Ways to Help

Donate a mask to your local hospital. Many healthcare providers are in need of masks, gloves, and other supplies due to the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). If you are able to sew a mask, the CDC has a tutorial listed on their website. A list of organizations currently accepting homemade masks, as well as how many they need, can be found here.

Reach out to those around you. The COVID-19 pandemic poses significant mental health risks to Americans, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In particular, the American Psychological Association has identified domestic violence, child abuse, and suicide as major concerns. If you are able to do so, check in virtually with family, friends, co-workers, or someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Additionally, consider providing support to those in need through the following organizations:

Support your local food banks. Food banks across the country are strained due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Many food banks are in need of donations and volunteers to keep up with demand. If you are able to, consider donating to Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. To volunteer, locate the nearest food bank below and reach out to see if they are accepting new volunteers.