Looking for ways to help out as we navigate this crisis?
First off, unless it is absolutely essential, STAY PUT AND CONTINUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE. The longer we stay apart the more fun we'll all have once we're reunited! Secondly, TIP. If you get takeout from your favorite local restaurant, leave a generous tip. If you would normally get a haircut this month, call up your barber or stylist and see if you can pay them... even a half price virtual cut may help bridge the gap for their business. If you are lucky enough to have one, continue to pay your cleaning person, nanny, yard Maintenance company, etc. This is going to be difficult for all of us, but especially the small business owners and hourly workers who live close to the edge on a paycheck to paycheck basis. Anywhere you can, and as much as you can afford, please PAY IT FORWARD.
Here are a list of National, State, and Local charities and organizations that are helping during the Covid-19 Pandemic:
Loaves & Fishes: Providing groceries for neighbors in need throughout Mecklenburg County (Charlotte area)
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina: Striving to end hunger through education, partnerships, and advocacy.
One Blood: Blood donation center
American Red Cross: Blood donation center, plus plasma donation needed from RECOVERED Covid-19 patients (can possibly help treat those suffering)
Urban Ministry of Charlotte: An interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness
Crisis Assistance Ministry: Closed for now, but you can still donate. This organization helps people get back on their feet when they need it the most
Men's Shelter of Charlotte: Men's homeless shelter
Safe Alliance: Domestic Violence Shelter. With so many sheltered at home, many are unfortunately trapped where they are least safe.
Charlotte Rescue Mission: Addiction recovery and helping people get back on their feet