02 Apr How You Can Help the Greater Houston Community Combat the Effects of COVID-19
With shelter in place orders issued for Houston area counties and an extension on social distancing until April 30th, you might find yourself with some extra time on your hands. Here are some ways to keep yourself active and busy while giving back to the community and helping vulnerable groups such as the elderly.
NOTE: If you are sick, do not volunteer. If you have any underlying conditions, please consider opportunities to support organizations that are utilizing “virtual or remote” volunteer opportunities.
With blood drives being canceled, blood donation organizations are in dire need of donations.
DirectRelief provides personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) in all 50 states and 80 countries. Donations can be made here. Be sure to select “direct my donation to” and “Coronavirus Response.”
Restaurant Workers Community Foundation directs funds to individual restaurant workers and organizations leading efforts in the restaurant community and also provides zero-interest loans to businesses during this time.
Jim McIngvale, otherwise known as Mattress Mack, is asking for donations Donations are accepted through his gofund me page here.
The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers to pack food kits for at-need individuals and families, many of who are not in a position to conserve food. The food bank is taking steps to keep volunteers safe. Volunteer groups have decreased in size to implement social distancing and cleaning has increased in frequency. Learn more about volunteer shift types and register here.
Become a volunteer at Kid’s Meals Inc. Pack lunches in the kitchen or deliver meals on wheels to homes of children in need.
Sign up to be a volunteer at Target Hunger and deliver meals to those in need including the elderly.
Although Houston area school districts are closed, they are providing free meals for families who depend on school-funded meal programs. Click here for a list of school districts serving meals and their pickup times.
Houston Methodist has made virtual non-emergency urgent care available. More information is available here.
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