How You Can Help
There are many ways to assist during this crucial time. Below are opportunities to DONATE, VOLUNTEER, and SUPPORT. Have an idea? Let us know!
|PLASMA & BLOOD DONATIONS|| The New York Blood Center (NYBC) is increasing the nation’s supply of convalescent plasma by collecting donations from those who have recovered from COVID-19. NYBC will collect, process the plasma for infusion, and maintain a bank for hospitals to treat patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Click here for more information.
Consider giving blood or platelets at upcoming Red Cross blood drives on May 22 and June 11.
| SUPPLIES DONATIONS
Donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) are being accepted by Montefiore New Rochelle and local nonprofits working directly with vulnerable populations. Please contact Montefiore New Rochelle or the organization directly before dropping off any donation to make arrangements.
The Creative Learning Center is collecting pampers and pull ups in all sizes as well as wipes. Drop off or curbside pickup is available at 17 Anderson Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801. Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM - call 914-613-0700 x7301.
|Choosing what organizations and initiatives to support is a personal decision. Follow good giving practices, such as giving directly on a nonprofit organization’s web site or checking its profile in a vetted directory such as Charity Navigator or a membership organization such as the New Rochelle Council of Community Services. While most fundraising drives in a crisis are well-intended, be aware of the potential for fraudulent organizations or scams.
NourishAll: The City of New Rochelle has launched a food initiative, , to help address food insecurity for our most vulnerable residents by providing restaurant gift cards to participating, local New Rochelle restaurants. This public-private partnership benefits the recipients and the restaurants which are so crucial to our community. To contribute towards the continuation of through this crisis please donate here.
Local nonprofits are struggling to meet clients’ needs as they are facing increasing demands and cancelled fundraising events that support their operations. Please consider directing your support locally:
The list is not intended to be comprehensive. If you are a local organization seeking donations to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your information.
For suggestions regarding giving on a national or international level, refer to these articles:
New Rochelle has partnered with Volunteer New York! to help connect volunteers with local nonprofit organizations. Click here to connect to Volunteer New Virtual Volunteer Center during the COVID-19 crisis.
| Here are some suggested ways to support local businesses right now:
Buy gift cards or credit for later from your favorite restaurants, stores, hair salons, spas, childcare providers and hardware store.
Order meals for takeout or delivery from local restaurants. Call the restaurant directly to place your order. Post your meals on social media to remind your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Check to see which of your services/providers are now being provided online. Therapists, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes for kids - all of these can be continued through videos or online conferencing.
Many local businesses have online stores in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations. Whenever possible, consider shopping online from local businesses.
Pay it forward. if you or your child already paid for a class that was cancelled, instead of a refund, donate that lost money to the organization.
Check with the businesses where you frequently shop. They may have altered their services to fit the temporary ‘new normal’. For example, your local cleaners now may provide a disinfecting service, or maybe a toy store is now selling homeschool supplies.