributed directly to this wiki
  • wikiSLO — you’re soaking in it

Legal Assistance & Mediation

  • SLO ACLU — protecting what's left of civil rights in America, locally
  • California Rural Legal Assistance — a nonprofit legal services program that strives for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California's rural poor
  • Creative Mediation — provides dispute resolution services to individuals and organizations as a low-cost alternative to filing a suit in court or to resolve suits already filed
  • SLO Legal Assistance Foundation — provides and promotes affordable legal-aid services, assistance in self-representation, and conflict resolution for low and moderate income individuals
  • SLO Solutions — offers free conflict resolution services to all San Luis Obispo residents

Free Public Events and Activities

  • Concerts in the Plaza — a series of a free, two-hour Summer evening concerts in beautiful Mission Plaza
  • Disc Golfing — local, public disc golfing courses
  • Free Events — some of the many free events in the SLO area
  • Geocaching — a GPS-based treasure hunt for hidden containers containing some sort of surprise
  • Lunchtime Bocce — free, Thursdays at noon, Emerson Park, all ages
  • Write-A-Thon — spread the word and create content for this wiki

Bike Events

  • Bike Breakfasts — a part of Rideshare's "Bike Month" that features free breakfasts for bicyclers
  • Bike Happening —  a monthly night-time bike ride through downtown SLO on the first Thursday of every month
  • Bike-in Movie — a free, family-friendly event put on by Rideshare as a part of Bike Month
  • Bike Month — an annual event celebrating bicycling in San Luis Obispo
  • Full Moon Bike Rides — if you know the right people, you’ll be invited
  • Little 500 — a bike race that happens a few times a year around the Terrace Hill Loop
  • Tweed Ride — a leisurely bike ride where cyclists are expected to dress in traditional early 20th century attire


  • Community Living — communes, co-housing, and people who happen to share the same roof
  • HomeShare SLO — matches home providers (seniors with an extra room) with home seekers (people who need a room)
  • Hope’s Village — providing sustainable community living for local unhoused adults
  • RVs for Veterans — links donors of campers and other such inhabitable recreational vehicles with homeless veterans who need a place to live
  • SLO Housing Trust Fund — more affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County for low and moderate income households
  • Sunny Acres — provides a clean and sober environment for those with drug and alcohol addictions
  • The Lavra — an intentional community of people dedicated to discovering new ways of interdependent living
  • Tiny House Solutions — getting tiny homes on wheels in SLO city backyards as housing for low income residents