COVid-19 Where You Can Give Help!

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As Mister Rogers told us, “If you look for the helpers, you’ll know there’s hope.”

Try to be one of the helpers. Donate to your local food bank. Offer to deliver meals to elderly people or families with children who receive free or reduced meals at schools. If you’re healthy, donate blood to make sure hospitals have a full supply.

Collaborate with neighbors to check in on the most vulnerable in your community
As communities work to contain the spread of COVID-19, check in with neighbors that are part of the most vulnerable members of your
community, such as the elderly or homeless. Even volunteering to do simple tasks — such as grocery shopping, sharing child care or helping out with errands — can go a long way for those who may be in quarantine or have a compromised immune system.

Consider starting a shared Google document or spreadsheet so that neighbors who are able to chip in can share their contact information or availability. And if there are organizations in your neighborhood that are likely to be strained by the pandemic, such as homeless shelters, donate to those as well.

Self-quarantine and isolation can feel ominous, but it can also be viewed as “an amazing act of social solidarity: We’re sacrificing so we can give nurses, doctors and hospitals a fighting chance.” So amid the chaos and closures, try not to lose sight of the broader goal of these preventative actions and small favors.

Support small businesses that employ low-wage workers. And remember that small businesses in our communities will be hit hard by extended shutdowns. Do what you can to support them during this uncertain time.
Businesses across the U.S. rely on low-wage workers, and these employees often don’t receive paid sick leave or health care. In the food service industry alone, 7 million workers do not receive paid sick days. Service workers employed at grocery stores or cleaning services are often at the front lines of the public health response to pandemics like COVID-19.

Experts have predicted that low-wage workers could be the first to suffer from a COVID-related economic downturn, as businesses in sectors such as the service industry begin to shut down.
“Low-wage workers are definitely going to be coping with some pretty significant challenges, especially since they typically have fairly low savings and there’s not a lot of flexibility,” said Lara Shore-Sheppard. If you do go out to restaurants or cafes during the outbreak, remember to tip your servers well, even if it’s take out!
The profits restaurants make off their food is usually very slim, so consider tipping generously if you can. If you can’t go out to support small businesses, consider purchasing gift cards instead, to be used some other time in the next few months. Finally, if you know of businesses that are hiring, share any jobs with people who may lose work during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Pittsburgh Covid-19 LGBTQIA Emergency Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the particular vulnerability of our LGBTQIA+ people, especially those of color. Due to our community disproportionately experiencing a lifelong arc of violence and discrimination, many of our community members are impoverished and housing unstable.

Please consider giving the gift of freedom.
The Bukit Bail Fund is made up of volunteer members. Your donations go directly to supporting the release of incarcerated individuals and the campaign to end cash bail.

Ever wonder how many groceries are given out to help families in need? This does not include the milk, eggs, and meat, we bring them out the last minute, so they are still cold.This happens three times a week. Larger families get more food. 

Everyone helping at Faith Restorations Food Pantry, is a volunteer, all contributions we get go toward operating expenses.

This is what your sustaining donations do for those in need. Please continue to support Faith Restorations Food Pantry’s effort. Become a sustaining member helping those less fortunate. Send checks to Faith Restoration Food Pantry 186 Wagner Road Monaca, PA 15061

Donate blood
The American Red Cross is urging healthy people who are feeling well to donate blood or platelets. Is donating blood safe? Do blood drives test for coronavirus?

“As fears of the coronavirus rise, low donor participation could harm blood availability at hospitals, and the last thing a patient should worry about is whether lifesaving blood will be on the shelf when they need it most,” said Chris Hrouda, president of Red Cross Blood Services. There’s no evidence that this novel coronavirus can be transmitted through blood transfusions, according to the Red Cross. Find a donation site or blood drive near you here.

Find a blood drive. Type in 15222 and see about upcoming blood drives in the Pittsburgh area.

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Can You Help with Meals On Wheels? here’s a list of many in Western PA. Be sure to contact them first to learn about opportunities.