How You Can Help
If you are interested in participating in efforts to help your community during this difficult time, there are a few ways you can lend a hand:
With the cancelation of blood drives and a call for social distancing, the San Diego Blood Bank is in great need of blood donations. Eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients.
The San Deigo Food Bank continues to operate during the COVID-19 crisis, and can always use donations and volunteer support. They have a virtual food drive, where you can donate food virtually and securely using a credit or debit card, or you can donate a monetary gift online. To volunteer, you can register for a shift at the San Diego Food Bank in either their Miramar or North County locations. Visit their COVID-19 landing page for more information.
Feeding San Diego is additionally keeping up their work serving the community by providing crucial help to those in need. Visit their COVID-19 webpage to see the many ways you can help, including finding food, starting a fundraiser, and spreading the word.
San Diego's Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) is continuing to help local military and veteran families through this national crisis by distributing essential supplies and offering financial services. Learn more about their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, and contribute either through monetary or in-kind donations.
San Diego County's United Way has started a San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by the layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. This is part of their San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofit organizations that are supporting local workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis. Find more information on how you can help by making a donation, HERE.
For the animal lovers out there, the San Diego Humane Society remains open and is still providing several services, like the PAWS San Diego pantry program and adoptions by appointment, as well as continuing to accept in-kind donations.