The coronavirus pandemic is overwhelming, and one of the most excruciating parts for many people is the feeling of utter helplessness in the face of widespread suffering and hardship. Though staying inside and staying healthy are the most crucial ways to stave off this outbreak, CNN’s Impact Your World has compiled a list of donation opportunities and tips to help those affected by the crisis.
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Arts and culture
How to give
American Guild of Musical Arts Relief Fund: The AGMA is a labor union that represents artists involved in America’s operatic, choral and dance heritages. Their relief fund will support members who have lost opportunities and income during the coronavirus crisis.
ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund: This fund will help stabilize the arts sector in Seattle, where the coronavirus has been especially devastating.
Broadway Cares: This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the performing arts community, and has created an emergency fund for creative industry workers in New York who are impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
CERF+: This is a non-profit organization that builds financial security for artists in craft disciplines (like metalsmithing and sculpting) , and provides advocacy and education opportunities. They have a fund specifically for artists affected by the coronavirus crisis.
The Actors Fund: TAF provides financial relief and promotes economic security for performing arts and entertainment professionals.
The Actor’s Fund of Canada: The AFC’s emergency assistance fund will help help Canadian arts and entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work through the crisis.
The Center for Puppetry Arts: The CPA offers free virtual programing for children and adults. Enjoy puppet shows, puppet presentations and workshops from home.
The Entertainment Industry Foundation: Among other things, the EIF helps people in the entertainment industry raise funds and awareness and advocate for positive change in times of crisis. Their Coronavirus Fund will provide relief to vulnerable people in the industry.
The Foundation for Contemporary Arts: The FCA, which promotes and supports innovative and emerging artists, has an emergency fund to support artists who have lost income from canceled performances or exhibitions.
MusiCares: This charity, established by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, provides relief to music industry professionals in times of crisis. Their Coronavirus Relief Fund is supported by major tech and streaming companies like Pandora, Spotify and Youtube Music.
How to help in your community
Commit: Purchase an annual membership to your favorite arts venue, museum or cultural heritage site to show them you’re in it for the long run.
Collect: Support local artisans by buying their work as gifts, or purchase other merchandise to support local acts.
Follow: Your favorite arts venue may be offering in special online programs during coronavirus restrictions. Follow and interact to show they’re making an impact.
Tune in: Search for and participate in virtual events from your favorite musicians or venues (even museums and galleries may offer some).
Seniors and people with disabilities
How to give
Humanity & Inclusion: International Covid-19 response teams are being dispatched for people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, and will provide hygiene kits, traveling social visits and psychological support.
Meals on Wheels: This network of over 5,000 community programs provides meals, visits and safety checks to seniors during the coronavirus crisis.
The Arc Foundation: The Arc advocates for the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their Covid-19 resources also provide ways to get politically active and stay in touch with your local health authorities.
The National Council on Aging: Donations to the NCOA help provide older adults with food, medicine, utilities and other necessities.
How to help in your community
Deliver food: Help a senior citizen in your community by delivering a meal through Meals on Wheels.
Write a letter: Search for a senior center, memory care center or nursing home in your area and e-mail or call them to let them know you’d like to write some letters. They can let you know any specific requests, and where to send the finished product. (This works even better if several people participate.)
Check in: If you have elderly neighbors or friends, call them to see how they’re faring. Offer to do some non-contact chores, like putting the trash out, getting the mail or mowing the lawn.
How to get help
Get active: The National Institute on Aging, a branch of the National Institutes of Health, offers a set of low-impact workout videos specifically designed for seniors.
Get informed: The National Council on Aging has a hub for everything older adults need to know, including information about coronavirus scams and how to get benefits assistance.
Get connected: Lonely? Call the Institute on Aging’s toll free friendship line to get support, advice or just a someone to talk to.