How to Help Your Community During The COVID-19 Crisis

The people of Alabama are committed to helping the vulnerable segments of the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many individuals and groups in the state are also coming together to support healthcare workers as well as struggling local businesses in a variety of ways. If you are in a position to help, Alabama offers numerous opportunities to extend your support and put your money or energy to direct use.

Medical Volunteers

Alabama ReadyOp is looking for part-time or recently retired healthcare professionals as well as medical students as volunteers. The organization also needs medical providers whose offices are currently closed due to coronavirus and are able to offer assistance. Volunteers will receive alerts based on the severity level through multiple communication channels. To sign up to receive these alerts as a volunteers, visit Alabama ReadyOp.

Donate Face Masks and PPE

The ADPH (Alabama Department of Public Health) is seeking donation of face masks, which can distribute to home healthcare patients across Alabama. For details, you may call ADPH at 334-206-5696 or send an email to: Choona.Lang@adph.state.al.us.

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama is assisting member doctors and other medical professionals during the pandemic in several ways. It recently held a statewide PPE donation drive at multiple locations around Alabama. Whether you are an individual or a business based in the state, you can donate any extra PPE to help doctors on the front lines to prevent the spreading of the virus. Check here for more information.

Donate Blood and Plasma

Blood donations have declined in the present situation. Eligible, healthy donors may donate blood to ensure that lifesaving blood is available to those who need it the most. To know where you can donate blood, visit the Red Cross website or check with the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.

Plasma is used in several unique medicines and life-saving therapies, and the supply is dependent on plasma donations from eligible volunteers. Plasma donor centers are ensuring donor safety in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and following all sanitizing guidelines and social distancing practices. You can locate a plasma donation center near you by using this online locator tool.

Volunteer for the Elderly

The Aging Network needs more volunteers because of the suspension of its group services in the current Covid-19 situation, and an increased need for in-home one-on-one services. You don’t need to have previous experience in order to volunteer. For details, you may contact your local area agency on aging at 1-800-AGELINE (1-800-243-5463).

Donate for the Homeless

Friendship Mission, Inc. is offering emergency shelters for adults as well as for women with dependent children in two locations in Montgomery. It is also operating a public soup kitchen (located at the men’s shelter) for those who are not using the shelter but need a free meal.

The organization has put all volunteer activities on hold at present but is accepting monetary donations as well as donations in the form of carry-out containers for meals to go, foil sheets, and disinfecting/sanitizing supplies. Click on this link for more information. 

Support Food Banks in Alabama

During this period national emergency, the need for food pantries and food banks is on the rise. More people need food access because of lost jobs or reduced paychecks, and children no longer have access to regular school meals because the schools are shut. Many people in Alabama who never needed these services before are now finding themselves in need of food assistance. You can extend your support through donations or a volunteer at your local food bank.

Central Alabama Community Food Bank

To maintain the safety of the staff and volunteers in the present situation, the Community Food Bank in Central Alabama as canceled volunteer sessions for now, but you can check here for opportunities to donate or other ways to help with their Mobile Pantry distributions.

Feeding the Gulf Coast

The organization is seeking volunteers for three key tasks at this time: (a) Food Sorting – volunteers will check donated items for ingredient labels and expiration dates, and then place them in appropriate food categories; (b) Senior Boxes – volunteers will pack food boxes for monthly distribution to seniors; and (c) Backpack – volunteers will pack backpacks with food for children to have over the weekend. For more information, you can call at 251-653-1617.

East Alabama Food Bank

The organization is seeking volunteers for packing boxes and repacking bulk foods in the warehouse for its various programs. In addition, volunteers are needed for product sorting, stocking of shelves, and for office tasks. They are also accepting monetary as well as food donations. For more details, you can visit their website.

Legal Help is Here for You

When your rights are violated at the workplace, you may feel that the odds are stacked against you as an employee. Attorney Kira Fonteneau committed to leveling the playing field for all working people in Alabama. Kira and her dedicated legal team will work hard to make sure your voice is heard, and your rights are fully protected. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 205-564-9005 today.