The year might be ending, but there’s still a lot of need in the Houston area as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.
Several organizations in the Houston area have stepped up to help families struggling during this time. And just because the year is over doesn’t mean they’re done providing aid.
If you have the ability, here are a few organizations in the Houston area helping provide COVID-19 relief that could benefit from any donations.
Food banks are serving more and more families this year as food insecurity increases across the country. The Houston Food Bank helps those experiencing food insecurity in 18 southeast Texas counties. Every $1 donated provides three meals to those in need. You can also host a food drive within your workplace, neighborhood or place of worship.
For those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic, the grief can be even harder to manage while we’re all encouraged to stay at home. Bo’s Place helps connect grieving Houston-area families with resources and support services in English and Spanish. Monetary donations help with everyday expenses, and Bo’s Place also has an Amazon wish list with requested supplies.
To help families struggling to purchase food for their pets (and to keep animals at home and out of the shelter), the Houston Humane Society has a pet pantry with food and other supplies. You can donate money to help stock the pantry, or send an item from the Humane Society’s wish lists at Target, Amazon or Walmart.
It’s no secret artists, musicians, performers and other entertainment workers have struggled as we’ve all been homebound. The Houston Arts Alliance created a fund to supplement lost wages, helping artists pay for rent, food and other basic needs. The fund has raised over $300,000 in the last few months.
The pandemic has been stressful for everyone, but some are struggling more than others. The Harris Center has been operating the 24/7 statewide COVID-19 mental health support line and a free virtual support group for healthcare workers in Harris County.
Harris County’s COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is available at 833-986-1919.
The Southeast Texas Food Bank serves eight counties near Houston, including Orange and Jefferson counties. A $10 donation can help provide up to 40 meals for the community.
If you want to volunteer instead…
Volunteer Houston has activated their Virtual Volunteer Reception Center to connect Houstonians looking to volunteer with organizations that could use a set of hands. Find multiple opportunities within the city, from mentor programs to food preparation.
Source : chron.com