Needs During COVID-19 Outbreak

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Below are NEEDS from our nonprofits as they continue to serve our communities during this time. Please continue to check back for updates for ways you can help remotely and/or via social distancing guidelines.  Thank you for your support of our vital nonprofit sector! If you are in need of SERVICES, click here to review how our nonprofits are continuing to help people in our communities. (For a list of COVID-19 RESOURCES, click here.)

Food Packing and Front Desk Help Needed – THRIVE Peninsula is in need of volunteers to help pack food for families or work the front desk because many of our regular volunteers are choosing to self-quarantine. We are looking for pantry help Mon – Thurs 11am – 5pm. Front desk help is needed Mon-Thurs 10am-5pm. Our biggest need is for subs. If you are willing to volunteer 2 or more hours a week during the summer, please contact Mary by email or 757-877-6211 Ext. 2.

Lunches for the Homeless- Serve the City Peninsula. June 13, 16, 23, & 27. We have partnered with LINK (the organization behind the PORT winter homeless shelter program) to keep kindness from being canceled by making lunches for the homeless. There are four dates in June for which you can choose to volunteer to help make 100 bag lunches for the homeless. To learn more, click here.

Make Cloth Face Masks – Access Partnership is receiving dozens of calls for face masks.  CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.  If you are interested in sewing masks for us to distribute, call the office at (757) 502-7400. They can provide instructions for various patterns.

Items for Patients Lackey Clinic provides medical care for low income and uninsured residents. They are in need of Oral thermometers, Pulse oximeters, Automatic arm blood pressure cuffs to give to their sickest patients, and masks. Their patients are at high risk of getting COVID so the blood pressure cuffs, thermometers and pulse oximeters would allow their doctors to do telemedicine visits with the patients and keep them safe at home and out of the emergency rooms.

Food DonationsTHRIVE Peninsula has expanded their food pantry hours to serve more families in need. They are in need of various items.

United Way Community Resource Center has placed donation boxes at Ace Hardware stores to help restock the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank.

Outdoor VolunteersLINK of Hampton Roads needs volunteers to do outdoor work at Vet home.

Food Donations (click on organization for contact information, specific items needed, and delivery options):  Grove Christian Outreach Center; Virginia Peninsula Foodbank; Williamsburg House of Mercy; Salvation Army; and Thrive Peninsula

Emergency FundUnited Way of the Virginia Peninsula has set up a Fund to assist with the evolving needs of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund has been set up to provide coordination of care for those affected by closures and unemployment. To learn more, click here.

Hospital Supplies Needed: 

Cold StorageWilliamsburg House of Mercy is in need of a holding place for the donations they can’t store overnight. They would need to be able to go in and out of it daily.

Items NeededVersAbility‘s Residential Services, including 10 homes across Hampton, Newport News, and York County are in need of many items in response to COVID-19 as we provide 24/7 care for adults with disabilities. We are in need of: (1) Masks, gloves, & nonsurgical gowns for staff; (2) Food donations (please contact VersAbility directly as many of our residents have dietary restrictions); (3) Cleaning supplies including disinfectant spray, clorox wipes, bleach, etc; (4.) Activities, arts & crafts supplies, puzzles, games, and alternative entertainment options for individuals not able to participate in activities outside of the homes; and (5) Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, adult wipes, paper towels and other toiletries.

Items Needed – Colonial Behavioral Health is in need of supplies in order to continue operating. If you have supplies you are willing to sell, please contact Robin Wyatt at (757) 897 3509. They are happy to pick up! Here is a list of what they need: Masks (need asap); Clorox/Lysol wipes (need asap); Gloves; Gowns; Hand Sanitizer.

Volunteers to Pack FoodTHRIVE Peninsula is in need for extra hands to help pack foods for families because many of our regular volunteers are choosing to self-quarantine due to medical concerns. If you are willing to volunteer 4-10 hours a week for a couple weeks or more, please contact Mary: 877-6211 x2 or We are looking for help Mon – Thurs 11am – 5pm. If you are interested but only available evenings, please reach out to her and let her know as we may consider extending hours to help meet the needs of our community.

Toilet Paper – for seniors and others in need. Multiple agencies. Please email us if you have items to donate.

Blood Donations – The American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. According to the Red Cross, “Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets.” To review local blood drives and make your appt, click here.

Cleaning SuppliesTransitions Family Violence Services – for shelter and families. Call 757-728-2638 to arrange for drop off or delivery.

FreezersWilliamsburg House of Mercy – in need as they serve close to 20 times more people than normal. If you can donate a freezer, please call Becki at 757-229-3700, ext. 2208.

Food Donations (click on organization for specific items needed and delivery options):  Grove Christian Outreach Center; Virginia Peninsula Foodbank; Williamsburg House of Mercy; Salvation Army; Thrive Peninsula. United Way has also coordinated various drop off locations to assist local nonprofits. click here to view.

ADVOCACY! A great way to help local nonprofits during this time, while also helping to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable are being met, as well as the needs of the nonprofits serving them.