Top Places to Donate & Help Fight Coronavirus

Updated: Apr 30


In light of this global pandemic, a number of Israeli and other organizations across the globe are seeking donations for emergency initiatives to help fight COVID-19.


If you are able to give money at this time, every donation, no matter the amount, is greatly appreciated. Many organizations are also seeking volunteers, blood donors, and more.


See the list below for places that are in need of donations of various types and in various locations.


Although I am doing this work for free and with no expectation of compensation, I am partially able to do it because I was put on forced unpaid lead. If you feel compelled to give a little to keep me going (a.k.a. pay my rent) it is greatly appreciated. You can donate through PayPal: amylinalbertson@gmail.com OR through payment apps Bit, Pepperpay. and Paybox.

The organizations listed below are specifically helping in Israel, are Israeli, or related to the Jewish world.


Magen David Adom

MDA is an organization made up of staff and volunteers from different religions, backgrounds and ethnicities that believe in one thing: to save lives and to respond immediately in crisis. They started off as a volunteer program before Israel’s inception, and shortly after, the Israeli government passed a law making MDA's status as Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance, and blood bank service.

All donations at this time are going towards getting more ambulances fitted for treated corona patients and sealed carriers, all of which help reduce hospitalization rates. https://www.mdais.org/en/donation

Yad Sarah In response to this rapidly spreading virus, Yad Sarah launched the Coronavirus Hotline and Emergency Equipment Program. Funds are needed to acquire additional respiratory and mobility equipment as well as two used delivery vans to keep up with the demand. https://www.friendsofyadsarah.org/corona Latet - Israeli Humanitarian Aid Latet has launched an emergency response and is packing and delivering food and hygiene products to impoverished and lonely elderly so that they can stay at home. We need people to donate emergency kits (or whichever amount they can) and we need volunteers (with access to a car) for packing and delivering the emergency kits. Link to our website for donations and registration for volunteering is here: https://www.latet.org.il/en/emergencyresponse/


Support & Make Calls to the Elderly in Israel through Adopt-A-Safta

With the Corona crisis upon us, the elderly are most at risk and must be protected. In normal times, so many seniors across Israel are lonely, hence Adopt-A-Safta's core mission, but today almost all of them are homebound. Please register here as a volunteer to make check-in calls to Israeli elderly and/or support us in our good works year-round. Conversational Hebrew is a must to register as an Adopt-A-Safta phone volunteer.

For full details and registration or to donate:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/support-volunteer-make-phone-calls-to-lonely-elderly-across-israel-tickets-101453056824


Leket Emergency COVID-19 Fund - Masks for Israel

Leket feeds those in need in Israel by collecting unwanted food directly from farmers and food distributors. In this time of specific need they've partnered with a grassroots fund for masks for Israeli healthcare workers. Dedicate the donation to masksforisrael@gmail.com and have Leket send an email informing us and we’ll make sure it gets to our project specifically. So far they've raised more than 90,000 shekels and counting! We’ve nearly fully funded 14,000 masks!

https://emergencyrelief.leket.org/


JDC (Joint Distribution Committee)

As the coronavirus continues to spread, the public health crisis it has created has led to acute humanitarian needs worldwide. As the global Jewish 9-1-1, our expertise and experience are needed now more than ever. We are addressing emerging needs and continuing to serve the tens of thousands of people who depend on us every day.

Click here to see where in the world your help is most needed and to donate.


SPCA Israel

SPCA's shelter is full of dogs and cats these days, and we urgently need food. The number of abandoned pets is rising and adoptions occur less and less, nevertheless cancelations of donations because of the economic situation.

Please open your heart and help us help them:

1. You may contact any pet shot that has delivery services and order delivery straight to us at Herzl 159, Tel Aviv.

2. You may donate with credit card over the phone at *4335 or at our website, as well as a bank transfer https://bit.ly/2QEtcxx

3. Via PayBox: bit.ly/35R2PtN

4. To those who want to help on a regular basis - you may donate each month 30NIS right here:bit.ly/2UBcJvt


African Resource Development Center

Once a week they deliver packages full of essentials to around 300 families of asylum seekers in need - in the north and in the center of Israel. All donations will only be used for immediate help: food, diapers and milk formulas. We invite you to support the asylum seekers community - donate to our food distribution project, and share our call.

https://my.israelgives.org/en/campaign/CoronaAid


Hotline for Refugees and Migrants

The asylum seeker and refugee community in Israel are especially struggling during this time. Many have been lost their jobs and are ineligible for unemployment or government support. Please consider donating to Hotline, Israel’s leading organization protecting the rights of refugees, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking.

https://secured.israelgives.org/donate/


3 Jerusalem Organizations to Donate To

A curated list from our favorites Jerusalem local, @theisraelbites.

https://theisraelbites.com/three-jerusalem-nonprofits-that-need-your-help/



Below are places to donate across the globe. If you have a local organization/fund to recommend, please feel free to DM me on Instagram.


Donate Blood to the Red Cross

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, there is a critical need for blood. Follow the link to find a blood donation location near you and schedule an appointment.

https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html


World Health Organization's Global COVID-19 Relief Fund

The greatest need right now is to help ensure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems. Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.

https://covid19responsefund.org/


Masks for Docs

Operation matching those with supplies to hospitals and healthcare workers in their areas who need them. On their website you'll find a link to either donate your supplies or request supplies you need.

https://masksfordocs.com/ Follow the Slack link to Volunteer ⬇️ slack-invite.masksfordocs.com


Compression Socks for Healthcare Workers through Zida

Medtech company Zida is looking for donations to distribute free pairs of compression socks for healthcare workers: At Zida, we have been working tirelessly to develop our Zida control sock which treats incontinence.  But for the moment, we are putting that aside and turning our machines and staff to focus on another kind of sock- compression socks. Compression socks can also reduce pain and swelling in your ankles and legs- something that is critical during a 12-hour shift at the hospital.

Donate a pair (or more) of compression socks and help ease their pain just a little bit.

https://www.livezida.com/


Washington Post's List of Where to Donate

From donating blood and medical supplies to supporting education for children out of school, feeding the hungry, supporting healthcare workers, and more.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/21/how-you-can-help-during-coronavirus/?arc404=true


Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)

In response to the outbreak, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) has launched the CDP COVID-19 Response Fund to support preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders. CDP is working closely with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to follow both current and emergent needs. Read a full list of who receives the funds and what they are used for here: https://disasterphilanthropy.org/cdp-fund/cdp-covid-19-response-fund/


Donating Medical Equipment to Kaiser Healthcare

Organizations and individuals interested in donating supplies can email information about items they'd like to donate to KPCOVID-19Donations@kp.org. We will contact the donor with further instructions, including how and where to send the donated items.

Find full details on what is needed and how to donate here: https://about.kaiserpermanente.org/our-story/news/our-perspective/donating-covid-19-supplies


GoFundMe COVID-19 Fundraisers

In response to coronavirus, hundreds of local gofundme pages have been opened to support various grassroots initiatives for everything from medical supplies and food, to childcare for essential workers.

You can browse the full list of fundraisers here: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/covid19


Love For the Elderly

Due to regulations not allowing visitors to nursing homes in order to protect vulnerable populations, thousands of elderly are finding themselves extra lonely in this time. Love for the Elderly is asking for people to send letters, cards, etc. to be distributed to them.

https://lovefortheelderly.org/covid19


Global Giving Network

They have hundreds of funds at this time for various COVID-19 relief, both immediate and longterm. You can donate directly to a specific project below or to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund and we'll allocate it to where it's needed most. GlobalGiving will post reports about how your donation has been put to use.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/coronavirus-relief-fund/


Charity Navigator's List of Where to Donate for COVID-19 Relief

A number of highly-rated charities have created funds to support communities around the world affected by the outbreak. Please consider supporting one of these trustworthy organizations today. Your support will help individuals and communities battle the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and around the globe.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=7779


ITALY


The Italian Red Cross

Support the local Red Cross organization of Italy. The page is in Italian so you can use Google Translate to assist you.

https://www.cri.it/emergenza-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR3CpxT3xlTQQ6IU4ETBl0LaqTMwgEdrWlBNpsVKFhhyajIvJI__xlwEwcE


5 Immediate Ways To Support Italy During The Coronavirus Crisis

Via Forbes: A list of major donation funds to help support the fight against COVID-19 in Italy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/catherinesabino/2020/03/17/5-immediate-ways-to-support-italy-during-the-coronavirus-crisis/#241e070218d5


NEW YORK CITY


Governor's Office of How to Help

The NYC governor's office compiled this list of resources of places to donate, volunteer, etc.

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/helpnownyc/resources/covid-19-relief.page


NYC Health + Hospitals COVID-19 Relief Efforts

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest public health care system in the nation, serving more than one million New Yorkers annually in more than 70 patient care locations across the five boroughs. Our mission is to care for all regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.

Donations are currently going towards supporting healthcare workers with meals, lodging to keep them distanced from their families, scrubs, and laundry.

https://nychhc.networkforgood.com/


Food Bank for New York City

Amid mounting concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, Food Bank For New York City is calling on New Yorkers to support those struggling with food insecurity during this critical time. Food Bank anticipates an extreme rise in need for food and resources in the coming weeks, particularly among vulnerable New Yorkers such as seniors with chronic medical conditions, families with children who may lose up to two free school meals each day as NYC’s public schools remain closed for at least the next five weeks, and low-income and hourly workers. They are also always seeking volunteers.

Find all the ways to contribute on their website: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/COVID-19/



CALIFORNIA


List of Bay Area Hospitals Seeking Donations

Via the SF Chronicle: Find a list of Bay Area hospitals and medical centers seeking supplies, monetary donations, and more. Each is listed with their contact/donate info.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Donating-masks-other-medical-supplies-to-15147574.php


San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

The Food Bank continues to do the day-in and day-out job of making sure vulnerable neighbors get the food they need. Now, we are putting solutions in place, one by one, to be able to continue providing food and helping our community prepare for whatever challenge the COVID-19 presents.

https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/


Sacramento Food Bank

Like most food banks at this time, the Sacramento Food Bank also is seeing an increase in need as many are out of jobs or experiencing financial distress. You can find out more information on how to donate here: https://support.sacramentofoodbank.org/give/126385/&_ga=2.193327850.651462783.1585348402-1939685828.1585348402#!/donation/checkout


Donate to UC San Diego Health COVID-19 Emergency Response

While UC San Diego Health is successfully managing its supplies as responsible stewards of its resources, we are asking all researchers and relevant facilities, individuals and organizations to help alleviate the shortage in San Diego by making key equipment and medical-grade materials available to UC San Diego Health.

Find a list and details on how to donate here: https://health.ucsd.edu/coronavirus/Pages/donate.aspx


PORTLAND

Google Sheet of Portland, OR organizations to support, courtesy of Julia Daigneault.


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