We are living in unprecedented times. Times like these can seem grim and without hope, but they don’t have to be. If we look, there is always light in darkness, hope in the hardest of times and something good to hold onto.
Right now that something good is the hope that many nonprofits and charitable organizations are spreading to bring relief to those affected by COVID-19. Here are some organizations focused on everything from healthcare workers on the frontline, to people who’ve lost work, to kids who don’t have a place to get a warm meal.
Let’s do more than scroll through a list of organizations. Let’s join them and give back to our communities at this time.
With kids out of school until the fall, it means thousands of kids who depend on free or reduced lunch programs are without meals. Revolution Foods is providing meals during school closures.
The recently passed COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act allows the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national waiver to make meals reimbursable. Under this act, in the 400 U.S. cities it serves, Revolution Foods is providing cold/hot breakfast, cold/hot lunch, cold/hot dinner, grab-n-go, shelf stable breakfast and shelf stable supper. Follow them on Instagram here for more updates.
As of Friday, April 3, across America, kids in need have missed almost half a million meals. Actresses Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner are stepping up to make a difference in the lives of families nationwide. They launched Save With Stories, in partnership with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, to provide meals and educational tools for kids and parents stuck at home due to the spread of coronavirus.
Each weekday, the organization is offering stories on Instagram and Facebook read by some of your favorite celebrities. You will find familiar faces like Tracy Ellis Ross, James Marsden, Cindy Crawford, Kathie Lee Gifford, Sophia Bush, Gabrielle Union and Chris Evans, just to name a few. The organization is asking for a one-time gift of $10 to continue providing for the health, education and nutrition needs of kids.
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Welcome to @SAVEWITHSTORIES (and please welcome my friend @amyadams to Instagram!)—a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing (without hair and makeup!!) as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between @savethechildren and Share Our Strength’s @nokidhungry (and thank you to our founding publisher, @scholasticinc ??). . THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and #SaveTheChildren and #NoKidHungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! . These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. . If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. . Thank you and stay safe. XX #SAVEWITHSTORIES
Due to the spread of coronavirus and the “safer-at-home” orders from state and federal governments, there have been a large number of blood drive cancellations nationwide. The Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage.
Healthy donors are needed to help patients including victims of car accidents and other emergencies, or patients suffering from cancer requiring lifesaving blood. The Red Cross is looking for blood donations, and in some areas, they are looking for volunteers to help hand out meals, like in L.A. county to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). You can also donate financially to ensure that the Red Cross is able to continue to provide critical services to those affected by disaster.
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We have the privilege to witness people step up to help during times of disaster and crisis. Today is no different. Blood donors and collections staff have made it possible to meet the immediate needs of patients relying on lifesaving blood products. Unfortunately, the coronavirus crisis appears to be far from over. We encourage you to keep scheduled appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable blood supply throughout this pandemic. #COVID19 #donateblood #everydayheroes
Established in 1999 by the UnitedHealth Group, the United Health Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that provides health care coverage and benefits services. In the face of the economic effects of COVID-19, the organization has pledged $5 million to provide urgent support for people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity at this time. This money will be split between their partner organizations the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America.
More of a movement than an organization, Stay In Speak Out is a movement of people trying to spread the word about the importance of staying home during this global pandemic. The mission is to help people take back control and to empower them to save lives through awareness.
They have five simple steps that every person can take part in to make a difference:
- Stay home.
- Donate $5 to UNICEF (so basically your cup of coffee that you won’t need to buy in the meantime).
- Post the graphic and caption to your social media.
- Ask 10 friends to do the same.
- Be a part of something amazing!
What organizations do you know that are contributing to COVID-19 relief? Comment below!
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