Contribute To A Local, National, Or Global Fundraiser
Organizations worldwide are hosting COVID-19 fundraisers that serve to provide many of the aforementioned materials and necessities to hospitals, employees, volunteers, and at-risk members of the population. Below, we’ve listed four widespread organizations that are worth donating to should you have the means to do so. Additionally, as ZOOO operates out of Japan, Nevada, and California, we’ve included a list of some location-specific organizations that are also doing their part.
Right now, DIrect Relief is working to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and other crucial supplies to health workers. Their efforts include coordination with the American Hospital Association to purchase recovery tools, such as oxygen concentrators, that allow people to continue their recovery while also freeing up ICU beds. Direct Relief does their best to anticipate shortages and have stockpiles of supplies ready to go, and they have already donated millions of much-needed items throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seniors are a very vulnerable part of the global population, and Meals On Wheels provides them with a way to receive nourishment without putting them at further risk. Any funds donated help with replenishing food supplies, allowing for personnel to efficiently distribute scientific information and check in on isolated community members, and subsidizing transportation costs.
Right now is a very scary time for survivors of domestic abuse, as many of them may be stuck in quarantine with their abusers for extended periods. Additionally, abusers may be using the pandemic as a means of spreading misinformation and withholding crucial supplies or resources, such as insurance coverage. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds are faced with domestic abuse and it’s crucial that we recognize that not everybody who is sheltered in place is safe. The National Domestic Violence Hotline strives to empower those who are affected by domestic abuse, providing them with vital resources and support during every hour of the day.
United Way is deeply dedicated to providing food, shelter, and pertinent information to the world’s most vulnerable community members at a time when resources can be scarce and people may be unsure of where to turn. You can donate to your local community’s efforts, a larger nationwide fund, or an international fund in order to help support United Way’s mission.
The Red Feather Community Chest is providing food distribution and educational assistance for children and their families while schools are shut down and many people are on temporary leave.
The Tokyo Volunteer and Citizen Activity Center in Taitō City is accepting donations of essential items to be distributed to low-income and homeless members of the population, including non-perishable foods, hygiene products, and tents.
The Nobody Goes Hungry GoFundMe was set up with the intention of providing food assistance to members of the service industry who have been out of work during the COVID-19 crisis.
Three Square strives to provide a complete food solution for Southern Nevada by providing ready-to-eat meals while simultaneously organizing food banking and food rescue initiatives. Through May 31st, gifts will be doubled thanks to donation matches made by sponsors.
The UNLV Food Pantry supports students, staff, and faculty year-round through donations of non-perishable food items. You can make a monetary donation through the UNLV foundation, or you may bring non-perishables to one of the pantry’s drop-off sites.
Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth provides vulnerable young people in Nevada with life-saving resources, including food, clothing, and therapy as well as Independent Living programs and Emergency Shelter. They are currently accepting both monetary donations as well as critical supplies.
For more ideas on how to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 in Las Vegas, you can check out the Las Vegas Weekly’s detailed piece on more ways in which you can help.
The COVID-19 LA County Response Fund is distributing donations between a multitude of local non-profit organizations, addressing varying needs including health, homelessness, education, immigration, and hardship assistance for both families and individuals.
UCLA is providing numerous opportunities for community members to give back, including through COVID-19 specific fundraisers dedicated to patient care, healthcare provider protection, research, and education. The university is also accepting donations of physical products, including personal protective equipment and food.
UCSF is also providing support to caregivers and patients throughout Northern California. Gifts are being used to expand testing capabilities across the area, provide financial assistance to patients lacking insurance coverage, provide benefits to health care providers, improve research initiatives, train frontline workers, and ensure patients and caregivers have adequate housing and equipment.
For more ideas on how you can get involved within California, you can visit the California Volunteers website. Additionally, if you’re a business or organization looking to contribute or manufacture medical supplies, you may reach out through the California Volunteers website as well.
For those who live in Los Angeles, you can also visit the LA County website for additional ideas and information.