In the wake of the global pandemic, the federal government passed a $2 trillion relief bill, the largest stimulus package in United States history.
A major component of this package is stimulus payments — which, for anyone who makes less than $75,000 a year, will come in the form of a $1,200 check or direct deposit. For every qualifying dependent under the age of 16, there is an additional $500. (More on that here.)
Though many people need this money to buy food and pay rent — a record 3.283 million Americans filed for unemployment in the week ending March 21 — not everyone needs this extra income to stay afloat. If you don’t need all of the money from your stimulus check and you want to donate it to those who are more in need right now, here are some charities that are helping with the coronavirus relief effort in major ways.
Prevent Child Abuse America
Now more than ever, it’s important to support organizations that prevent child abuse. “Children and youth who may be experiencing abuse and neglect are now home all day and isolated,” Minna Castillo Cohen, director of the Colorado Office of Children, Youth and Families, explained in a press release obtained by NBC News.
One organization that’s at the forefront of these efforts is Prevent Child Abuse America. With a presence in all 50 states, the nonprofit is able to spread awareness about things like sexual safety and child abuse prevention and step in when there is a case of abuse via their home visiting program, Healthy Families America.
You can donate to Prevent Child Abuse America here.
A Chance In Life
A Chance In Life works with at-risk youth in Italy, Ethiopia, India and Latin America, all of which have been affected by COVID-19. Right now, the organization is working to ensure that their children continue to get the schooling, food and other supplies they need, and every donation helps.
Partners In Health
If your goal is to help people without access to adequate health care, then Partners In Health is the charity for you.
“When our patients are ill and have no access to care, our team of health professionals, scholars and activists will do whatever it takes to make them well — just as we would do if a member of our own families or we ourselves were ill,” their mission statement reads. Essentially, they provide long-term medical care to people in developing countries who wouldn’t otherwise have access to doctors and hospitals.
Right now, Partners In Health is seeking donations so they can respond to the COVID-19 crisis as efficiently as possible. On their website, they outline their response plan, which involves screening more than 200,000 individuals, coordinating with local governments in developing countries and providing free care for anyone who needs it.
You can donate to Partners In Health here.
Nonprofits couldn’t do what needs to be done — especially during times of crisis — without the help of Good360. The organization supplies fellow nonprofits with the materials they need to function and assist others.
To date, Good360 has provided some 90,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $9 billion in goods. When you donate on the organization’s website, you can specify that you want your money to go toward COVID-19 support efforts.
Coalition for the Homeless
Though COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way, it disproportionately impacts the homeless community. Homeless individuals have higher rates of underlying and untreated health issues, have limited access to health care and are unable to quarantine themselves.
With all that said, the homeless population in America needs help right now. Thankfully, several organizations are working around the clock to provide food, shelter and health care for individuals in need.
The Coalition for the Homeless focuses on helping homeless individuals in New York City (of which there are currently more than 62,000). In the United States, New York has been hit hardest by COVID-19, and the Coalition for the Homeless is continuing to hand out food, provide housing and operate their emergency hotline.
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