Coronavirus rocked the globe and changed billions of lives, seemingly overnight. Millions of people have fallen ill, lost their jobs, and been displaced from their homes. People all around the world are struggling to get back on their feet, protect their health and restore what was lost. But for many, that is no easy feat. If you want to provide a helping hand, but don’t know where to start, check out these three charitable causes that are dedicated to fighting COVID.
The World Health Organization (WHO), founded in 1948, is a branch of the United Nations. In addition to focusing on environmental hygiene and preventative health care, WHO’s original mission was to control the spread of pandemics. In its infancy, the organization attempted to eradicate malaria, tuberculosis, the bubonic plague, cholera, and yellow fever. Through programs that implemented disease surveillance, research, and vaccination, the World Health Organization worked tirelessly to improve the health of citizens all across the world. Today, one of WHO’s top priorities is combating the spread, and negative effects, of coronavirus.
In response to the current pandemic, The World Health Organization (in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation) has created the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Donations contribute toward efforts to provide personal protective equipment and supplies to frontline workers, vaccine research, virus tracking, and much more. Financial gifts are tax-deductible (in the US), and are accepted through Facebook, text message, and their online platform. If you’d like more information, WHO’s massive response plan is outlined in detail here.
The American Red Cross (ARC) is a humanitarian organization that was founded in Washington D.C. by Clara Barton in 1881. When Mabel Thorp Boardman took over in 1904, the organization began to consult with social workers, government officials, and scientists in order to expand their assistance efforts. The ARC grew to become one of the leading relief networks for disaster response, international aid, military support, and blood donations. Today, the American Red Cross accounts for nearly half of the country’s donated blood supply and is dedicating its resources toward fighting the ongoing pandemic.
Coronavirus attacks the body’s immune system, weakening its ability to prevent the virus from replicating. Although there is no current cure for COVID-19, the body’s natural immune response (T cells) produces antibodies that help infected patients recover. Researchers have determined that healed patients’ convalescent plasma contains antibodies that can boost recovery in people who are still battling the disease. Consequently, blood donations are crucial. With the recent surge in coronavirus cases, the ARC has issued an urgent request for convalescent plasma to curb the nation-wide shortage. If you’ve recovered from COVID-19 and are looking for ways to help others, click here for more information about donating your plasma.
3. Mental Health
When you think of philanthropic efforts during a pandemic, mental health probably isn’t the first cause that comes to mind. But the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has announced that for many, COVID-19 has endangered more than just their physical well-being. Strict self-quarantine and social distancing rules have left millions of people feeling depressed, overwhelmed, and isolated, without reliable ways to cope. To make matters worse, unemployment rates continue to rise as companies struggle to stay afloat. With pressure and anxiety mounting, people are in need of help. Here are a few organizations that are dedicated to providing mental health assistance during coronavirus.
- Mental Health America (MHA): MHA is a community-based nonprofit that works to meet citizen’s mental health needs through advocacy, public awareness, and helpful services. During coronavirus, MHA is offering blogs, webinars, and links to immediate crisis response.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that is providing free information and resources to help those who’ve been impacted by COVID-19. NAMI also provides a weekday helpline that offers crisis support.
There is philanthropic work to do on all fronts. To combat the ill-effects of coronavirus, we all must step up and do our part. Start by checking out these three charitable causes dedicated to fighting COVID-19, and use your resources to create positive change for those most affected.