Looking for ways to lend a hand during the COVID-19 Pandemic? Here are some ideas:
Donate through payroll deduction. MMB has opened up the combined charities campaign to support Minnesota nonprofits.
Donate blood. If you are able to donate blood, please do! Memorial Blood Center and the American Red Cross have numerous locations throughout Minnesota -- find yours now!
Memorial Blood Center
American Red Cross
Donate food. There are many organizations and local food pantries in all of our communities looking for donations and volunteers.
Donate money. Many organizations are collecting donations to help. Consider donating to:
Send a message of solidarity. We are collecting messages that we can share with members to show support to each other during this difficult time. Submit a message.
Stay home. We are staying home to flatten the curve and protect those who must go to work in order to continue serving the public. We stay home for all of our essential works including state employees, healthcare workers, truck drivers, delivery people, janitors, grocery store workers, and many others.
Contact your elected officials. Community care has a form to reach out to your elected officials to send a letter asking them to listen to and act on community demands in response to this crisis. You can add a story to your email or just send-as-is.
Volunteer. Individuals who would like to volunteer should contact an organization registered with the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MnVOAD) or volunteer for Meal on Wheels home-delivered meals.
Connect with others. Though this seems like a small gesture, a phone call, letter, or email to isolated friends and family can go a long way to help support each other through this time.
*For more ideas and local organizations responding to coronavirus needs, check out this growing list of Coronavirus resources: Ways Minnesotans can help others during pandemic from MPR News