Giving Compass’ Take:
• Elaine Martyn, writing for Fidelity Charitable, describes three ways that you can help communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
• Are there opportunities in your area to help vulnerable individuals impacted by COVID-19?
• Read more on how donors can help address coronavirus.
You’re washing your hands. You’re avoiding large gatherings. But, in addition to taking all the steps to follow crucial safety guidelines for yourself and your family, what can you do to help the individuals and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Donate to nonprofits helping to respond to COVID-19—and your other favorite causes as well. The problem: COVID-19 is creating new needs, while putting enormous financial pressure on all nonprofits. What you can do: If you are in a financial position to do so, you should consider making a donation to directly help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve put together this guide to where donors can give to make a difference during this crisis. Donors can make the greatest difference by supporting medical needs in the United States and internationally as well as by supporting organizations that are serving vulnerable populations who will be most affected by the virus’ spread and the associated economic impact.
- Volunteer for organizations that are providing critical services in your community. The problem: Due to health and safety considerations, many regular volunteers, particularly those who are at higher risk due to age or medical conditions, will need to restrict their usual commitments in the coming weeks and months. What you can do: Reach out to local charities and ask how you can best support them with your time, keeping safety in mind. You can also search online for volunteer opportunities in your area.
- Your voice is powerful—use it to advocate for the individuals and organizations that need our help. The problem: People are worried, but not sure what they can do as individuals to help. Additionally, the problems created by COVID-19 are too big for any one individual or group to tackle, and needs will vary widely by community. What you can do: Share information with your friends and network on social media, in conversations about how you are coping during this time and via email.
Read the full article about what you can do during COVID-19 by Elaine Martyn at Fidelity Charitable.
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