The COVID-19 coronavirus has now claimed over 175,000 lives and approximately 30 million jobs, according to an estimation from the U.S. jobs report from the Department of Labor released in July. In the resulting economic crisis, families and individuals are hurting financially. However, with revenue and job losses, corporate America is not unaffected, including the nonprofit sector.
Some reporting suggests that nonprofits and charities have seen a drastic reduction in donations and revenue, which means that they in turn are less able to provide help and aid to the most vulnerable during these difficult times. This isn’t even addressing the job losses the nonprofits have suffered themselves; 1.6 million nonprofit jobs were lost from March through May, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. With so many people and entities suffering financially, it’s a time to stop and reassess what’s really important.
Although nonprofits and charities are suffering financially, that isn’t to say that corporations or people in positions of power have failed to give of their plenty. Near the beginning of the pandemic’s effects in the U.S., Forbes published an article showing great donations and corporate giving from big names like Microsoft and Google. Special charitable funds have been established to deal with specific needs as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Individual philanthropists also did their part to meet needs and lend aid to nonprofits as well as donor-advised funds, according to a New York Times article published in June. But there’s still so much to do in the fight to provide basic human needs to those suffering.
While it’s apparent that many individuals, philanthropists, and even some corporations are doing their part to help during these unprecedented times, it’s also clear that there’s more to do. The time for giving is far from over—if anything, it’s just beginning. With larger corporations stepping up to the plate of giving, it’s also necessary for mid-level corporations and beyond to join in the effort. Only through the collective impact of multiple corporations, entities and individuals giving can we provide basic human necessities to those in need.
What are Basic Human Needs?
When you think of necessities, you might immediately jump to things like food and shelter. It’s true that these things are vital, but they aren’t the only types of aid that are essential. Think about healthcare, education, and elder care. Someone in a wheelchair who relies on home care aid to bathe, dress, eat and function can’t live without that type of help, even though it’s not directly related to food and shelter. Corporations large and small can do their part to contribute to meeting these basic human needs for so many.
Sometimes in order to make a big impact, you need to start small. Thousands of smaller nonprofits aren’t getting the funding they require to achieve their aims, which means that the people they serve won’t be helped. The Live Care Foundation is just one such organization that uses donated funds to create charitable grants for those with extended care costs. Visit their webpage to make a donation today. Every little bit helps, whether it’s on an individual or corporate scale.
It’s been a little over five months since the coronavirus made sweeping changes across the country, and although promising results are being seen in various vaccine clinical trials, Americans are far from out of the woods. Political unrest, social upheaval and natural disasters are also occurring on top of everything else, which means that many families around the nation are in desperate need of food and financial support, to name a few.
With so much going on at the moment, it’s difficult for many to know where to start in offering help. Countless causes are in need of support, but here are five that you should prioritize as they offer life-saving services to people that need them to live and function during these times of hardship.
1. Feeding America
With job losses and food shortages, it’s never been more important for food banks to receive donations than now. Although you could go through your pantry and donate old canned food to your local food bank, it’s much more effective to donate money. Choose to support your local food banks or you can donate to Feeding America, a nonprofit which has created a COVID-19 response fund specifically for food banks across America. Countless people are facing hunger due to school closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the disproportionate coronavirus impact on elderly adults and low-income families. Anyone can help by donating on their website.
2. National Domestic Violence Hotline
Due to stay-at-home orders and increased isolation for everyone, domestic violence is on the rise and victims have even fewer options than normal. If you’re not sure how to help yourself or someone you know, consider directing them to thehotline.org; a place where anyone can receive support connected to domestic violence. According to their website, “The Hotline provides confidential, one-on-one support to each caller/chatter/texter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps, and direct connection to sources for immediate safety. Our comprehensive database holds more than 5,000 agencies and resources in communities all across the country. Bilingual advocates are on hand to speak with callers, and our Language Line offers translations in 170 different languages.” Anyone can also donate via their website.
3. National Alliance on Mental Illness
Parents and caregivers are experiencing increased work demands while also being at home with their children. Working from home is no picnic, and many people are experiencing increased mental illness and mental health crises. Just as it’s important to support one’s physical health at this time, supporting mental health is also vital. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness provide support and resources to all individuals on a personal level with a national backing and network.
4. Live Care Foundation
It’s no secret that the already marginalized and vulnerable are those suffering the most during this pandemic. The disabled community is no exception to this reality. Those who are elderly and/or disabled and receive home health services have never needed more help than now to cover the costs of simply living. Pre-pandemic, affording services like nursing homes, care centers or home health services was difficult, and many of these services are considered “extra” when really they are essential for so many people. Live Care Foundation offers assisted-care charitable grants to families and individuals in need. By contributing to the Live Care Foundation, you can help individuals receive the care they need to eat, live and function despite the pandemic. Make a donation today.
5. The American Red Cross
In addition to a desperate need for blood donations, the American Red Cross is also asking for money donations to support their mission and services they are providing in the wake of the pandemic. According to their website, the Red Cross has offered comfort, support and refuge during and after disasters such as home fires, tornadoes and hurricanes during the pandemic. By delivering relief where it’s most needed such as quarantine shelters, food distribution, and health and mental health services to those in need, the Red Cross is doing great things for so many people.