How can I help?
It’s a question going through the minds of many right now. As we practice social distancing to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe, many want to do more. If you are in the position to donate your time or money, here are three local organizations that are assisting people in Connecticut right now.
If you find yourself needing support in these times, reach out to these same organizations to learn how they can assist you:
The Gift Card Project
The Gift Card Project launched last week in response to the desire of so many people asking how they can help.
We have all been affected by the current situation in some way: small businesses are temporarily closed, individuals are facing layoffs, and healthcare professionals and essential workers are bravely working overtime.
The Gift Card Project aims to help in more than one way: supporting local businesses, while at the same time supporting someone who could use a boost. Simply buy a gift card from a small business, send it to The Gift Card Project, and it will be distributed accordingly.
Learn more about The Gift Card Project here.
Guilford Cares, Ethan Miller Song Foundation & Town of Guilford Senior Programs
Guilford Cares is teaming up with the Ethan Miller Song Foundation and Town of Guilford Parks and Recreation Senior Programs to provide assistance to Guilford residents.
To ensure that the elderly and immunocompromised are not going out in public more than absolutely necessary, you can volunteer to help deliver pre-ordered food from a local grocer.
Learn more about the program here.
Cilantro Specialty Foods & Coffee Roasters
Cilantro Specialty Foods & Coffee Roasters have not only turned their restaurant into a grocery store, but have also turned the kitchen into a place to prepare meals for the homeless.
Working with the Columbus House in New Haven, meals are being prepared at Cilantro Specialty Foods. With so many regulations changing, food pantries and shelters will need access to a commercial kitchen.
Learn more about what co-owner Cindy Wallace is doing here, or drop off your canned goods right in front of Cilantro’s.
Do you know of other local organizations that are accepting donations? Let us know in the comments.