It’s a scary, strange and anxiety-producing time in the world right now. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world and infect more individuals, the need for community and support has never been stronger.
Schools are closed, restaurants and businesses have closed up shop, and many of us are stuck inside trying to figure out how to put this time to good use. Besides, of course, our community heroes — doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, research scientists, epidemiologists, grocery clerks, truck drivers, cashiers and a whole host of other people who are still going to work every day, and risking their own lives, in order to keep our society running.
While this health crisis has taken lives, caused massive economic disruption, delayed sports seasons, school lessons and inconvenienced pretty much everyone — it’s also been a beautiful display of humanity at its finest.
People have come together through the shared will to survive and an instinct to help others do the same, and that is a beautiful thing. I can’t think of a better time to donate to a charitable cause that you believe in, because we’ll all need a little help from each other to get through this.
The Best Charities to Donate to During the Coronavirus…
Here’s a list of organizations currently accepting online cash donations that will go directly back into the community through healthcare support, meal services, elderly care and other avenues. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and keep in mind that there are many ways to support your community non-monetarily. With a little research, you can also find local nonprofits in your community that could use some extra support right now.
- Frontline Responders Fund
- Heart to Heart International
- Direct Relief
- Project C.U.R.E.
- Save the Children
- The Help Hourly Workers Go Fund Me
- Give Directly
- Howard Brown Health Center
- The Humane Society of the United States
Our first responders are first and foremost the people who need our help right now. Whether it’s support for their families, soaps and sanitization materials or protective gear to keep themselves healthy — healthcare workers are in desperate need of supplies. If you have unopened packages of medical supplies like face masks, you can probably donate them directly to local hospitals.
It’s estimated that in certain parts of the country the number of critical cases is going to surpass the number of ICU and hospital beds very quickly, some as soon as two weeks. Hospitals are doing everything they can to prepare, but each of those beds needs to be staffed 24/7. That requires a significant amount of equipment and people.
If you’re thinking of making a donation, consider doing it now so they can prepare for the massive influx of patients coming their way.
Keep reading for more information on the charities listed above, as well as directions on how to donate.
Frontline Responders Fund
Currently, the global delivery service Flexport is donating all of its resources to helping first responders, medical staff and hospital workers the supplies they need to battle this crisis. This includes helping manufacturers make the supplies and delivering those items to the correct hospitals in the right numbers.
It’s a tremendous logistical effort that is one of the most critical needs at the moment. All donations will go towards the Flexport.org Fund, managed by grant partner CAF America, and covers the cost of transportation of materials for the crisis.
If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so here.
Heart to Heart International
Heart to Heart is a global health humanitarian organization devoted to improving the lives and wellbeing of individuals across the globe. They specialize in delivering resources, volunteer work and making connections across communities.
Right now they’re dedicating their resources to delivering desperately needed medical supplies, medication and equipment to communities around the globe battling COVID-19. If you’ve like to make a donation and help them expand their supplies delivery and medical testing programs, you can do so here.
Direct Relief is a humanitarian not-for-profit organization that focuses on emergency preparedness and the treatment of disease for some of our country’s most vulnerable populations. They’re active in all 50 states and focus on providing direct, transparent and targeted assistance to the people they serve in a way that does not undermine their own autonomy and dignity.
Their aid is tailored to the communities they help and individual needs without regard to politics, religion, ethnicity or ability to pay.
Make a donation here to Direct Relief to help deliver life-saving supplies to communities in need; you can donate online here.
Project C.U.R.E delivers critically needed medical and life-saving supplies to hospitals, clinics and other healthcare centers all over the U.S. and the developing world. They’re on a mission to save lives through the efficient and environmentally-friendly distribution of modern equipment to facilities all over the world.
They’re the second-largest distributor of donated medical supplies in the world with more than 2,000 containers shipped and 134 countries served.
Right now, they’re taking requests from hospitals and coordinating donations to hospitals, EMS and governments near one of their distribution centers in Denver, Houston, Chicago and Phoenix. There are a multitude of ways to donate to their COVID-19 response, and you can find them all and make a donation here.
Save the Children
With school closures and education happening virtually, education, especially for younger children, is being gravely affected by the health crisis. Children across the country aren’t just missing out on classes, some don’t have access to healthy food at home and rely on their school for the only full meal they get daily.
Save the Children is a charity focused on children and all of their unique needs when it comes to childhood hunger, education and psychological development. At a time like this, in a health crisis, the effect on children whose schools have closed and friends are far away is significant..
They’re one of the world’s leading experts on childhood and are now helping to provide meals, books and educational materials to children affected by the coronavirus. Make a donation and help out children across the country stay on track with their growth and development.
Help Hourly Workers
As restaurants, bars and other businesses have closed, hourly workers who rely on tips for their wages have seen their income disappear overnight. Some aren’t sure when they’ll be able to return to work, and others have already been laid off.
Journalist and Twitter personality Yashar Ali has partnered with Tipping Point and Robin Hood, two organizations founded with the purpose of helping underserved communities in their respective cities, New York and San Francisco. Robin Hood has been around for nearly 30 years and Tipping Point since 2005.
All donations will go toward financial grants for hourly workers laid off because of this crisis. It’s a great way to offer direct support to hourly workers. If you’d like to support this great cause, you can access the GoFundMe page here. GoFundMe also matched donations up to $50,000 to kick off this fundraiser, which is pretty cool.
Wish you could just give cash to those who need it most? GiveDirectly has been doing just that since 2008. They believe cash is the most effective and efficient way to help people and has a multiplier effect in the local economy.
In the wake of COVID-19, they’re working on giving $1,000 grants to families who need it most including single mothers and other vulnerable households. They’re going to start with 200 households and expand from there. They know how to execute this type of distribution, as they’ve delivered over $150 million to vulnerable individuals in countries all over the world and in the U.S.
If you’d like to give directly to underserved individuals, families and communities, you can donate here.
Howard Brown Health Center
The Howard Brown Health Center is solely dedicated to the well-being of LGBTQ individuals and their allies through health and wellness programs. They focus on programs designed to meet the individual needs of these populations regardless of need or ability to pay.
They offer a range of medical, clinical, educational, mental and social care services with a sliding scale form of payment to ensure everyone has access. If you choose to support their COVID-19 response your money will go towards supporting their symptom screening call center, medical supplies at their clinics and resources for youth experiencing homelessness at their Broadway Youth Center in Chicago.
If you’d like to make a donation to their efforts, you can do so here.
The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit created by Congress for mobilizing private-sector and philanthropic resources for supporting the CDC’s healthcare and disease-prevention work.
They believe in harnessing the power of charity donations and the work of the CDC for providing critical medical supplies, equipment and education in the wake of a crisis like this one. The collective can do so much more than the individual, and right now they’re entirely focused on the Coronavirus.
They’ve launched a Crowdfunding Campaign you can donate to here.
The Humane Society of the United States
In the midst of all of this, our furry friends need our help as well. Even though it currently doesn’t look like your pets can contract the COVID-19 virus, animal shelters across the country are closing and need help housing and saving animals.
The Humane Society is one of the best causes to support in coordinating this effort nationwide as they assemble toolkits for animal shelters, collaborate with rescue partners and support their Pets for Life program that aids pet owners in underserved areas.
They’re delivering supplies to senior or immobile clients with social distancing and trying as best they can to not interrupt pet care while society is mostly on hold. If you’d like to help them accomplish this mission, you can donate here.