How to Give Back During the COVID-19 Emergency

In  Arizona, in America, and around the world, people are coming together to do their part to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (the Coronavirus).  For Many of us, that means following the Social Distancing Guidelines.  Some people cannot stay home.  These people are working in essential industries like healthcare, public health, public safety, and people who are keeping our utilities operating, supplying food, medicines, medical devices, and more products and services we all need during this health emergency.

You may be asking yourself, what can I do to help?  This page has been set up as a community resource to give you some ideas.  It also contains links to accurate and updated information from the Public Health Teams who are working to help us all through this challenging time.

Sew a Mask for Family, Friends or to Donate

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Note:  For personal use, These are NOT N95 masks.

SIMPLE ACTS OF KINDNESS

If you are healthy and have time on your hands, here are some examples of things you CAN do and still be responsible about social distancing. 

  • Stay Mentally Healthy - As the United States becomes increasingly shuttered in the face of a global pandemic, life goes on – but it looks very different than before. University of Arizona psychologist David Sbarra shares tips for how to take care of your mental health and support children and loved ones in an uncertain time.  Learn more
  • Is there someone in your neighborhood who is working in the community during this emergency?   Support the people who are supporting YOU. Call, email, or text them and offer to cut the grass, run errands, or offload other tasks that you can help with.
  • Do you know someone who needs to self-isolate because of illness, age or medical conditions that make it unsafe for them to be out and about?  Call them, email them, text them or use video tools like FaceTime, Skype, and other video apps that are available on your phone, tablet or computer.   Hearing a friendly voice and knowing that someone cares can make a big difference at this difficult time. 
  • Chart Your Path - If you need to be out and about, chart your path.  Write out a list of where you are going and what you need.  Be efficient, take care of what you need to, and head back home.   This will help you and everyone around you. 
  • Inspire a Child - The SciTech Institue has created an educational resource page with a great selection of learning aids and activities.  You can access it at http://scitechinstitute.org/2020-quarantine-resource-page/
  • Learn Something New:  ASU for You is an approach to education that supports Universal Learners® with resources from a national research university — recognizing that to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, technology-driven world, people will need to access education and learning platforms throughout their lives.
  • DONATE Homemade Masks
  • Be Informed:  Access accurate and up-to-date information from the organizations below. 

SHARE ACCURATE AND UP-TO-DATE  INFORMATION

CDC Information Page – Coronavirus.gov

CDC Information Page – Coronavirus.gov

Click the image above to visit Coronavirus.gov

Arizona Department of Health Services Information

Arizona Department of Health Services Information

Click the image to visit the Arizona Department of Helth Services website at AZDHS.gov/Coronavirus

Tool Kit for Businesses

Tool Kit for Businesses

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has set up and is maintaining current and useful guidance for employers. Click the image to access the information.

Need Assistance? Call 211

Need Assistance?  Call 211

If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free child care, or other essential services, dial 211 on your phone. For more information, click the image to learn more. (211 is a community service supported by the United Way.)

ARIZONA TOGETHER 

Established and maintained by the State of Arizona, this website provides a broad range of resources that can help you navigate the current health emergency. Learn more at ArizonaTogether.org

 

Wondering if you need to get tested?

Everyone does not need to get tested.  Help our healthcare providers manage the process by knowing the facts and knowing when to ask for a test.

The CDC Website offers guidance on who may need to be tested for COVID-19. The CORONAVIRUS SELF- CHECKER is an online tool to help individuals determine if they need to get tested. This is NOT a diagnostic.

https://www.cdc.gov/…/2019-nc…/symptoms-testing/testing.html


 

24-Hour Senior HELP LINE 

The Senior Help Line is the 24-hour information and assistance resource and central intake of the Area Agency on Aging. There are many aging services available in Maricopa County, but seniors and their caregivers can become overwhelmed by the multitude of choices. The Senior Help Line can assist in navigating these resources.

Contact Us Today

Don’t hesitate, call us anytime. You can call our 24-Hour Senior HELP LINE at 602-264-HELP (4357), Toll Free at 888-783-7500. For the hard of hearing and deaf, TEXT (520) 775-1899 SMS (Short Message Service). Information and assistance is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Below you will find a list of community organizations who are asking for your help. 

Check them out and help if you can.

 

Donate Blood

The Coronavirus Emergency is impacting our blood supply.  Giving Blood Is Safe. Blood drives are not “gatherings”. FDA urges blood donations.

Learn more at the Vitalant website.  

Learn more at the Red Cross website.

Do not donate if you are sick: Vitalant does NOT test for COVID-19

Help a Food Bank

Arizona's Food Banks we need your help more than ever to keep feeding people. Food Banks are working hard to get food into hands of those in need during these unprecedented times. If you are looking to support, here are the critical needs at this time:

  • Volunteers – Food banks are in need of healthy volunteers to help with distributing food and building food boxes. Please utilize the Arizona Food Bank Network's  Find a Food Bank directory to locate your closest food bank and contact them directly. If you are looking to build food boxes please select a link to the Volunteer page of one of the food bank websites: 

           Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona               St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance               

           United Food Bank               Yuma Community Food Bank 
            
            Food banks are taking precautions at this time to ensure they are following CDC and state guidance on sanitation and
            congregation. For more information please read our COVID-19 Volunteering Fact Sheet

  • Cash Donations – Each food bank has unique needs related to what food  and resources are most needed to support the various ways they are getting food to clients right now. Donations will be the best way to ensure they can continue to access the most critical resources while supporting our community through COVID-19. Links to all members food banks and our donation pages are listed below:

            Arizona Food Bank Network                    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona              Desert Mission Food Bank               
            
            St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance                                 United Food Bank                          Yuma Community Food Bank

Donate Money 

Support the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund:  The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Initially, the fund will focus on the following immediate needs:

  • Funding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline medical personnel.
  • Non-profit organizations that support the most vulnerable Arizonans through food banks, homeless shelters, domestic violence facilities, and other services.
  • Efforts to provide low-income students with technology enabling them to transition to online learning.

Learn more at ArizonaTogether.org.  (Scroll down on the home page to the DONATE section.

United Way Worldwide has created the COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. This  Fund supports communities struggling in the wake of the new virus, by supporting local United Ways and 211, the go-to information resource in times of crisis. Every year, 211 specialists answer 12 million requests by phone, text, chat and email to connect people with disaster, food, housing, utility, health care resources and more. There is no other network in the country with a similar pulse on America’s needs.  So far, some 20 statewide 211 operations have been activated, and 211 is working closely with health officials all over the country to provide accurate updates to the public. 

 

If you are a community organization that would like to be listed on this resource page, please contact AZBio.