COVID19 has had an impact on all of us this last year and a half, including a long-lasting impact on our community and nation. Now more than ever, it’s important to spread hope, and one way to do that is by investing in those on the frontlines. Whether its Vine Maple Place helping single parents facing homelessness, MultiCare or Valley Medical – UW Medicine caring for those who are sick, or The Storehouse feeding those who might not be able to afford food or necessities, nonprofits in our community are working tirelessly to aid those in need. Below are five ways you can offer support to our local nonprofits during this time:
- Donate: COVID brought with it many layoffs and financial uncertainty, and sometimes a monetary donation can be difficult. Monetary donations are always needed, but so are supplies. Contact your local nonprofit to see what their most needed items are, even one can of soup or one blanket can make a huge impact.
- Volunteer: Many nonprofits are stretched thin – high risk volunteers have stepped down to stay home and stay safe, but the need for services has only grown since the start of the pandemic. If you are able, donating your time can help ease the stress of those volunteering. It’s a great way to give back and get involved. If you’re interested in volunteering you can visit our workforce development page.
- Matching Donations: Many companies offer matching donations. If you are considering making a monetary donation, and your company matches donations, you can double your impact! Even if you don’t work for a company that matches donations, there are other matching programs. Fred Meyer donates to local nonprofits based on how many points you earn shopping, and Amazon Smiles donates a percentage based on certain purchases.
- Fundraise: Many nonprofits have had to either cancel their fundraising events or try to plan something online. A Peer-to-Peer fundraising campaign or fundraising within your work or community are other good ways to raise funds. An easy way is to create fundraising page, or a Facebook fundraiser, for your local nonprofit.
- Social Media: Spreading awareness is another great way to support your local nonprofit even if you may not be able to donate money or time. Sharing a post or sharing more information about the nonprofit on your social media accounts can help spread awareness and further the nonprofit’s mission.
Nonprofits are on the frontlines, meeting the needs of our community during a global pandemic. Our community has many incredible nonprofits, and you can find out more about them by going to the Covington Chamber’s online business directory.
~ Cass Laney, The Storehouse and Covington Chamber Board Chair