How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Posted on April 8, 2020

The best way to help during the COVID-19 pandemic is by supporting local response and relief efforts with a donation. As part of the CARES act, tax filers can include an additional $300 deduction for a charitable cash contributions in addition to the Standard Deduction. For more details click here. Below is a list of organizations needing donations now:

  • Airmen and Family Readiness Center’s Food Pantry – Join in the #packthepantry movement for Airmen on Hill Air Force Base. Dropoff locations on base: Hill Shoppette Bldg 420, OPS Bldg 5, AMXS CSS, MXS Bldg 58, or MSG Bldg 36. If you do not have access to the base please contact Linda Kelley at 801.315-9530 or 801.336.8400 to arrange for you to drop off or pick up any donations.
  • Bountiful Food Pantry relieves hunger and increases the self-sufficiency of individuals in need living in Davis County. Click here to donate.
  • Family Connection Center provides help with emergency child care, housing, and food. Click here to donate.
  • Feeding Our Frontline Community Fund provides free meals at hospitals for frontline caregivers working tirelessly to protect our community. Donations are distributed at least once per week to Steward Health Care, Intermountain Healthcare, the University of Utah Hospital and MountainStar Healthcare systems for the ongoing support for Feeding Our Frontlines. Click here to donate.
  • One Utah Child Care is a new emergency childcare system for children of employees in the health and public safety sectors that are essential to keeping Utahns healthy and safe. Click here to donate.
  • Open Doors provides resources to families back to getting on their feet including food, emergency child care, housing, and family support. Click here to donate.
  • Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund goes directly to organizations statewide that provide vital services and assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Donate on your tax form or donate online.
  • Safe Harbor Crisis Center provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness, and resources to our community. Click here to make a donation, or contact Glady Larsen at (801) 698-2926 or Ariella Bennet at (801) 682-0127.
  • Silicon Slopes COVID19 Utah Community Response Fund supports surgent needs as a result of this pandemic, such as FDA-approved COVID19 test kits and medical supplies for those health professionals and nonprofit workers in contact with potentially infected individuals. Click here to donate.
  • Suazo Business Center is a Utah business resource committed to the development and empowerment of the Latino/Hispanic and other minority communities. They provide assistance to help existing and potential minority entrepreneurs succeed and build wealth. They provide advising in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Click here to donate.
  • United Ways of Utah COVID-19 Community Response Fund is working to ensure economically vulnerable Utahns have the help they need to weather this storm, and providing support in our community to alleviate some of the economic impact many Utah families are facing, including Rent and mortgage assistance, Rapid rehousing, shelter diversion, and homeless shelters, Crisis nurseries and childcare providers, Healthcare services for vulnerable Utahns, and 211 Information and Referral. Click here to donate.
  • Utah Food Bank works with several Davis County food pantries. Click here to donate.

You can also download a guide provided by Davis County for those local organizations needing assistance.

Opportunities to help or volunteer also exist throughout Utah. Organizations that continue to need volunteers can be found through UServeUtah. To ensure the safety of staff and other volunteers, please sign up or call in advance so the sponsoring organization is prepared. Anybody who feels sick, shows symptoms of COVID-19, or has been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for the virus should not leave their house to volunteer. Those opportunities include:

  • Healthcare Volunteers to staff overflow facilities being prepared to care for lower-acuity patients in the instance our hospital bed capacity and staff support become critical. Click here more info and to volunteer.
  • Personal Protective Equipment Donations. For a list of equipment needed and how to donate click here.
  • Give Blood or Plasma. Utah faces severe blood and plasma shortages due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate blood and plasma. To learn more and sign up to donate visit ARUP or Red Cross for blood and platelet donations, and for plasma visit BioLife Plasma or Grifols Biomat.
  • United Way has a list of volunteer opportunities and in-kind donation needs from their partners that have been deemed high-need. Click here for more information.
  • Bountiful Food Pantry relieves hunger and increases the self-sufficiency of individuals in need living in Davis County. Non-perishable food is needed and volunteers may be needed. Click here for more information.
  • Utah Food Bank works with several Davis County food pantries. Click here to find locations and where food donations are needed.

For continued updates on volunteer and donation opportunities check here and here.

Support local businesses by purchasing gift cards directly from the business or from the Buy Local First Utah Buy Now, Buy Later, Buy Local gift card program! For more info and to purchase gift cards visit www.localfirst.madai.com.

In addition, our non-profit museums, sports organizations, art festivals, musicians and artists, also need support. We encourage you to make donations, purchase season tickets, annual memberships, etc. After a long period of isolation, our communities are going to need live interaction, connection, and celebration more than ever. Some of these organizations include: