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Inspired Blog#RVGIVESBACK | COVID-19 Edition

The world is facing an unprecedented challenge right now. While we’re fortunate to have comfort and support in this time of uncertainty, there are many within our communities who do not share these privileges. In the spirit of leaving the woodpile higher than we found it, we’ve encouraged all of our teammates to give back however they can — and we encourage you to do the same!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of opportunities for you to help stack your own local woodpile. If you don’t see something on this list that sparks your interest, consider donating at local blood drives, volunteering/donating at food banks, or fostering animals from a nearby shelter. 

Charlotte, NC

  • Oneblood: Please consider donating blood to local blood donation centers. Oneblood has multiple ways to donate blood while still staying safe. This is a simple way to help save lives in your community.
  • CMS Meal DistributionVolunteers can help with set-up/breakdown, and hand out books, food, and supplies during the event.
  • UrbanPromise Charlotte: Consider buying gift cards for UrbanPromise’s families and teenage ‘Street Leaders.’
  • Freedom CommunitiesDonate to support the families of 166 children who attend Bright Future Learning Center in Charlotte. The money raised will be distributed for families to help them purchase diapers, formula, soap, toilet paper, and other hygiene products.
  • #CLTSTRONG: Stay Healthy. Stay Home. Eat Local. GoFundMe: Local restaurants, delis, coffeeshops, bakeries, and local health heroes need support, appreciation, and love. Donate to this community fundraiser to provide local meals for the hospital staff in your area.

Plantation, FL

  • Meals on Wheels South Florida: Help serve nutritious meals to the elderly, who are identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as high-risk citizens.
  • Feeding South Florida: Donate to the Feeding South Florida COVID-19 Response Fund to help feed kids, seniors, and families in the South Florida area.

Detroit, MI

  • GleanersPlease donate non-perishable foods to help provide children with meals while school is out.
  • Michigan Humane SocietyConsider becoming an animal foster parent! The MHS is also collecting pet supply donations while it runs on minimal staff during COVID-19.
  • COTSHelp families in need by making a monetary donation or by purchasing supplies from their Amazon wish list.

New York City, NY

  • Urban Institute: Did you know that many people experiencing chronic homelessness fall into the high-risk categories identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Consider donating to Urban Institute to help support the homeless community during this time.
  • United Way NYC: Donate to the COVID-19 Community Fund to help support low-income New Yorkers. 
  • Food Bank for New York City: Help feed the hungry in New York City by offering food and/or monetary donations.  

Seattle, WA

San Francisco, CA

  • Donate Personal Protective Equipment: Please donate personal protective equipment to the health professionals in the Bay Area. Use this website to find where and what you can donate. 
  • Meals on Wheels San Francisco: Help serve nutritious meals to the elderly, who are identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as high-risk citizens.

São Paulo, BR

  • Follow @comunitasbr on Instagram: Donate through their online shared link to buy CTI machines and respiratory equipment for hospitals in Brazil. 
  • Albert Einstein’s Hospital Volunteers: Donate funds to make basic hygiene kits for two of São Paulo’s poorest neighborhoods. You can also register as a volunteer nurse or many other admin positions they have open during this time. 

Austin, TX

  • AISD Crisis Support Fund: Donations will help expand food services to provide weekend packs so families can have food security beyond daily weekday meals. The donations will also support health programs and remote learning for students.
  • Artists Emergency Relief Fund: Contributions help artists who lose income from gigs canceled due to COVID-19. Those facing food and housing insecurity get priority.
  • Central Texas Food Bank: Monetary donations turn into meals for hungry families, especially those that don’t qualify for federal assistance.
  • Connections: As donations of food, clothing and other supplies can’t be accepted right now, monetary contributions will provide basic necessities to homeless, abused and at-risk youths in 17 counties, including Bastrop, Caldwell and Comal. 
  • Foundation Communities Emergency Assistance Fund: The emergency fund will help hundreds of families as well as veterans, seniors and individuals with disabilities pay for rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more.

Learn more about how we’re responding to COVID-19, and how we’re helping our employees (parents especially) adjust to their new WFH realities.

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Morgan Howder

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