COVID-19 - HOW TO GET INVOLVED

HELP COLORADO NOW

Governor Jared Polis has organized the Colorado COVID Relief Fund in partnership with Mile High United Way, which is working to move resources to community-based organizations that are directly supporting local residents and families who are most affected by emerging health, economics, and social impacts. The fund will not provide grants to individuals but will be funding community-based organizations that have experience and a history of providing people and families with services and support.

The site features information about numerous ways volunteers can get involved.

For more information, go to www.helpcoloradonow.org

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PROJECT ANGEL HEART

Project Angel Heart mission is to improve health and well-being for the people who receive our meals. And because our focus is on health, we’re closely monitoring developments related to coronavirus in Colorado. Our clients, all of whom are already facing life-threatening health conditions, are among the most vulnerable people in our state, so we are taking extra precautions to keep them, our volunteers, and our staff safe and healthy. We are closely monitoring guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and we are taking actions to limit the risk of the virus affecting anyone associated with our program.  

Volunteers 

  • There has been an outpouring of volunteer applications – PAH is temporarily closing their application process for food delivery as they screen and schedule volunteers.
  • At-home project – requesting help, and instructions, for making facemasks for volunteers and clients

For more information, go to www.projectangelheart.org

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MAKE A WISH COLORADO

Services – Needs

  • During this time, Make A Wish is not able to grant wishes in the “normal” way.  They are, however, asking for the public to participate via sharing a Message of Hope.
  • Now more than ever, wish kids need hope. You can join us & share a Message of Hope by posting an encouraging message to wish kids who are waiting, and tagging Make-A-Wish America (@makeawish on Instagram),  #WishesAreWaiting, + 2 friends to join in.

Learn more at  wish.org/messages-of-hope

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METRO CARING

Metro Caring meets people's immediate food needs while addressing the root cause of hunger: poverty. They provide nutritious groceries to our community and also offer comprehensive anti-hunger resources so that families can break the cycle of poverty.

Their fresh foods market is at the heart of Metro Caring. Shoppers choose from an array of nutritious foods based on their dietary needs and preferences and leave with a week's supply of groceries, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy and lean protein. 

Metro Caring is committed to remaining open and providing nutritious food to families and older adults. The health and safety recommendations and citywide mandates for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are changing daily. During this challenging time, they see an opportunity for compassion and resiliency. They can positively impact our community, even during social distancing.

Financial Donations
Your financial contribution will allow them to:

  • Acquire additional food and essential household items as they stretch to meet increased need;
  • Purchase adequate cleaning supplies such as gloves, bleach, hand sanitizer and masks; 
  • Set up stanchions and signage for social distancing during food distribution; and 
  • Fill out the four steps and click complete.
  • Cover stipends and increased personnel expenses to maintain their operations while many of their volunteers choose to stay home and (rightly so) prioritize their self-care. 

In-kind donations

  • Sturdy, unused or washed reusable grocery bags

Volunteers

Metro Caring needs volunteers that can spend 3-4 shifts per week with them. Their goal is to have fewer volunteers who can work multiple shifts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 resulting from group gatherings. If you're: 

  • Under 60 and don't have a medical condition that places you in a high-risk category, or 
  • Over 60 and healthy, with permission from your medical provider

For more information, go to www.metrocaring.org/coronavirus

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FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES

Food Bank of the Rockies has an immediate need for volunteers, so that they can continue providing food assistance to our community and partners. They are looking for healthy individuals to continue helping them provide food to those facing hunger in our community.   

They have increased safety measures to protect their volunteers and are limiting volunteer groups to fewer than 50 people per shift. Volunteers will be split into small work groups of 10 or less people throughout the warehouse, to increase social distancing. Additionally, they have CDC recommended protocols in place to ensure a safe and sanitary environment.  

To register as a volunteer with Food Bank of the Rockies, click on the link below.

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MEALS ON WHEELS

The Meals on Wheels program with Volunteers of America needs volunteers to help deliver hot and frozen meals to homebound seniors during this time of crisis.

To ensure the safety of their clients, Volunteers of America requires all interested volunteers to fill out an application and to pass a background check. This process can take some time to complete, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they are prioritizing making the process as quick as possible. Please contact Alicia Sandoval at asandoval@voacolorado.org  or 303-297-0408 to learn more and get started.

For more information about the Meals on Wheels program and Volunteers of America, go to https://www.voacolorado.org/coronavirus.  

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GIVE BLOOD

Blood supplies in Colorado are critically low. We strongly urge healthy, eligible people to give blood or platelets so patients have the lifesaving blood they need to survive. Donating blood is safe and blood centers are not considered gatherings. Here are some facts about the current blood shortage:

  • Colorado’s normal blood supply is at half its normal level, due to the cancellation of community and corporate blood drives and a downturn in walk-in volunteers.
  • More than half of all blood drives in March have been cancelled. Blood drives typically account for 60% of all blood donations.
  • A single blood donation can help up to three patients.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.
  • Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Type O is the most needed blood type.
  • Donated blood is needed for people in accidents, people who need emergency surgery, and people with ongoing blood conditions such as hemophilia.
  • One-third of donated blood is used by patients with hemophilia.

To find a center near you, click on the link below. Please call ahead of time to ensure the center is accepting donations. 

Blood Drive Center