Support for the Community During COVID-19: Ways to Give Back + Get Help

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For a lot of people in our community, the disruptions we are experiencing because of COVID-19 are more than inconveniences. Many people are especially vulnerable right now, including people without paid sick leave or without the option to work from home, people who are low-income, people who are food insecure, people who are older or who have weakened immune systems, people who are unsafe in their homes, and more. Existing inequities, including racial disparaties, have been exposed and exacerbated during this time. The Pittsburgh community is rallying to offer immediate support for those who need it most.

We have compiled many of the resources that are available and ways to give back below. We hope this will help you find the support you may need during this time and find ways to give back to your community.

Make a donation:

Volunteer Opportunities:

Ways to take action and stay engaged:

  • Read the statement from the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations on discrimination targeting Asian populations for ways to help combat racism:
    • “You can support our international community through the following actions: buy food, supplies, or a gift card from a locally-owned Asian business; volunteer with a local non-profit serving vulnerable groups; reach out virtually to ensure the well-being of neighbors, friends, and colleagues; speak out when you hear racist and xenophobic comments; encourage reporting of discriminatory and hateful actions- even if PghCHR is not able to investigate these claims, we will always provide resources for agencies that may be able to help.”
  • Learn more about the disproportionate racial impacts of COVID-19 (EmbraceRace)
  • Vote by mail in Pennsylvania’s Primary Election on June 2 – Rather than heading to the polls in person, apply for a mail-in ballot by May 26
  • Sign up for action alerts from the Family Care Act campaign, which advocates for paid family and medical leave for all workers in Pennsylvania
  • Take action with Start Strong PA to advocate for emergency funding for child care programs in Pennsylvania
  • What Black Pittsburgh Needs to Know About COVID-19: Virtual town halls with 1Hood Media and UrbanKind Institute livestreamed every Tuesday at 2 PM

Support Small Businesses:

Where to access meals:

Other support services available:

Mental health resources:

Check out our other COVID-19 resources: