How You Can Help While Social Distancing

Below are agencies at the local, state, and national level that you can support while social distancing. We recognize that at this time many agencies are seeking financial support. Fundraising and donating monetary resources adheres to social distancing guidelines and lessens the possibility of spreading the virus through in-kind donations and in-person volunteering. If you are a student or student group seeking assistance in organizing virtual fundraising and donation campaigns for one of these organizations, please contact Shannon Gillespie at sgillespie@wcupa.edu. If you are an agency or organization that would like to be included in the list below, please contact Seth Jacobson at sjacobson2@wcupa.edu.

Chester County

WCU Resource Pantry

The WCU Resource Pantry supports student success by minimizing food and basic need security and preparing students for life after graduation.

Ways you can help

The WCU Foundation

The WCU Foundation has started a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to assist students who are experiencing food/housing insecurity, lost wages, and other hardships because of this pandemic.

Ways you can help

Chester County COVID Response Fund 

United Way of Chester County and other partners are committed to ensuring that Chester County’s most vulnerable families and individuals have the support they need to weather this crisis.  100% of donations to this fund will be distributed to non-profit organizations in Chester County.

Ways you can help

Donate to Chester County COVID-19 Response Fund

Chester County Food Bank

The CCFB is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 partner agencies in Chester County, PA.  They are in need of monetary donations to safely meet the needs of the community.

Ways you can help

Donate to the Chester County Food Bank

Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County

The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County’s mission is to ensure the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout Southern Chester County.

Ways you can help

Translate their children’s programs into Spanish

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact SGillespie@wcupa.edu for more information.

Arts Holding Hands and Hearts

AHHAH’s mission involves empowering youth, strengthening families, and mobilizing communities through literacy, mindfulness, and expressive arts.

Ways you can help

  • Reading books to children via Zoom
  • Facilitate a drive for new children’s book donations
  • If you are interested in this opportunity, contact SGillespie@wcupa.edu for more information

The Hickman

The Hickman is a senior living community located in the heart of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Guided by Quaker principles and tradition, The Hickman provides individualized care and assistance to older adults who seek a safe and affordable living environment.

Ways you can help

  • Read aloud or lead an activity for the seniors via Zoom
  • If you are interested in this opportunity, contact SGillespie@wcupa.edu for more information

Blood Bank of Delmarva

The Blood Bank of Delmarva provides blood and blood products to 19 hospitals on the Delmarva Peninsula.  Giving blood can help save up to 20,000 lives per year.

Ways you can help

Pennrose Property Management

Pennrose works to transform communities by creating quality, secure and affordable living environments.​

Ways you Can Help:

  • Sending cards of encouragement and care packages to their seniors experiencing social isolation
  • If you are interested in this opportunity, contact SGillespie@wcupa.edu for more information

RSVP Chester County 

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

Ways You Can Help

  • STEM Presenters:
    RSVP is looking for juniors and seniors majoring in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) to do a presentation for public schools students (via Zoom) about their career interests (e.g., what they are studying; why they chose their major; their college experience; and what they hope to do with their college degree).
  • Math Tutors:
    Virtually tutor students that need help with math. This opportunity requires volunteers to have or obtain their clearances.
  • Literacy Volunteer:
    Read books to students (K-4th grade), via Zoom. This opportunity requires volunteers to have or obtain their clearances.
  • Volunteer Executive Consultants:
    RSVP is looking for students (especially business majors) to support non-profit organization leaders in building their capacity. Students will be matched with small teams (2-4) of volunteer professionals and executives to address an organizational need identified by a local non-profit (e.g., developing a strategic plan; developing and/or implementing a marketing campaign.)

If you are interested in any of the opportunities above, email volunteer123@rsvpmc.org for more information.

 Greater Philadelphia & Statewide

Philadelphia COVID-19 Fund

This fund supports nonprofits serving vulnerable populations facing the most severe effects of COVID-19.

Donate to PHL COVID-19 Fund

Philly Counts

Philly Counts 2020 is the City’s effort to support the next United States Census. Are you stuck at home, but still want to make sure your block is counted in the 2020 Census? Philly Counts will be phonebanking residents in every neighborhood in Philadelphia and need your support!

Ways you can help

Sign Up to Phonebank with Philly Counts

Philabundance

Philabundance is the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to 90,000 people weekly in 9 counties in PA and NJ. Of the people Philabundance serves, 30% percent are children and 16% percent are seniors. Others who seek food assistance include people with disabilities, single parents, veterans, students and working class families.

Ways you can help

The Coalition Against Hunger’s Virtual Race Against Hunger

Proceeds raised from The Race (April 17th-April 27th, 2020) support the Coalition Against Hunger’s programs that connect people to emergency food, food assistance programs and educate the public and policymakers about responsible solutions to prevent hunger.

More information on how to register to run/walk, donate to The Coalition, or become a Fundraiser.

National & International

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organization (WHO)

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.

Ways you can help

Donate to the COVID-19 Response Fund for WHO

Feeding America

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Ways you can help

American Association for Cancer Research Foundation

The AACR Foundation supports the groundbreaking work of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) – the first and largest cancer research organization in the world with a membership of more than 35,000 professionals residing in 101 countries working on the front lines of the effort to eradicate cancer. The Foundation backs every aspect of high-quality, innovative cancer research.

Ways you can help

Donate to The ACCR Foundation

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