DENVER (CBS4) – As COVID-19 continues to spread in Colorado, some nonprofits and other agencies are asking for donations to continue help some of Colorado’s most vulnerable.
Gov. Jared Polis called on Coloradans to help those agencies amid the outbreak last week. “Please continue to donate to your local shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries as we know there are many families living paycheck to paycheck who can’t afford extra supplies,” he said on Friday.
Denver Rescue Mission’s CEO Brand Meuli says serving guests through this crisis remains their priority. They are handing out gloves and masks to anyone who comes to them coughing or sneezing.
Brad Meuli, our President/CEO wants the community to know we are committed to serving our guests and participants through this crisis. We need you to volunteer, donate food or financially. https://t.co/tgDR5XrLJE
— DenverRescueMission (@denverrescue) March 15, 2020
The shelter is asking anyone to please volunteer or donate.
The Action Center in Lakewood is preparing to help their community with basic food needs and other donations. They need non-perishable items like canned fruit, soups, cereal and peanut butter.
“We continue providing critical services during our community’s time of need. We know that these particular items can make all the difference in a time of emergency for those who depend upon our services,” said Pam Brier, Executive Director at The Action Center.
Food Bank of the Rockies is also asking for help as more Coloradans turn to them for help.
“We’re having to turn to different operational models and we’re seeing a dramatic need in our community unlike we’ve ever seen every before,” Erin Pulling, CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies, told CBS4.
Help support families in need by making a donation at www.FoodBankRockies.org
Food Bank of the Rockies is monitoring the Coronavirus crisis very closely.
We are anticipating much higher need as people face lost wages, increases in child care and potential medical bills. (1/5)
— Food Bank Rockies (@FoodBankRockies) March 14, 2020
SafeHouse Denver provides support to domestic violence survivors and their children. Services like a 24-hour crisis and information line, an emergency shelter and community education are provided at no cost to the survivor.
They ask the public to help continue those services.
Other resources are as follows:
Food Security Fund – Denver Public Schools Foundation
Help DPS fulfill the food security needs of Denver families and students by making a donation at www.DPSFoundation.org
Also, learn how other Colorado school districts are helping to offer meals to families.
Critical Needs Fund – Denver Foundation
Help mobilize resources to protect the health of the most vulnerable people in Metro Denver. Learn more at www.DenverFoundation.org
Arts & Culture
Continue to support your local arts and cultural institutions. Find a list of organizations in your county by going to www.SCFD.org
Volunteers Needed – Mile High United Way
Nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 are in need of volunteers. At this time, nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness, both large and small, have identified a number of immediate and long-term needs. Learn more by going to https://unitedwaydenver.org/covid-relief/
Blood Donors Needed: Vitalant
Due to canceled blood drives, Vitalant is in urgent need of blood donations.
Dumb Friends League
To adopt a new pet or make a financial contribution to the Dumb Friends League go to ddfl.org/ to learn more.
Denver Metro Emergency Food Network
Denver Food Rescue, Bondadosa, Focus Points Family Resource Center and Lost City have partnered to deliver free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Help get meals to those in need by donating here: denverdelivered.com
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America will continue to deliver meals to homebound seniors to ensure they maintain access to nutritional food through their Meals on Wheels program. Through the City Harvest program, VOA needs help sorting and packing boxes of food. To see how you can support VOA’s efforts go tovoacolorado.org/coronavirus
Emergency Support Fund: Denver Zoo
You can help the Denver Zoo continue their expert animal care during the current closure by making a donation to their Emergency Support Fund. Learn more by going to denverzoo.org/emergency-fund/.
Support your local non-profit organizations – Community First Foundation
Create a personalized fundraising page so you can enlist all of the people you’re connected with to support your favorite cause. Learn more at coloradogives.org/fundraising
Cleaning supplies donations in Denver
Residents can donate cleaning supplies or masks at La Alma Lincoln Park, 1325 W 11th Ave, Denver and Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Centers 3880 Newport St., Denver from 1 – 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Weinberg Food Pantry
This pantry operated by Jewish Family Service of Colorado and located at 3201 South Tamarac Drive is providing pre-packed boxes of food to anyone experiencing food insecurity with no documentation or sign up needed. To limit face-to-face interactions and promote social distancing, boxes of food are distributed through a pick-up system directly outside of the pantry. Get more information at www.jewishfamilyservice.org/services/covidresponse.
Donations to this Denver nonprofit will help families struggling to afford food in the metro area. A walk-up food distribution system has been set up as coronavirus spreads in Colorado. Get more information about how you can help at metrocaring.org/coronavirus.