Ways to Give
In a time of social distancing, we are also embracing community. People throughout our region are coming together to help those most affected by the pandemic. Here we highlight a few ways you can join in the response.
Support the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund
The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund provides flexible support for community-based organizations providing crisis support services, addressing the needs of those most affected by the pandemic, and procuring food and safety supplies for scaled distribution. The focus is flexible in nature and will remain responsive to the community as needs change over time. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations only; no individuals. See more details here
Support organizations through direct grants
Repercussions of the pandemic have the potential to threaten the fiscal health and long-term sustainability of many organizations. Individuals with funds at the Community Foundation can make grant recommendations to organizations of their choice at any time through the Fund Advisor Portal, or by contacting your philanthropic advisor.
In addition, here are a few other local efforts worth consideration:
National and International Organizations
If you are interested in national or worldwide response, here are a few options:
Be alert to scams
This is a time to be cautious about emails and links that may be sent to you from organizations or people you do not know. These may be fundraising or phishing scams that attempt to take advantage of your generosity. If you are suspicious of a solicitation, please contact us first.
Volunteer your time
While many public events and volunteer activities in our region have been cancelled, our HandsOn Greater Richmond team is working closely with organizations to share their most immediate needs while dealing with coronavirus—from virtual volunteering to projects that ensure essential services can continue. In particular, we are partnering with schools, food banks/pantries, and homeless shelters.
Additional ways to support our community
- Continue to wash your hands and practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the virus. Follow the latest guidance of the CDC and Virginia Department of Health.
- Be kind and be patient, particularly with those working in service industries.
- If you have purchased a ticket for an event that has been cancelled, consider making this your donation.
- Check in on your sick or elderly neighbors.
- Consider buying a gift card to your favorite restaurant(s) or small business to help sustain them during this time of lesser demand.