Coronavirus crisis in Philadelphia: How you can help amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Friday, April 24, 2020
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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- As our neighborhoods deal with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, many community members are impacted differently by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Here are some ways you can help during this time:

Support local businesses:

Stores and restaurants are hurting, as they close due to the safe-at-home orders around the area. There are a variety of ways to help, from liking and commenting on social media to buying gift cards to use later. Check in with the local businesses you care about to see if they're open and learn how you can best support them.

Check out our #BeLocalish campaign to learn more about how local Philadelphia businesses are dealing with the coronavirus.

Donate funds or food to a local food bank:

With unemployment skyrocketing during the coronavirus outbreak, many families will find themselves needing help for the first time. Over 37 million people don't have access to nutritious food, including 1 in 12 seniors and 1 in 7 children. You can find more information about local food banks in need on our food bank page.

Give blood:

Donors are needed urgently. Find a blood drive near you or find ways to volunteer your time.

Make sure you're protecting yourself and others out in public:

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.


Here are additional organizations you can support as they work to lend a hand during the coronavirus pandemic:

This fund was created by The Philadelphia Foundation, the Unite Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey and the City of Philadelphia to rapidly fund and supply grants to various non-profits and community organizations in the Tri-state area that serve the most vulnerable and underserved populations during this COVID-19 pandemic. Donations are being accepted at

If you'd like to donate directly to a non-profit or volunteer your time, consider the following non-profits:

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)

Broad Street Ministry

BSM/Prevention Point/Project HOME

Bucks County Housing Group


Cathedral Soup Kitchen, Inc.

Catholic Housing and Community Services

Catholic Social Services

Chosen 300 Ministries, Inc.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey

Community Volunteers in Medicine

Hedwig House, Inc.

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

ICNA Relief SHAMS Clinic

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia

Lutheran Settlement House

Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA)

Mighty Writers

Multicultural Community Family Services, Inc.

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

Neighborhood Center in Camden

Pathways to Housing PA

Patrician Society of Central Norristown

Penn Foundation, Inc.


Philadelphia FIGHT

Phoenixville Area Senior Center

Prevention Point Philadelphia

Project H.O.P.E.

Puentes de Salud

Saint John's Hospice

Saint Miriam Parish & Friary

Share Food Program

Silver Springs - Martin Luther School

St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center

The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank

The Sunday Love Project

Valley Youth House Committee, Inc.

Vetri Community Partnership

Weavers Way Community Programs

Why Not Prosper, Inc.

Women's Resource Center of the Delaware Valley

Yardley Makefield Consolidated Emergency Unit