"If you're caring for an elderly or disabled loved one in the home, sign up for CaringBoost to get expert guidance on how to provide every day and home health care with your own loving hands. CaringBoost is offer their entire lesson library free through July 31st. It's been a huge help to me recently and I highly recommend it!" -Lauren C
"Off Their Plate (OTP) is a grassroots movement to feed frontline COVID-19 healthcare workers warm, nutritious meals, while restoring the jobs of restaurant employees. Healthcare professionals are not only being asked to work around the clock, but also, many of them lack access to nutritious food as cafeterias are closing or severely limiting their offerings and many health systems operate in food deserts. At the same time, this pandemic has left many local restaurants shuttered and thousands of workers without pay. OTP is addressing both of these impacts by raising funds and partnering with restaurants to provide income continuity for their workers and prepare healthy, delicious meals for our healthcare heroes!" -Elizabeth L
Umbrella is a national business that helps seniors connect with recommended providers. In light of COVID-19, Umbrella is now using their business as a way to sign up volunteers and have them shop for a senior's groceries while they shop for themselves (and deliver them). It's a really easy way for someone to help but truly makes a difference for a senior.
You can pre-order products from your favorite restaurants through The Restaurant Project and Haus will pay the restaurant immediately, so your purchase will have an immediate impact. Then you'll receive your bottle when it’s ready in May, and they'll keep you posted every step of the way.
"Medical facilities lacking PPE are using anything they can - even makeshift trash bag gowns! Whether new or in the back of your closet, donate a graduation gown to help protect healthcare workers." - Community Member
"Pajama Program is a nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children to help them thrive. Since 2001, the organization has provided over 7 million cozy pajamas and inspiring storybooks to children nationwide who are exposed to adversity, as well as critical resources to caregivers to support children at bedtime. Stay in your pajamas on May 2nd and walk/run/ride from wherever you are to bring our community together in the face of the COVID-19 crisis for a safe, healthy activity to promote our mission of supporting comforting bedtime routines for all children. Sign up as a team or individual and post a selfie on May 2nd, tagging @pajamaprogram and hashtagging #pajamawalk!" -Jyothi N
"Come help and support local/indie bookstores while they are closed (if you are able). A part of your purchase goes to supporting bookstores." -Jamie E
"One thing you can do right now if you're unsure how to help others is to shop from small businesses. Bonus points for any small businesses in your area! To help you out, we made this shop of some of our favorites." -Alisha, GNI team
"Find a safe way to take some food to the elderly, disabled (like me), or immunocompromised in your community." - Scarolet E
"I truly believe that if this virus has given us anything, it’s an opportunity to celebrate the best of our communities. GIVE-19 provides a way to do that, with the megaphone all the goodness deserves!" - Emily Davis
"You can host a virtual 5K on behalf of Bethesda Project, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, housing, and supportive services to adults experiencing chronic homelessness in Philadelphia. It's so fun - you invite friends to join an online group, charge an "entrance fee," and run solo at their own pace and over any length of time! Participants can post on their own social media accounts letting people know they're running a virtual 5K and encourage their friends to make a gift online! It's a great way to help the community while being active." -Sarah
"Real Heroes Need Masks is a physician-driven movement educating about PPE shortages and mobilizing public action to get desperately needed PPE into the hands of those who need it most, our front-line health care professionals." -Christine
If you're looking to share a small gesture of thanks or "I'm thinking of you" right now, you can support a local restaurant or bookshop by sending friends or loved ones a meal or book from somewhere nearby that's using delivery to stay open. It's like two acts of care wrapped into one.
Your worth starts with who you are, not what you do. We're all doing our best to help out right now and this post from @lisaoliveratherapy is a good reminder that how "good" of a person we are does not depend on how much we can do or help right now.
Given the shortage of PPE (and masks in general), non-medical masks can still offer some protection for regular folks. By giving $5, you can help donate a mask to an organization that needs them.
"Many restaurants and bars have donation links to directly support staff who are without jobs right now. I recommend making a donation in a friend's name to a place that holds a lot of memories for you, or somewhere you like to go together. You get to help someone out and let a friend know that you're thinking of them at the same time!" Olivia H.
Whether they're local, in your hometown, or online only, they need it now more than ever. We curated a collection of a few small businesses that we love too.
This is a tough time for many, many people. It's important to acknowledge that. We're keeping friends and loved ones looking for work in mind as we find resources like this one.
Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely — anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works.
The Red Cross is in "critical need" of blood donations due to the staggering number of blood drives they've had to cancel due to the current situation. The need for donors hasn't gone away, and you might just be able to help!
Airbnb is helping to provide housing for COVID-19 responders by recruiting hosts and raising funds for the folks who are serving on the front lines of this thing.
United Way is currently partnering with organizations in your city (or at least close by). They have a nifty page on their website where you can search for the place that you call home and offer assistance to your community.
We created this post so that folks can find enouragement during this unsettling time. If you have a few minutes to spare, consider dropping a note of encouragement to a few folks who could really use it right about now.
It's a tough season for small businesses, and these organizations are helping to alleviate the pressure on the service and agriculatural industries.
Local businesses could really use your support these days, and an easy way to offer it is to buy gift cards or merch from your favorite spots for future use! You're literally paying it forward.
Using a Google Form, you can invite folks in your area to be on standby to help at-risk neighbors by grabbing their groceries or running their errands.
Calling all crafters! Our healthcare workers could really use all the masks they can get right now, and you can help. Try out this tutorial on how to make your own at home to donate.
Many people have to sacrifice pet food and care to be able to care for their families during this time. Use this resource of ways to get pet care items and assitance so you can keep your furry friends at home and out of a shelter.
If you've already maxed out on daily walks with your dog, try offering them mental stimulation in addition to physical activity. Tails of Connection is a Slack community and online challenge to help you teach your dog a few new tricks, practice and maintain obedience, and also strengthen your bond through fun games! Plus all that thinking will tire them out.
Know someone who works in the health care field? Support them by offering to watch their children, their relatives, or their pets. Deliver groceries, walk their dog, or give their parents a call to check in.
Call, text, DM, or email your friends and family in the health care field and ask them how they're doing. Give them time and space to respond, because they might be working (or might just be tired). They'll appreciate your kind words.
If you can't financially support your favorite local shops or online businesses, tag a few of your favorite stores on social media and share an item you're looking forward to saving up for, an item on your wishlist, or an item you think a friend might like.
They've been there for you — now it's time to show up for them. The team at Bon Appétit shared a list of ways to support your local restaurants and their workers right now.
Older folks in our community are experiencing heightened uncertainty and isolation at this time, but you can help by calling to check in, sending a note of encouragement to let them know you're thinking of them, or offering to run errands if it's safe and possible to do so.
Set aside 5-10 minutes (or more if you can spare it!) to brainstorm ways that you might be able to help your neighbors — from a safe distance, of course. This might look like posting encouraging signs or notes around the area, planting flowers to brighten someone's day as they walk by, or simply waving when you notice folks around. A little encouragement goes a long way!
We've all seen the empty shelves at the grocery store. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community to support those who are in need. Consider donating food or non-food items to your local shelter, food pantry, or similar organization in order to support our neighbors during this uncertain time.
Next time you head to the grocery store, first text someone you know that may not be able to go right now. Ask what they need and drop it off at their doorstep.
Give them a call and ask what they need. No better time than now to (carefully!) drop off a care package of much-needed supplies or food items.