Want to help out those suffering from COVID-19 or the medical teams and other professionals who are responding to the crisis? The first thing you can do is stay at home unless it is absolutely essential that you go out.
But this article is going to be chock full of ways you can help by donating financially. When something like this happens, people often want to help but they don’t know how. Money is ALWAYS needed. So, let’s take a look at some ways you can help financially – big or small, all help is appreciated and it will make you feel good, too.
First, you can donate directly to someone who is currently battling the virus.
If you think you don’t know anyone suffering from Covid-19, guess what? You do! If you want to directly support a family impacted by the coronavirus, you can donate here on my website. There is a link to the righthand side in the widget area, and there is also a link at the bottom of this post.
But Lisa, why do you need cash when you’re sick? For many people suffering at home with Covid-19, money is the best thing for them. Here’s why:
- You still need to pay your bills and you’ve been out of work because you’re sick
- You need supplies to help you get and remain healthy – cleaning products (hard to find), Tylenol, tissues and other items will be used up
- You need food and you can’t go out to the store while infected – this means you need groceries delivered and you might also need prepared meals delivered if you are too sick to cook
- It can also be helpful to a sick and quarantined family to have things to pass the time – coloring books, puzzles, new video games, etc. can make the time a bit more comfortable
- Mail and delivery services are taking longer to arrive and many items are out of stock
Home care instructions will tell you to clean, to wear gloves and a mask when caring for other sick family members, and to wear them when doing laundry or cleaning items sick family members have used. Keeping clean is important to avoid re-infection or secondary infections.
Now, let’s look at some other people and organizations who can use your help.
A wishlist of nurses on the front lines fighting Covid-19: BNI Neuro ICU Wishlist is another great place to start if you want to give something directly to those in need.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a general emergency response fund to help it respond to crises like the coronavirus pandemic, and the World Health Organization, United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have created the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
You can visit GoFundMe’s home page to find the top fundraisers for Covid-19 relief and you can also search for others. There are fundraisers to get masks to those who need them the most, fundraisers to help hourly workers stay afloat while out of work, help for families who have funeral expenses due to Covid-19 and so much more.
Global Giving also has a coronavirus relief fund. The total was up to $1,240,831 at the time of my writing this post. You can donate once, or sign up for a monthly contribution to help with the long-term impacts.
Direct Relief is delivering personal protective equipment like masks, gloves and gowns to healthcare workers responding to the outbreak.
Meals on Wheels delivers hot food to homebound seniors, and the organization has a specific COVID-19 response fund.
Feeding America also has a COVID-19 fund dedicated to helping local food banks.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America is helping feed kids in its programs and find childcare for parents who must remain working.
The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation is providing funds directly to workers affected by the crisis as well as the local organizations supporting them.
You can also:
- Donate to a homeless shelter in your community
- Donate to churches in your community who are giving back
- Donate to food pantries in your area
- Pay people you normally hire for services (house cleaners, stylists, barber, etc.)
- Give directly to a friend you know is sick
Look around you for other ways that you can help in this time of need. Money is not the only way to give. You can donate time, love, a listening ear, a kind word, a card, or any other token that feels right to you.
It all adds up, it all matters, and it all helps in these troubling times. Stay safe and take care of you and yours. We will get through this.
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