Even though we are in isolation, this is a time for community. The COVID pandemic has cost our family members jobs, has put our friend’s health and healthcare benefits in jeopardy, and threatens our neighbors with poverty and hunger. What might be worse is the feeling of impotence that many of us feel in the face of a crisis no individual can manage alone. But the good news is that we are not alone. We are in this together. In fact there are many organizations in San Diego that are working to support those of us in need because of the virus and its fall out. If you have needs, these organizations may be able to help. If you are looking for a way to help others, contacting these organizations is a great place to start.
Teen homelessness is a problem in San Diego, but this organization works to reach these teens and set them on a better path. The Youth Assistance Coalition provides shelter, food, substance abuse programs, job training, and more for our at risk teens. During the lock down, these young people are more at risk than ever. Express Center is proud to have the Youth Assistance Coalition as one of our mailbox customers!
This organization is working to provide help to school children and our homeless population. For the children they are taking volunteers for tutoring and mentoring. Even during a pandemic, education is important and no child should be left behind. UPLIFT is also seeking to provide shelter to the homeless population of San Diego, not just for the duration of shelter-in-place, but into the future, as well. Express Center is proud to have UPLIFT as one of our mailbox customers!
The San Diego Foundation has created this fund which receives donations and makes emergency grants and interest-free loans to nonprofits that are working on the front lines to provide our region’s most vulnerable communities with assistance, such as food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, and rent and utility payment support.
The Food Bank is committed to providing food assistance and resources to the 350,000 people they serve every month and those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. They are currently running a ‘virtual food drive’ and are seeking cash donations as well as volunteers.
The Wounded Warrior Project is reaching out to all its registered warriors to identify those who are in financial distress due to the loss of household income related to the coronavirus pandemic. Those unable to meet their needs for food or shelter can apply for emergency funds. Warriors who qualify will be granted $1,000 per household to help pay for groceries, utilities, rent or mortgage payments, and other essential expenses.
The group is partnering with the San Diego Food Bank, San Diego Unified School District and other local organizations serving senior citizens in our community to make pet food available at their distribution sites.
Supporting Second Chance Dog Rescue is one of the most direct ways to save the lives of thousands of helpless dogs, provide medical care and reduce overpopulation. Their rescue is funded only by contributions. At a time when we are in isolation, they are helping to provide people with animal companionship. Express Center is proud to have Second Chance Dog Rescue as one of our mailbox customers!
The San Diego Blood Bank is always taking donations of blood. They are an essential service and are still seeking donors by appointment. Donating blood is a quick and easy way to help your community.
If you are interested in donating or volunteering, these are only a few of the organizations working hard to help our community in these tough times. If you know of other local organizations that are deserving of donations or volunteers, please share with us in the comments. Express Center is happy and proud to salute all those who are stepping up to help.