As the threat of this disease grows and puts further strain on communities, here are a few things we can all consider doing to provide some relief:
1. Directly support individuals impacted by the virus
As the crisis grows, so do the negative effects on peoples’ health and their financial wellbeing, but we can all do our part to help those affected. Here’s how making a direct donation to COVID-19 fundraisers can help:
Hourly workers and people without paid sick time are among the most vulnerable to the negative financial effects of the pandemic. With no way to cover expenses, workers like these will inevitably fall behind on rent and other fixed expenses. For these reasons, it’s important to get ahead of the crisis and start providing support to individuals like these.
Read Coronavirus Relief for Homeowners and Renters: A Resource Guide for additional resources.
Food, water, and other basics
Low-income households are already strained in good times but this new threat makes it even more important to provide immediate financial assistance to these households.
For more help read Four Crucial Resources for Single Parents During the Coronavirus and Coronavirus Relief for Low Income Families: Ways to Find Support.
Small business and unemployment support
Millions of small businesses affected by the coronavirus are now suffering severe economic hardship because of the outbreak. Starting a fundraiser for your favorite local restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or boutique is one way to help business owners as well as service industry workers. You can also donate to their existing fundraisers to ensure these businesses stay afloat through this crisis.
Are you a small business owner who is struggling to pay your bills? See our blog posts Coronavirus Relief for Small Businesses: