Organizations Requesting Hands-On Volunteers:
American Red Cross:
Mission: Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
How to Help: In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from the new coronavirus to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients. Click HERE to sign up.
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance:
Mission: The Action Alliance is Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and domestic violence, and we’re launching a statewide awareness campaign to let survivors know that help is still available. The Virginia Statewide Hotline is still here and ready to help, and so are sexual and domestic violence programs all over the state.
How to Help: The Action Alliance has at least three ways that you can help get involved and spread resources to survivors. Visit their website HERE for more information.
Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:
Mission: National VOAD is a coalition of 70+ of the nation’s most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other non-profit organizations) and 56 State/Territory VOADs, which represent Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country. Virginia VOAD is state specific!
How to Help: Visit their website HERE to learn more about the various organizations and ways each needs you to get involved!
Mission: The Y has been building strong kids, strong families and strong communities in Richmond since 1854. With 17 convenient locations, the Y provides the resources that your neighborhood needs in a local community center with healthy and fun programs that span the generations.
How to Help: On May 6th from 8am- 12 noon the Tuckahoe YMCA will be hosting a food drive! You can get involved by dropping off food on the day of the drive. Specific items that are needed are listed on their website here
You can also volunteer on the day of the event. There are two time shifts. 7:45am-9:45am and 9:45am-12:30pm. If you can volunteer, please sign up here.
Organizations Requesting Monetary Donations:
Virginia’s Kids Belong:
Mission: Virginia’s Kids Belong runs innovative initiatives in states to help ensure that every child is in a loving home by: recruiting more foster and adoptive families, engaging wrap-around support for at-risk, foster & adoptive families along the way, and helping youth who have aged out without a family reach their full potential.
How to Help: Virginia’s Kids Belong has started the Foster Care Survival Kit Drive to support children in foster care and the families who care for them. You can sign up to make a kit for a family by texting KITS to 44-321 or by visiting their website HERE.
Little Hands Virginia:
Mission: Little Hands Virginia makes sure babies in Central Virginia have the essentials to thrive from “Day 1”. They work with local agencies, shelters, hospitals, and nonprofits to identify needs of families in Richmond, Hopewell, Petersburg, Charles City, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and New Kent.
How to Help: There are multiple different ways for you to get involved with this organization. You can donate money that will support babies and moms in need with necessities like diapers, clothes, essentials and more. Additionally, you can donate new and “gently used” items for newborns to 3 years of age. You can also host a drive or volunteer your time. Click here to learn more.
Mission: Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging offers a comprehensive range of Home and Community-Based Services for older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities in the City of RIchmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan.
How to Help: Senior Connections offers a variety of ways to get involved. Visit their website here to learn about donations, the Empty Plate Campaign, and volunteering!
Religious Organizations Requesting Assistance:
Mission: For Richmond is a nonprofit organization that connects and equips Christian leaders to collaborate for the transformation of Metro Richmond. They help unite churches and communities behind issues that are larger than any one organization can tackle. They cultivate the space and focus for individuals to have greater impact through unity of vision and resources.
How to Help: ForRichmond has created a Love Your Neighbor and Adopt Your Block campaigns for Faith Leaders in the community to donate their resources to help people in various communities. Click HERE to sign up.
How Restaurants and Hospitals Can Help and be Helped:
Frontline Foods Richmond:
Mission: Donations support local restaurants, and donations also extend to frontline healthcare workers, by giving them a comforting meal while they are on shift.
How to Help: Monetary donations are accepted, but this organization also needs restaurants and hospitals to sign up to receive their donations. Click HERE to sign up.
Loving Lunches RVA:
Mission: Loving Lunches RVA exists to thank and support medical and support staff involved in the diagnosis and care of patients with COVID-19 while simultaneously boosting the local food service economy.They partner with local food establishments to purchase boxed lunches and then deliver them to medical professionals on the front lines.
How to Help:
If you are a medical facility providing hands-on testing and/or care of COVID-19 patients and wish to inquire about receiving lunches, please contact Loving Lunches HERE.
If you are a restaurant and wish to participate by providing boxed lunches, contact the Retail Merchants Association, Katie Whittington, HERE
If you have any other questions , please contact Loving Lunches HERE.