Our community is dealing with the coronavirus crisis the Columbus Way – the Central Ohio Way.  Neighbors helping neighbors.  Organizations around town stepping up to make a difference.

NBC4 is mobilizing 4’s Army, as the outbreak impacts everyone’s everyday life.  If you can help, please help.  Non-profit groups across Central Ohio are providing vital services during this uncertain and unprecedented time.  See the list below for ways you can support our community. Thank you!

Additionally, we ask that you follow ALL CDC and Ohio Department of Health guidelines before committing to any of these projects.  

Donations needed. Your generous contribution will support United Way’s more than 80 nonprofit partners directly serving our neighbors in need facing economic distress associated with COVID-19. Thanks to our generous match sponsors, every donation will have a 50% match. Example: Every $100 donated will be matched with an additional $50 gift.

Supporting Our Neighbors in Need.  United Way of Central Ohio and a coalition of partners are working with local nonprofits to identify critical needs and gaps in resources. These needs may include access to food and household essentials, child care, and keeping the community’s safety net strong as this crisis continues.

CelebrateOne and the City of Columbus have been fully committed to fighting infant mortality and ensuring all babies in Columbus and Franklin County — regardless of race, zip code or family income — celebrate their first birthday.  Solving the infant mortality problem in Columbus is a complicated effort and the impact of the Coronavirus is only compounding this effort.  You can make a difference for as little as $20, Your donation will allow us to purchase multiple cases and distribute:

  • $20 can help us provide a family diapers and wipes for an entire week
  • $50 can provide up to 3 family diapers, wipes and formula for a week
  • $100 can help us provide up to 4 families with diapers and wipes or provide formula for an entire month

The Red Cross needs blood and monetary donations. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment today.

To donate a monetary gift to help the American Red Cross continue to deliver its lifesaving mission nationwide due to this public health emergency, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

If you are fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis the plasma in your blood may contain COVID-19 antibodies that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, so your donation could help save the lives of patients battling this disease! It’s a special gift only those who have recovered from the virus can give.

Make an emergency meal donation. Children living in food-insecure homes are struggling even more during this pandemic crisis. Children’s Hunger Alliance remains committed to helping feed children who have lost access to meals as a result of the coronavirus crisis. They are working closely with community partners to help fill the immediate needs of children in Ohio.

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective has a significant need for volunteers to support multiple service opportunities.

As we navigate this time of uncertainty, Besa remains committed to connecting people with neighbors in need. Even as our societal situation changes by the hour, we will continue to offer meaningful — and safe — ways for people to contribute and serve. Opportunities range from packing and delivering meals for seniors to stocking Little Food Pantries to giving blood.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging’s (COAAA) priority needs for our consumers always include disinfecting wipes and spray, paper towels, and toilet paper. Many of the individuals served by Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging have very limited income or precarious financial situations. Additional funding through COAAA’s nonprofit Aging Solutions enables COAAA to assist people with extra food or medications, personal care and cleaning supplies, or rent and utility assistance so they can safely shelter in place and endure the coronavirus pandemic.

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