Want to help? Here’s how you can support organizations and efforts helping people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

By Pittsburgh news partners

The novel coronavirus is changing how we live and work in very disruptive ways. 

These organizations are helping to provide food, money and other assistance to those impacted by the shutdowns.

Here are some ways you can contribute: 

Food assistance:

Financial assistance:

Medical 

  • Make face masks with the help of Abram’s Nation. Organizations in need or anyone who is able to assist with production in the greater Pittsburgh region can contact medicalmasks@abramsnation.com.
  • Tip directly to service workers whose livelihoods are hurting with this virtual tip jar. 
  • Support local artists through the Pittsburgh Artist Emergency Fund, which provides up to $250 to help with rent, bills, food and other essentials.  
  • Donate refunds you receive from canceled performances, at the request of the Pittsburgh Stage Employee Bailout, if you can.
  • Donate money to help hourly workers who won’t get paid during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Youth:

  • The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank is looking for help to continue regular distributions of diapers by requesting monetary donations. Another option is to order diapers online on Amazon to be delivered to 201 N. Braddock Ave., Suite 124, Pittsburgh PA 15208.
  • Beverly’s Birthdays is collecting much-needed items for parents including diapers,  formula and canned goods. Drop off anytime in an outside box at 9799 Laurel Ave, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or send donation. 

  • Donate breast milk to the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. Visit the site, call 412-281-4400 or email info@midatlanticmilkbank.org to learn about the donation process. 
  • Help the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. The organization is struggling to provide the care and structure its vulnerable students need during this time of school and business closings. Donations can be made here. Those in need of help can follow this link.

Seniors:

  • Check in on a senior buddy or help if they get sick as part of the Lawrenceville/Bloomfield/Garfield “Buddy” System. 
  • Drive for South West Meals On Wheels needs more volunteers, as many of the volunteers are seniors who have been encouraged to stay home. Kitchen help is also needed. 
  • Call to check on seniors you know who may be feeling isolated or fearful. Also follow CDC and WHO guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Other

Some additional websites with lists offering support and ways to help:

https://www.covaid.co/

Pittsburgh COVID-19 Resilience Network

NEXTpittsburgh, Public Source, The Incline, Pittsburgh City Paper and Kidsburgh  collaborated to build this resource. Email  halle@publicsource.org with suggested additions to this list.