The coronavirus pandemic has created serious disruptions in virtually every sphere of life across the country. But these are also the times when communities come together as a united force to defeat the crisis and emerge stronger. Connecticut neighbors can help each other in a number of ways during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak has caused shortages of blood, and the American Red Cross is encouraging people who are healthy and fit to donate blood. If you are a Connecticut resident, you can visit the Red Cross website to know where to donate blood near your home. To learn more about the procedures and requirements for blood donation during Covid-19, you can check out the FAQ section at the Red Cross website. You can also contact your local Red Cross office to schedule a time to donate.
Support a Local Food Bank
You can make a monetary donation to Foodshare.org to enable them to continue the supply of food to needy families and individuals in certain areas in Connecticut.
Foodshare is also seeking volunteers to coordinate with the local grocery stores for the collection of rescued food and its delivery to nearby food banks. You may join their volunteer program called MealConnect if you are able to use your own automobile. You can sign up here to participate as a volunteer.
Alternatively, you may make monetary donations to the Connecticut Food Bank to help them continue food distributions through Litchfield, Fairfax, New Haven, Middlesex, Windham, and New London counties.
Donate Medical Supplies
Medical supplies in Connecticut are falling short because of the coronavirus crisis. If possible, you can donate key medical supplies to the state of Connecticut by completing this online form. The state has partnered with United Way 2-1-1 of Connecticut (a nonprofit) to collect this information. They will make sure that all donations reach the appropriate medical and long-term care facilities.
UConn Foundation and UConn Health are accepting donations of the following medical supplies for their healthcare staff:
- Disposable face masks
- N95 respirator masks
- Goggles and face shields
- Disinfectant liquids and wipes
- General-purpose hand cleansers
If you are in a position to donate, you can contact their staff by emailing at: COVID19Donations@uchc.edu and coordinate the time for a drop off. You can also make monetary donations to UConn Health that will be used to provide vital medical supplies and support frontline medical workers for treating Covid-19 patients. Visit here to make a donation.
Hartford HealthCare is accepted donations for PPE (personal protective equipment), including gowns, masks, wipes and hand sanitizers. To make a PPE donation, you can email at: COVIDDonations@HHCHealth.org.
Organizations in Need of Volunteers
- Healthcare professionals as well as other volunteers can sign up online at the state’s volunteer registry called CTResponds.
- You can find a searchable database of organizations in need of volunteers at 2-1-1 of Connecticut.
- You can register here to volunteer as a part of the Community Emergency Response Team in your area. You will need to complete an introductory training course before you are sworn in as a new volunteer.
- Connecticut Food Bank is seeking volunteers to handle the work at its Wallingford warehouse. The work will involve sorting and packing of food. You may also make monetary donations to them here.
- Join as a volunteer for pantries at Foodshare’s pantries and Mobile Foodshare sites as well as MealConnect, which is coordinating food donations to shelters and pantries.
- A number of schools are providing meals to students at a time when the schools are closed. Check for volunteering opportunities in your school district. You could get in touch directly with your local school district or contact the state Department of Education to get more information.
- CT Mutual Aid is seeking volunteers who have previous experience in providing Peer Support. You will be helping with their web-based support program called Life in My Days.
In your neighborhood, you can support those in need by offering to run errands or go shopping for essential goods for people who are more vulnerable to infections. You may purchase gift cards for local businesses that you wish to support. If you visit a local restaurant, try to leave a larger tip than usual to express your gratitude and appreciation for the workers – you can leave a tip to a delivery professional as well.
Help Fight Discrimination and Racism in these Times
Professor Jason Oliver Chang at the University of Connecticut has launched a crowdsourced document that provides resources to help in the fight against racism and discrimination surrounding Covid-19 pandemic. Learn how you can have meaningful conversations about xenophobia and racism that coronavirus issue may bring up.
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