Service During the Pandemic

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS TIME OF PANDEMIC

Even with the Governor’s stay at home order, there are many ways we can continue to serve the community around us by assisting organizations helping others: Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Blood Banks, Animal Shelters. Donations and volunteers for various tasks (such as fostering a homeless pet in your home) are needed. Contact any service provider first by phone or website for guidance on the best ways to help and donate.

Bethlehem Family Shelter
at Bethlehem Baptist Church – Donations are still needed and welcome: gently used clothing: men’s and women’s all sizes, socks and shoes; underwear; children’s all sizes, underwear, socks and shoes; blankets; arts and crafts materials, games, puzzles, DVD movies, especially for children; books, feminine products, Depends all sizes, Pull-ups, diapers size 3 and up. Donations can be dropped off during member Angela Moore’s shift (4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday), Bethlehem Family shelter at Bethlehem Baptist Church 4818 East Portland Avenue, Tacoma.

Black Lives Matter Freedom Fund
This fund supports Native American and People of Color who are arrested and held on bail for peacefully demonstrating in favor of racial justice.  Cash bail is an inhumane system built to unfairly limit the freedom of those without financial/class privilege. The funds collected support the immediate release of people protesting the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Manuel Ellis (May 2020). Any remaining funds will continue to be used for future bailout efforts as an ongoing community bail fund project. Go here to donate: https://blacklivesseattle.org/bail-fund/

Emergency Food Network
There is growing food shortage that will affect the newly-unemployed, people who struggle with poverty – especially their children, and people on fixed incomes. Emergency Food Network supplies food and drink to the majority of food pantries and meal pick-up sites in Pierce County. Donations can be made at https://www.efoodnet.org/.

Food pantries all over Pierce County are in urgent need of volunteer support. To see guidelines for volunteering and a contact for more information, go to https://www.efoodnet.org/get-involved/.

Hero Meals
Hero Meals, a program of the Downtown Tacoma Partnership and neighborhood restaurants, provides meals for healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Join in supporting our local frontline healthcare heros and our local restaurants.
To donate visit downtowntacomapartnership.com/hero-meals and select a restaurant.
Every $25 sends three meals to healthcare workers.

Nativity House
Nativity House needs food, as donations have been cut with restaurants closed. Nativity House needs items that can be placed in lunch sacks: sandwiches (made in a grocery store), cup of noodles, granola, bars, fruit cups, cookies, crackers, bottled water or juice drinks, trail mix,
hand sanitizer.
Website: https://ccsww.org/get-help/housing/permanent-housing/nativity-house-apartments/nativity-house-day-shelter/ Contact: (253) 502-2780, or to help/donate items, contact Shannon Cline at (253) 365-4111.
To donate financially to CCS (Catholic Community Services) & Nativity House use this link: https://secure2.convio.net/ccsww/site/Donation2?df_id=5360&mfc_pref=T&5360.donation=form1

The Puget Sound Medic Collective
The Collective is a group of healthcare workers who provide inclusive healthcare support for direct action regarding social, economic, healthcare, and environmental injustices. The Collective provides first-aid support, de-escalation, and solidarity for such events. Donate at https://pugetsoundmediccollective.noblogs.org/

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities with United Way of Pierce County
https://uwpc.galaxydigital.com/need/index?q=&need_init_id=3079

Blood Donations

Blood donations are encouraged, since supplies are low. For a list of sites where you can donate blood, visit
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html
Cascade Regional Blood Services: https://www.crbs.net/donate/

Hospitals

Multicare needs manufactured Personal Protective Equipment (masks, gloves, gowns) and hand-sown masks. For information go to: https://www.multicare.org/news/donation-needs-COVID19/

CHI Franciscan (St. Joseph, St. Clare, St. Anthony) is grateful for all of the support received from its communities. They appreciate monetary donations to their emergency response fund to help respond to the current crisis, and are also still in need of N95 masks, standard medical masks and other protective gear. Go to https://www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors/covid-19/how-to-help.

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