TAKE 5 MINUTES TO DONATE TO AN UNDERFUNDED ORGANIZATION/COMMUNITY
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
Businesses in the DC area are struggling with a decrease in sales because of the COVID-19 virus. Consider buying a gift card from your favorite local shop that you can save for later. Support DC is a helpful organization that has compiled a list of restaurants and shops in the area where you can purchase gift cards online in five minutes or less.
GIVE MONEY FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES
Around the country, health care workers are in urgent need of masks, gloves, face shields, goggles and surgical gowns, along with other medical supplies. Organizations like the CDC Foundation and hospitals like the Shady Grove Medical Center have created user-friendly platforms where you can donate to their medical supplies funds.
SUPPORT THE ARTS
As concerts and events are canceled, you can opt to keep your ticket rather than ask for a refund. You can also donate to such organizations; venues like the Kennedy Center and the GALA Hispanic Theatre have been forced to cancel shows and are looking for support to continue their operations.
DONATE TO SUPPORT
Native American communities are facing critical shortages for testing and supplies. Some non-profits are forced to work without their volunteer staff. Monetary donations to organizations like the D.C. Central Kitchen, Calvary Women's Services, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy help at-risk communities get access to vital resources.
SUPPORT SERVICE WORKERS
With restaurants limited to delivery and carry-out, consider offering generous tips to Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers, food delivery workers, and other hospitality workers. D.C. bar Hook Hall, One Fair Wage, and other organizations are providing free meals and emergency supply kits, along with other assistance to service workers. You can also give workers a virtual tip through Venmo. A list of local D.C. workers is provided here.