COVID-19 Crisis: Ways You Can Help

Apr 1, 2020 | by The Salvation Army East

Public Support of Coronavirus Response

In recent weeks, many Americans have been asked to shelter at home and ‘social distance’ themselves in the effort to halt the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While unquestionably necessary in the fight against this pandemic, an unfortunate effect of social distancing has also been economic struggles for those already living paycheck-to-paycheck. Many have had their work hours reduced or have been laid off indefinitely.

We recognize that you might wish to help but could be unsure of how to do so safely and effectively.

For that reason, we want to share ways people, like you, are already helping us to serve those impacted by coronavirus.

Donate Monetarily Online

The quickest and safest way to help those in need is to donate monetarily online.  When you give at, your donation goes right back into the community of your billing zip code.  Our local unit will use your generous gift to purchase the needed supplies, which also empowers local economies that could be struggling from coronavirus.

Volunteer Locally

If you would like to volunteer, then please contact your local Salvation Army to find out more. While each local Salvation Army unit is taking precautions to ensure volunteer safety, we encourage volunteering strictly to those who are not of high vulnerability to coronavirus.

Encourage Others to Help

Helping our neighbors in need has always been a community effort, and that’s never been truer than now. The coronavirus impacts every community and individual. In addition to the direct threat of the disease, many now struggle more than ever to pay their bills and put food on the table because their work hours have been reduced or they’ve been laid off indefinitely.

These are people in your community—maybe your relative, maybe your next-door neighbor.

So we’re calling upon those who remain capable of donating money or supplies to help our neighbors through a time of increased need.

We encourage you to also call upon your friends and network to give their support as they can. Their neighbor and their community need them, and they want to help. They might just need to hear how from someone like you.

Not comfortable going out to shop?

Check with your local Salvation Army about needed supplies.  Contact your local Salvation Army for a list of needed supplies, and then shop for them online.

Create Your Own Online Fundraiser

At, you can become a powerful online fundraiser for The Salvation Army in your community today. With a few quick steps, you can create a fundraiser, set a goal, write your own story of why you’re helping, and then share among friends, family and acquaintances.

Donate Social Media Posts

Public awareness of how The Salvation Army helps struggling communities is essential to our ability to make an impact because the public only supports the causes they know and understand.

You can provide powerful support by simply sharing social media posts and talking about how The Salvation Army is helping in your community and across the country.

So we ask you to consider donating a social media post. This could mean posting about how you have donated and/or volunteered, or it could mean sharing a post from the local or national Salvation Army page.

Ask your local Salvation Army for their social media page information, and then follow to share posts.

You can find the national Salvation Army accounts at the links below.

The world has changed, and lives have been turned upside down.  Your generosity enables The Salvation Army to provide stability to those financially and physically impacted by the coronavirus. 

Stay hopeful.  Stay safe.  Stay well. 

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