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Charities & Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Below is a list of organizations, charities, and small business collectives that have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, are implementing initiatives to help fight the spread, or are raising money to help keep other organizations/ individuals afloat.


Due to the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 has had on the restaurant community, a collective of restaurant industry professionals have set a global initiative in motion to get funds into the hands of restaurants NOW, even if they are temporarily closed.

See which restaurants are offering dining bonds or gift cards and purchase one here.

COVID-19 Response Fund (World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. You can make a donation here.


COVID-19 Financial Solidarity Fund

This request form has been put together for individuals whose livelihood is being directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and who need support. They can post requests by filling out a form, and other individuals can donate directly to them.

FAQs about this and how to request or make a donation are here.

Masks for America

Doctors, nurses, and other frontline medical workers across the U.S. and Puerto Rico are being forced to ration N95 masks or turn to inadequate bandanas, paper, and cloth masks — leaving them vulnerable to infection as they interact with COVID-19 patients.

Masks for America has partnered with an FDA-certified manufacturer selling N95 masks at $2/mask, and every dollar donated goes directly to mailing these masks to health care facilities.

Learn more and donate here.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a community-based service that provides fresh, nutritious meals delivered directly to the homes of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Meals on Wheels is continuing to operate during the COVID-19 crisis and is in higher need now more than ever. You can donate to support Meals on Wheels here.

Feeding America

Feeding America is a United States–based nonprofit organization that is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that feed more than 46 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other community-based agencies.

Feeding America is providing emergency food boxes, drive-thru pantries, and long-term support for food banks during the COVID-19 crisis. Donate to support them here.

Chefs for America

Chefs for America is working to feed students, seniors, and vulnerable communities during this time, starting by mapping where the needs are, delivering individually packaged meals, and creating community kitchens (mostly around schools), where they're needed most.

Donate to help provide meals for families in need here.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

For more than 25 years, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence. Domestic violence shelters experience increased demand during periods of isolation and unfortunately aren't often considered or funded as disaster resources.

Through its key initiatives and special projects, NRCDV works to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. 

Learn more and donate here.

Bay Area-based

SF Gov COVID-19 Response

The SF Government is taking tax-deductible donations for Give2SF that will help protect the health of San Francisco and support the most vulnerable, including individuals, families and local businesses.

Learn more and donate here.

GLIDE Memorial Church

GLIDE is a social justice movement, social service provider and spiritual community dedicated to strengthening communities and transforming lives. GLIDE offers the city’s only meals program providing three nutritious meals a day, 364 days a year, to the one-in-four San Franciscans facing food insecurity.

GLIDE has currently adjusted some of its operations to maintain essential services while protecting the health and safety of their clients, staff and the general public. You can make a donation to help support GLIDE here.

Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand’s mission is to improve health outcomes and quality of life by providing nutritious meals to the sick and vulnerable, caring for and educating our community.

Project Open Hand is still providing 7-meal packs to their Community Nutrition Program clients Monday through Friday during the stay-at-home ordinance. Learn more about how you can donate to Project Open Hand here.

Lava Mae

Lava Mae is teaching the world how to take critical services for the homeless by providing free hygiene toolkits, as well as through mentorship and training for communities that want to launch mobile hygiene programs for their unhoused neighbors.

Lava Mae's mobile hygiene services have been suspended until mid-April to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about how you can continue to support Lava Mae here.


SaveOurFaves is helping individuals buy gift cards for local Bay Area restaurants to help flatten the curve of lost income from COVID-19 closures.

Learn more and purchase gift cards here.

W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc. (W.O.M.A.N., Inc.) has operated since 1978 as a community-based, multi-service agency, serving survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. W.O.M.A.N., Inc. helps survivors of domestic violence feel empowered through therapy, peer counseling, and the creation of a healthy survivor community.

Learn more and donate here.



RSVP improves the lives of the vulnerable populations in the local community by focusing on education and wellness and by supporting nonprofits through skill-based volunteer programs.

Right now, there is an URGENT need for Meals on Wheels drivers and Food Pantry volunteers. Learn more about how to get involved here.


Philabundance is building and distributing emergency food boxes across our nine-county service area. Please consider helping cover the cost of as many boxes as possible to help our neighbors in need through this difficult and unprecedented time.

Learn more and donate here.

Broad Street Ministry

Our friends at Broad Street Ministry have an Amazon Wishlist of the things they need most right now to continue to support some of Philly's most vulnerable community members.

Check out their wishlist and consider purchasing an item here.

Dining at a Distance

Support Philadelphia restaurants while responsibly practicing social distancing. Use this aggregator to find which restaurants in the Philadelphia area are open for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery during the lockdown of Philly's restaurants and bars during COVID-19.

More information can be found here.

Safran Turney Hospitality Relief Fund

This is a fund for workers at many 13th St restaurants in Philly like Grocery, Bud & Marilyns, Lolita, and more.

So we are asking our guests to consider making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign in support of our team members through our Safran Turney Relief Fund. Donate here.

Women Against Abuse

As Philadelphians stay in their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of them will be quarantined with an abusive partner. During these unprecedented times, Women Against Abuse's mission - to support survivors in crisis and help them heal with dignity - is even more urgent.

Since domestic violence is an ever-present issue that requires ongoing support, Women Against Abuse has developed a comprehensive response to the growing threat of COVID-19 that will ensure our continued service to survivors in Philadelphia. Learn more about you can help or donate here.

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