They have plenty of opportunities available (particularly packing and distributing food for homebound seniors and others in need) for those in the city who want to help with coronavirus relief efforts, even if it’s just for a few hours.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has shifted its strategy and donation structure in the wake of the coronavirus—through an emergency fund, animal welfare groups who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will receive direct donations from the public.
We’ve rounded up some of the organizations that are doing important work right now, for anyone who wants to contribute their time and energy to the support relief efforts, in New York, Los Angeles, and around the country.
If you’re healthy and symptom-free, there are plenty of organizations that are looking for volunteers, plus, there are a few activities you can even do from home, like sewing cotton face masks or surgical caps.
New York Cares is an organization that partners with more than a thousand nonprofits around the city, making volunteer work easy and organized for anyone who wants to get involved.
The Bowery Mission is just one of the city’s organizations still working to aid the homeless by providing hot meals, offering showers and clean clothing on a limited basis, and distributing hygienic supplies.
To aid those impacted by the coronavirus, they’ve instated the Border Health Fund, which addresses the health needs of those at the border.
Even if staying home is one of the most important ways non-essential workers can help stop the spread of the coronavirus, it can feel crazy not to be doing anything productive right now.
Masks4Medicine is a collective of healthcare workers who have come together to help coordinate emergency PPE production and donation in New York City.
Developed in partnership with United Way of New York City, NYC Service is a local government-backed online portal for volunteer opportunities around the city.
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You can join in, or donate—Bowery Mission is looking for either cash or food-based donations: grab-and-go meals (like pre-packaged sandwiches and salads,) pre-packaged snacks, bottled water, and canned goods.
Via their Instagram account, they’ve linked to tutorials for sewing masks and surgical caps and making plastic face shields.
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