Now more than ever, it’s important for everyone to do their part to help others as COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, spreads and affects the global population. For some people, that means putting themselves on the front lines as healthcare workers. For others, it’s going to their essential jobs despite the risks.
Less heard about, though still very present, are the nonprofits that are contributing to COVID-19 relief. These organizations have gotten resources for the front line workers, donated supplies or proceeds to those who need it, or prioritized customers who are more at risk of catching the virus than others.
While these organizations don’t do their good deeds for attention, their actions should still be recognized for the help they provide in an otherwise bleak present.
Feeding America: This organization has a COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure that food banks across the country have enough to feed those in need. This is especially important as unemployment continues to rise, currently bringing the USA to a staggering 38.6 million people who have filed for unemployment.
Doctors Without Borders: The aid coming from Doctors Without Borders is in the form of helping hands as doctors travel to the countries who’ve been hit the hardest by COVID-19, as well as “strengthening the infection controls in its already established programs”. Doctors Without Borders plan to maintain help in the over 70 countries it already assists as well.
The World Health Organization: The WHO is particularly valuable in coordinating relief efforts across the world. Through its coordination, the organization is working to respond to already existing cases of COVID-19 while doing what it can to prevent the spread from going any further.
Team Rubicon: This group is a veteran-based company that assists in times of natural disasters or emergencies. In the face of COVID-19, Team Rubicon has “assembled teams across the country to help with logistics, packaging, and distributing food”. In Wisconsin, they’re even offering assistance with the 211 Wisconsin hotline for nonprofit and government services.
If you’d like to assist with these organizations or any others, make a donation or offer to help volunteer if an organization needs the extra help. If everyone does their part to help amid this pandemic, not only will it help those most vulnerable now, but it will also help the world get back to normal sooner rather than later.