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Coronavirus: How to Care

Mar 14, 2020

How can we care well for our community, especially our vulnerable neighbors, during this time of uncertainty? Many of our front-line partners have been providing information on the most useful ways we can help in this critical time. In-person serving opportunities are limited. While some partners can use donations of food and other goods, the greatest need now is cash donations so they can quickly respond to ever-evolving needs.

How can you help?

Ways to Give:

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina 

Give directly to the FBCENC. They work with local partners to determine the best way to serve our most vulnerable friends and neighbors—senior citizens and children (and their families) who are losing the daily school meals they rely on due to school closures. 

Durham Public School Foundation 

Give directly to the DPS Foundation. They coordinate with our school district and youth, serving nonprofits to ensure support efforts are aligned and resources are allocated to the most pressing needs. These funds will support critical needs identified by DPS and our community partners, such as meals and remote learning resources.  


Give directly to NeighborHealth, which serves some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Our hospital systems are anticipating a wave of patients; organizations like NeighborHealth are vital in serving our uninsured neighbors. NeighborHealth’s "Whole-Person" approach not only focuses on medical needs but also the emotional and spiritual health of the community.

Send Relief 

Give directly to Send Relief, whose trucks deliver food, hand sanitizer, and cleaning products to our ministry centers around the United States. These ministry centers focus on areas of poverty. Donations to the “Greatest Need” fund are helpful to keep these trucks moving and stocked.

Ways to Serve:

Durham Rescue Mission

Provide support by dropping off donations of hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, face masks, wipes, or disinfectants (see complete list and instructions on their website). 

Raleigh Dream Center

Volunteer to serve lunches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to vulnerable children in the Wake County School System. They are asking for 12–15 volunteers each weekday at various locations.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

Start a virtual food drive and invite your friends, families, and coworkers to join your virtual shopping to supply needs to families, seniors, and children in need.   

Other Practical Ways to Serve Your Community:

1. Care for those in your circles who are elderly, immuno-compromised, or otherwise vulnerable:

  • Offer to pick up groceries, medications, or other necessities that would require them to be out in public spaces.
  • Reach out to them to let them know they aren’t alone.

2. Support the healthcare workers you know:

  • Send a text or drop off a note of encouragement.
  • Deliver a meal to their home or run errands for them while you are out.
  • Offer childcare for their kids while they work and rest. (An enormous number of healthcare workers are single mothers. With numerous school closures, many of them are unable to work—and this at a time when they are needed most!)

3. The Nextdoor app is a great way to be proactive with serving your neighbors and helping them with needs.

4. Contact your child’s school to see how vulnerable families are being cared for.

5. Contact your workplace to see how hourly workers are being cared for.

6. Give blood: If you are healthy, now is a good time to give.