Ways to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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During times such as these, it can seem overwhelming to look around and see all that needs to be done or all the people who need help. At the same time, it is also during times such as these, where we can see the heart of people. We have seen offers from many to help and offer support in any way they can. So, we wanted to create a place full of resources if you are looking for some way to assist during this time. There are many ways to help, from delivering groceries to providing online assistance. This is not a comprehensive list, but we are hopeful that this list may grow, and it will remain a resource for those looking for volunteer opportunities at this time.  

Here is a non-comprehensive list of resources and activities you can access to help while you are home due to COVID-19.  

  • Cards for Seniors at the JAA – Ongoing opportunity! The JAA is currently closed to visitors. Let’s show the seniors in our community that we’re thinking about them. Make a card or some artwork, then take a picture or scan it to be sent to residents! Send all pictures to the JAA at the following email address: epowell@jaapgh.org (Resource – Repair the World)  
  • Starts March 25 – JCC Blood Drives – The JCC with Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) is hosting drives for desperately needed blood donations in JCC’s Squirrel Hill and South Hills facilities. The collections will take place in controlled, safe environments, according to CDC and Allegheny County guidelines. Learn more and make an appointment. 
  • Repair the World ListA great list of ways to volunteer and help – from donating materials you find as you clean, to phoning a friend.   
  • Dress for Success  – donate clothing and/or personal item donations, or offer a handwritten note of encouragement
  • Additional Resources:  
    • Did you hear? By JCC – for information on small business loans, applying for unemployment, and opportunities.  
    • Rumor Control – Allegheny County   
    • Caring for the Sick – Repair the World, best practices for caring for those that are sick  
    • Volunteer Match – List of Resources 

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