Coronavirus: Ways to Help Those Affected

Last update: 4/29/20 at 10:12 am

As the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues, many people are either out of work or have seen their hours significantly cut. In an effort to help locals affected by this pandemic, several Charleston area organizations are offering their help or collecting donations.

Look below to see a list of places that are offering their assistance and ways you can help:

Virtual Tip Jars

  • Holy City Sinner (with the help of a couple friends) was inspired by nationwide efforts to keep artists and servers fed, and created a Virtual Tip Jar. This is a good way for you to support your local bartenders and service industry folks (and more)
  • A separate Virtual Tip Jar was created by someone in the food & bev community. This one randomly selects who you are going to tip. Click here to view
  • A local company launched "Tips in the Jar," which you can view here.

DONATIONS

PURCHASES

  • Find out which restaurants, bars, and breweries are offering take-out and delivery options here
  • Find out which businesses are offering gift certificates, online ordering, delivery, virtual services, and much more by visiting BuyLocalChs.com.
  • The Summerville Burrito Co. is taking donations for meals for healthcare workers. They'll deliver catering to hospitals and medical offices, which will also allow the restaurant to continue to employ their staff
  • The Post & Courier created a list of local restaurant/brewery merchandise you can purchase
  • Buy merchandise and albums from local musicians and/or stream their music on platforms like Spotify, iTunes, etc.
  • Charleston's Women Entrepreneurs Inc. created a Gift Card Marketplace that features discounted digital vouchers from local women-owned businesses that can be bought today and redeemed up to 1 year later
  • Patron is selling gift cards to local businesses at a discounted rate
  • Uptown Social is running a "Pledge-a-Pizza Party" promotion

VOLUNTEERING

  • Shifa Clinic's COVID 19 Emergency Relief
  • To volunteer with the Lowcountry Food Bank, click here
    • Visit the LCFB website for a county-by-county listing of food distributions and school meal sites. To donate funds to enable the LCFB to purchase food and boxes and support additional food distributions during COVID-19, visit their COVID-19 Response web page.
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood and Enough Pie have created a "buddy system" for our most vulnerable elders in Joseph Floyd Manor, at Bridgeview Village, and at Brighton Place (in West Ashley). Sign-up to be a community buddy here
  • Charleston Area Senior Citizens’ Meals on Wheels of Charleston is in need of volunteer. Click here for more information.
  • Enough Pie’s “Community Buddy” program
    • Volunteers get paired with up to five elderly “buddies” from local nursing homes
  • Tricounty Family Ministries
    • Click here for volunteer opportunities

PETITIONS

ADVOCATING

  • From Lowcountry Local First: "The federal government must respond quickly and aggressively to keep small businesses solvent through the crisis. Small businesses need grants and subsidies. Loans alone will leave many small businesses crippled by debt and at risk of failure"
    • They encourage you to call Congress and share that message. Find your representatives via this link.

 

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