14 ways to give back during the coronavirus outbreak

Mar 25, 2020

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It’s a scary and unpredictable world we’re living in. As coronavirus cases continue to rise, more and more people are struggling in some way, whether it’s physically, financially or mentally.

As we all continue to do our part by staying home, there are a few additional ways you can help those who are struggling. We’ve put together this helpful list:

Donate to a local food bank

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: A worker for the Food Bank For New York City moves a pallet of food headed to needy Americans in hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico on September 29, 2017 in New York City. Two trucks filled with bottled water, diapers, personal care items and food left the food bank's Bronx headquarters and headed to Newark Airport for a direct flight to Puerto Rico. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

There are thousands of Americans out of work and many are struggling to provide their families with sustainable meals. If you have the means to do so, consider donating food to your local food bank. Here are some NYC-based organizations.

City Meals – In need of 200,000 meals

This organization is, “taking donations to ensure every one of our homebound elderly neighbors in need has nourishing meals during this dangerous outbreak.”

Food Bank for New York City – Every $1 provides 5 meals

The Food Bank for New York City is committed to ensuring New Yorkers in need continue to have access to meals during times of crisis. 

God’s Love We Deliver – Looking for volunteers and donations for emergency meal bags

A nonsectarian organization that prepares and delivers “nutritious and medically tailored meals” to people living with illnesses. Donate here.

Donate to the CDP Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund

This fund supports nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations. Areas of emphasis include helping health-care workers purchase masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment; supporting quarantined and vulnerable individuals; and hygiene promotion campaigns. You can donate here.

Donate to “Feed the Frontline”

Healthcare providers are working tirelessly to not only treat COVID-19 patients, but their regular patients as well. These doctors, nurses, janitors, security guards, sonographers, and transporters are on the frontlines trying to fight this pandemic and many don’t have time to prepare meals. Donate to provide meals for hospital employees here.

Donate blood

There is a massive blood shortage right now and high demand for blood. Blood drives have been shut down, but many donor centers are still open six to seven days a week and stepping up efforts to keep their facilities safe and sanitized to ensure everyone’s health and safety. If you’re healthy, consider donating. To find hours and locations of donor center in your area, visit the Red Cross website.

Use Charity Charge to turn your purchases into donations

The Charity Charge Nonprofit Business Mastercard, issued by Commerce Bank, is the first-of-its-kind card to offer benefits specifically geared toward non-profits. With the card, organizations get 1% cash back on every purchase that’s automatically applied to their monthly statements.

Buy a Social Distancing Hat to support Meals on Wheels

All proceeds from this stylish hat ($30) will go directly to Meals on Wheels, which brings food to the elderly so that they can safely stay inside. Buy it here.

Buy a Cameo of Brian and provide a meal for a hungry kid

(Photo by Wealan Pollard/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wealan Pollard/Getty Images)

TPG himself is now live on Cameo and ready to record whatever message you request. All proceeds ($100/message) will go directly to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending child hunger. Currently, No Kid Hungry is especially focused on providing healthy meals to kids who are no longer getting them due to coronavirus-related school closures. Book a Cameo here.

Support a local business

With many states ordering the closure of non-essential businesses, small business owners are struggling. However, there’s a few ways you can still show you support like buying a gift card. Check out some other ways to support here.

Donate masks and gloves to local hospitals

Hospitals are running short on protective gear. If you have extra masks or gloves, consider donating to those on the frontlines.

Check-in with your neighbors

This is an unprecedented global pandemic, everyone is struggling in someway. Be kind and call your neighbors to see how they’re doing.

Video with family and friends

(Photo by Artur Debat/Getty Images)
(Photo by Artur Debat/Getty Images)

With everyone social distancing, it can get pretty lonely — especially for those who live alone or are self-isolating. Set-up a time for some group FaceTimes.

Give your public transportation pass to a necessary worker

If you have an unlimited or multi-ride pass for local public transportation that you’re no longer using, consider donating it to someone who has to get into work each day. Health care professionals, first responders, and even grocery store workers are on the front lines of fighting this disease. They could use the free ride.

(Featured photo by Parinda Yatha / EyeEm / Getty Images)

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