Nonprofit organizations that depend on donations and volunteers have been disrupted due to COVID-19. With an increase in demand for their services and a decrease in donations and means of fundraising, they need our help now more than ever. Many of them have to turn people away due to a lack of volunteers, reduced staff, lack of supplies, and lack of funds. Ahead of the holidays, the demand will only increase which means we need to act fast.
Many of these nonprofits may have locations near you and provide essential services like food assistance, emergency shelter, senior care, substance abuse disorder treatments, and much more. Simply Google the organization and see how you can help:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters – striving to keep kids supported during coronavirus related stress and social distancing
- Cleveland Clinic Hardship Fund – helps first responders who are on the front lines who need financial assistance
- Feeding Florida – provides hunger relief throughout all 67 counties with local chapters in need of donations
- Goodwill – assists people through a variety of employment placement services, job training programs and other community-based services.
- Habitat for Humanity – provides safe housing and living situations for those in need
- Make a Wish – grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses
- Meals on Wheels – provides nutritional needs and combats social isolation for senior citizens
- OneBlood – blood donations for those undergoing surgeries, treatment for cancer, have blood disorders and more
- Salvation Army – supports those with financial needs through rent, utility and food assistance, among others
- United Way – helps with food assistance and emergency financial assistance
If you are seeking volunteer opportunities, go to www.volunteerflorida.org to see how you can help your community during this trying time.