The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared coronavirus a global pandemic. It is affecting people all across the globe. Whether it means being quarantined on a cruise ship, finding alternative childcare, losing wages, or actually being infected, people’s health and daily lives are changing in big ways.
Donate to this general relief fund to directly support individuals affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as the organizations working to keep people safe, find a cure, or support their communities.
Funds raised on this campaign will be managed by Global Volunteer Network in, For independent non-profit organizations registered in the United States, Europe and countries affected including GCC.
Every dollar counts! Many thanks to all of you who have given to and shared this relief fund since we launched last week. Please continue to spread the word with those who might be able to help or benefit from the funds raised.
We’ve made a first round of micro-grants benefitting:
- a Boston food truck offering free, contactless meal deliveries to those in need
- an Italian hospital struggling in its efforts to provide medical care
- an organization in Canada providing food for the elderly
- a UK drive to donate your commuter fare to a financial aid charity
- and others
We are also proud to share that we have selected recipients of two larger grants to organizations that are providing global and US-based relief during these uncertain times: United Way Worldwide and Feeding America
United Way Worldwide
United Way is helping communities affected by COVID-19 all over the world. In Japan, United Way (through its partner, the Central Community Chest of Japan) aids families during mandatory school closures by providing meals, learning groups, stocked food banks, and childcare for single-parent households. In Korea, United Way and the Community Chest of Korea are supporting healthcare workers on the front line, low-income households, and disinfecting communal facilities and public areas.
In the United States, United Way and the 211 network, the go-to information resource in times of crisis, have mobilized. Every year, 211 call specialists answer over 12 million requests by phone and chat to connect people with food, housing, utility, health care resources and more. Right now, some 211 call centers are handling as much as 300% their normal call volume. State public health officials have activated 24 statewide 211 operations to help the public get accurate information, and we expect more to activate in the coming days. Based on current call volume, 211 could field as many as 27 million calls over the next six months.
Our second organization grant goes to Feeding America, who established a COVID-19 Response Fund to support families and communities impacted by the pandemic. Households already facing hunger may be more susceptible to the virus due to a number of factors, like compromised immune systems, lack of information on prevention, and inadequate healthcare. Food banks are struggling to meet the increasing demand, as school closures, job disruptions, and lack of paid sick leave raise questions on how to provide food for the table. Thanks to GoFundMe.org’s grant, Feeding America is able to provide more meals to those in need. Your donations are helping further their mission of serving the most vulnerable members of the community, from neighborhoods near and far. More updates to follow! Thank you again for your support.