*This blog is a repost originating from Gibson Sotheby’s International Realtor. See here for the original post.
|Even during a crisis that requires us to keep our distance from others, we can still come together as a strong, compassionate community.|
While there are a multitude of opportunities to support first responders and charities in need, below is a small sampling of organizations that could use a helping hand.
|Support nonprofits on the front lines.COVID-19 is creating new needs, while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits. If you’d like to donate directly to charities working to meet those needs, there are a few you might consider.Feeding America has a COVID-19 Response Fund that is helping food banks across the country feed those in need right now, including children who rely on school meals.The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts across the world to respond to existing cases and prevent the virus from spreading.The Red Cross is urging healthy, eligible donors to help keep hospital shelves stocked.|
|Help local organizations provide critical services in our community.If you are in a financial position to do so, consider making a donation to directly help your neighbors in need.The Women’s Foundation of Boston has launched a new fund to support women and girls in Greater Boston who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.Nellie Mae Education Foundation created a rapid response grant fund to respond to hate crimes and bias against Asian American communities.To help patients receive the care they need, Cape Cod Healthcare is asking its community to donate essential medical equipment or send monetary donations to its General Fund.|
|Donate relief funds for the Massachusetts hospitality industry.With Governor Baker’s dine-in ban in effect, Massachusetts restaurants and bars—and the employees who keep them running—are facing an economically challenging road ahead. Eater Boston has prepared a list of fundraisers supporting local restaurant staff in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Relief funds for Boston-area artists, singers, and musicians are also helping workers experiencing lost revenue from gig cancellations.|
|Share information with family, friends, and neighbors.Your voice is powerful—use it to remind those in a financial position to do so to support the charities they care about. Speaking up for the needs that exist and sharing how you are helping can inspire others to action. As you learn about the resources out there, share that information—there is an exhaustive list of stores across the country offering special shopping hours for senior citizens and the most at-risk, helping to limit their exposure to the virus. Massachusetts-based grocers include Stop and Shop, Costco, Target, and Whole Foods.|
|Support food services for those in need.The need for donations and supplies is greater than ever. Reach out to your local food pantry and ask how you can best support them with your time, keeping safety in mind.Headquartered in Brookline, Massachusetts, Lovin’ Spoonfuls is accepting donations to their food rescue program, delivering fresh, healthy groceries to over 160 nonprofit agencies across the state.The Greater Boston Food Bank has various initiatives aimed at supporting families experiencing food insecurity.Project Bread is welcoming donations to fund its “rapid response” efforts for families.|