How to Stay Safe & Give Back during Covid-19
April 2, 2020
Covid-19 has effected all of our lives, the lives of our loved ones and people everywhere. I’m praying for us as a global community to lift each other up, and navigate our circumstances with mindfulness, compassion, and empathy. Staying inside and self isolating is so important to prevent the spread of this virus. Proper and constant hygiene has never been more crucial in terms of protecting ourselves and others. Through the roller coaster of emotions and feeling fearful, we have to access our deepest strengths and all stick together to stop the spread.
I know it’s hard to stay productive, but we can find accomplishments through acts of kindness and helping those in need. Some things I have been trying to incorporate are: store runs for more vulnerable family members, reaching out to loved ones to offer support, offering a donation to a food bank, supporting local businesses, and just trying to give back wherever I can. I’ve listed some great organizations and charities below for both those who want to give back and those in need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, you’d be surprised how many people are willing and would be more than happy to help especially during times like this.
I really hope everyone is actively staying diligent with hand washing and staying home! I know we can do this together while loving and helping each other from a far. I’m sending so much love and support to all of you and holding space for hope. Stay strong and stay home, we will overcome this TOGETHER, as one.
I wanted to support and list some of the organizations and charities that are doing such a beautiful job giving back and contributing positive initiatives during these difficult circumstances. If you can help, I’d recommend to check one of these out but also, if you NEED help, I’m sure one of these will be helpful for you and your family.
I’m happy to be donating to some of these charities through some partnerships that I’m working with but also that Im donating to on my own, I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can help others in need. Nothing makes me more happy than to lend a hand, help and give back!
I would love it if you can please see below the list of organizations and charities and what they offer and see if you need help or maybe contribute, thank you guys so so much!:
LA FOOD BANK:
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been fighting hunger in Los Angeles County since 1973 and has distributed more than 1.2 billion meals across our community. The Food Bank provides food to more than 300,000 people on a monthly basis and distributed 81.2 million pounds of food and product in 2019 to children, seniors, working families, veterans, and other neighbors in need. To support the vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles, food and products are distributed through a network of more than 600 partner agencies directly to children through their Children’s Backpack and Summer Lunch programs, to approximately 28,000 seniors each month through their Senior Nutrition program, and to working families and college students through the Mobile Food Pantry.
For more information, visit LAFoodBank.org.
If you’re looking for a way to join the fight against hunger. Donate, volunteer, and fundraise for the Food Bank.
• Donate – www.lafoodbank.org/donate
• Volunteer – www.lafoodbank.org/volunteer
• Fundraise – www.lafoodbank.org/WeFeedLA
DAIRY COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA:
Millions of students rely on school meals for nourishment, and while schools are closed they have a balanced nutrition program which offers free meal services to children, ages 2-18, living in communities throughout California. You would just need to visit the website below and look up which county or school district is closest to you.
For more info visit: https://www.healthyeating.org/Schools/School-Wellness/Alimentacion-Escolar
NO KID HUNGRY:
Deploys funds to ensure access to free meals continues for children in need, especially with schools closed. It is providing $1 million in emergency grants immediately to help schools and community groups feed kids during the outbreak and making sure families know how to find meals while schools are closed.
For more info visit: https://www.nokidhungry.org
Supports the critical health protection work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is raising emergency response funds to enable the CDC to respond to covid-19
For more info visit: http://www.cdcfoundation.org
Works in the United States and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with lifesaving medical resources. The organization is delivering protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to health-care organizations in areas with confirmed covid-19 case
For more info visit: https://www.directrelief.org
PARTNERS IN HEALTH:
is a social justice organization driven by the uncompromising belief that everyone, especially those most in need, deserves the right to health care. Last year alone, we conducted 1.6 million outpatient visits globally. With your support, Partners In Health delivers health care to the world’s most impoverished places so everyone has access to health care, no matter where they live.
For more info visit: https://www.pih.org
MEALS ON WHEELS:
Delivers nutritious meals to the country’s most vulnerable seniors. Donations will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel, and enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated elderly recipients.
For more info visit: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org
An organization/community that helps deliver necessities. You can either donate a needed item or request an item of need. They define it as a “GIVE” for the helping of a neighbor and an “ASK” for requesting help with essential items you need.
For more info visit: https://intellihelp.org
UNITED WAY WORLDWIDE:
Supports communities struggling in the wake of the virus by supporting local United Ways and the 211 network, a free emergency support service helping people in crisis. Funds distributed to local United Ways help with everything from connecting families to food pantries to aiding those experiencing financial hardships due to lost wages.
For more info visit: https://www.unitedway.org
With a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries, donations to its covid-19 response fund will help food banks across the country support the most vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic.
For more info visit: https://www.feedingamerica.org
RESTAURANT WORKERS’ COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
Directs money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community and provides zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or reopen once the crisis has passed. It will establish a relief fund for individual restaurant workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of covid-19.
For more info visit: https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org
ONE FAIR WAGE:
Provides cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers who need the money they aren’t getting to survive.
For more info visit: https://ofwemergencyfund.org
Los Angeles Mission exists to provide help, hope and opportunity to men, women and children in need.
For more info visit: https://losangelesmission.org
SUPPORT SMALL & LOCAL BUSINESSES
A local catering company turned food delivery service during this crisis to help people stay indoors.
For more info visit: https://www.urbanpalate.com/
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES:
Is an initiative that lets you show your support for your local businesses during this challenging time. Here’s how you can help. Visit the website below and search for a local business, If your favorite business isn’t on the list, add it. Then purchase a gift card now so that you can enjoy it later. Easy as that!
For more info visit: https://supportlocal.usatoday.com/