Organizations Stepping Up to Serve Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Everyone is experiencing some big changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of those changes are the way that the community is giving back. Many nonprofit organizations are finding new ways to serve others impacted by COVID-19 and below are just a few groups that have set up relief efforts in response to the health crisis:
The Kearney Center
- The Kearney Center provides emergency services to those that are or are under the threat of homelessness. In light of social distancing, more than 100 clients have been moved to individual apartments and hotel rooms. The Kearney Center COVID-19 Fund was created to help cover additional costs while continuing to serve the community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
- Due to statewide school closures and digital learning transitions, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend is raising money to buy laptops for 100 students through a new Laptops for Littles fundraiser.
United Way of the Big Bend
- The United Way of the Big Bend, which helps to raise awareness and support for many local organizations that serve vulnerable populations in the community, have set up the UWBB Coronavirus Relief Fund to help provide assistance to families in need.
Elder Care Services
- Elder Care Service is working to keep seniors in the area healthy and safe during the coronavirus, which includes providing meals and in-home care. The emergency food pantry also remains fully operational.
Second Harvest of the Big Bend
- Second Harvest continues to fight hunger and food insecurity across the area. The coronavirus poses a large threat to food insecure populations, meaning that there is an increased need to get food to local families. A COVID-19 Response Campaign was set up to raise money for the most needed food products.
Second Harvest of South Georgia
- Second Harvest of South Georgia partners with several school districts across the region to keep kids fed during school closures. The organization also holds meal distributions to serve families experiencing food insecurity.
Greater Valdosta United Way
- The Greater Valdosta United Way helps about 20 different agencies dedicated to serving communities across South Georgia. The organization has established texting hotlines to raise money for those impacted by the coronavirus. Text UTILITY to 44321 to help local residents with water/power assistance. Text CORONA19 to 44321 to support FEMA agency partners. 100 percent of the funds will go to those helping to feed, clothe, and shelter those in need.