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Community Assistance Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 24, 2020 - April 30, 2020
We are sad to have had to cancel all of our in-person events and activities at this time, but we know Buckeyes are always looking for ways to help others and serve our community. While we socially distance ourselves, our DC-area community is even more obviously split into much smaller communities. If you are in need of assistance, including food delivery/household errands, submit a comment on social media:
Here are some ways to help if you are able:
Nextdoor has launched a feature called Help Map. The Help Map allows those in need to easily identify which neighbors have raised a hand to assist with an errand — or just give a call to check in.
DCist has an article with a great list of help and mutual aid groups, including for communities in Ward 1, Takoma, Mount Pleasant, Petworth, and other city-wide initiatives: click here for the full article.
There are Medical Reserve Corps throughout our region, including most local counties in VA and MD as well as multiple units in DC. Arlington and other Virginia localities are currently taking applications from prospective volunteers. In Maryland and DC, contact your local unit for more information on volunteering.
Some community organizations we have partnered with include:
Food For Others (Merrifield/Fairfax County – currently seeking volunteers)
From Ohio State and the Wexner Medical Center, Ways to Help:
Make our caregivers smile
Email BRAVO@osumc.edu with your encouraging words, pictures and videos to support our frontline health care workers.
Support immediate needs
Give to the Wexner Medical Center Greatest Need Fund.
- Accelerate research on testing and treatments for COVID-19
- Assist with the purchase of additional medical equipment to help treat more patients
How to give:
- Make a gift
- Text COVID19 to 91999
We are humbled and honored by the generosity of our community and the desire to donate new, unopened medical supplies. We have opened a donation center to accept and process donations.
There is a critical shortage of blood nationally. If you are healthy and eligible, visit https://versiti.org/ for a list of blood drives in your community.
Want to add resources and organizations to our list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org