If you are interested in volunteering, there are many organizations in need of volunteers during the COVID-19 response. You can find a variety of volunteer opportunities by visiting the United Way website. If you are interested in volunteering at a testing location, please consider signing up here to be considered for an upcoming need.
If you have sewn fabric masks that you would like to donate to organization in need during the COVID-19 response, please visit Spokane County United Way's Washington Mask Challenge page for information about how to donate.
Donate monetary funds to food banks
Why donate money?
Food banks can purchase food at a reduced rate, so your dollar goes further—helping to feed more people. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest can provide five meals to neighbors in need. Donating money also reduces the number of people going to the grocery store to shop for donation—which is very important right now. To donate money to feed people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the Second Harvest website.
Consider giving blood
Throughout the U.S., blood donation centers are experiencing reduced donations due to the implementation of physical distancing measures and the cancellation of blood drives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood is necessary to provide lifesaving treatments to a variety of patients. By donating blood, you can help patients and medical professionals on the front lines. Considering scheduling an appointment to donate.
Is it safe?
Currently, CDC is encouraging people who are well to continue to donate blood if they are able, even if they are practicing physical distancing. Blood centers are following CDC recommendations to keep donors and staff safe. Examples of these recommendations include spacing donor chairs 6 feet apart, adhering to environmental cleaning practices, and encouraging donors to make donation appointments ahead of time.
Blood Donation Centers