COVID-19 North Carolina Volunteer and Support Resources

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Despite all the challenges the world is facing right now, it’s incredibly inspiring to see our communities pulling together to support one another. While we don’t know what’s ahead, we do know that continuing to join forces in collective action to spread love and compassion with our friends and neighbors will help the healing process. 

We’re here, and eager to help. There are so many great movements happening around North Carolina, and we’ll be the first to admit this list isn’t complete. If you’d like to add an organization, relief fund, or way for us to take action to the list above please reach out to happiness@southern-energy.com with a few details. 

  Health & Wellness  

Donate Blood

Blood donations have decreased dramatically. For those who are healthy and able, consider donating blood.

Kindness Calls with Seniors

Activate Good

Help combat isolation and loneliness in local retirement communities by volunteering for Kindness Calls with Seniors!

Hope4NC Helpline

The Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) connects North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis.

Hope4Healers Helpline

The Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002) is a new initiative in partnership with the North Carolina Psychological Foundation. It provides mental health and resilience support for health care workers, medical professionals, first responders, and their families.

Crisis Text Line

Meals on Wheels Durham

As we all face new obstacles, it’s important to remember and let others know that the Crisis Text Line is always available. This resource provides free, 24/7 crisis support by text. Just text HELLO to 741741 and they'll connect you with a trained Crisis Counselor.

  Fuel the Frontlines  

Gabi's Grounds

Behind the Gabi’s Grounds blend is a Big Dream. Gabi is working hard to open her own coffee shop where she will employ others like herself with disabilities. In the meantime, she’s supporting our community by bringing coffee and cupcakes to first responders. If you’re able, consider supporting two great missions at once. Every $1 gift will help Gabi donate one cup of coffee from Gabi’s Grounds.

Healthcare Hero Response Fund

The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with locally owned restaurants in communities across NC to provide meals to healthcare heroes on the frontlines. So far over 5,800 meals have been purchased. For those who are able, you can donate to the fund, or purchase a meal from a partnering restaurant to be delivered to a frontline worker. All are also invited to write a note of appreciation that will be sent to a healthcare worker with a meal!

Feed the Fight Chapel Hill

Feed the Fight Chapel Hill is another cause working with restaurants to feed frontline workers. You can donate a meal, sign up to help if you’re a restaurant owner, or sign up your hospital or medical facility to receive support.

Feed the Fight Durham

Feed the Fight Durham works to support struggling local restaurants to provide support and bolster morale for our local health care professionals. A $25 donation can help with 2 meals, over $48k has already been raised.

Triangle Area Nurses

Triangle Area Nurses is seeking local NC businesses to partner with to help boost nurse’s spirits during Nurses Week this May. Reach out to hello@triangleareanurses.com if you’re interested in offering a discount on products or services.

  Food & Hunger  

Food Finder Tool

If you are experiencing food insecurity, here is an online food finder tool to help find an agency near you.

Grab & Go Meals for Kids

Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina also has a list of resources for Grab & Go Meals for Kids while school is out.

#GardenToGive

Gardener's Supply

Pledge to join Gardener’s Supply #GardenToGive campaign to help people facing hunger in your community.

Virtual Food Drive & Physical Drop Offs

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, is another local organization you can start a virtual food drive with, or donate food at one of their drop-off locations around the Triangle.

Build a Blessings Box

Here’s a Blessings Box idea from Robert, one of our building science team members. Similar to Little Libraries, a Blessings Box can help provide a meal for someone in need and enable others to help those in their community. This one is set up and tended to by Robert’s community.

Virtual Food Drive

Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina

If you are financially able, consider donating to a local hunger relief program. Maddie, one of our solar team members, has set up a virtual food drive through the Food Bank of Eastern & Central North Carolina that all are welcome to support.

Virtual Visit & Referral Donation Program

Southern Energy Management is also partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern and Central NC, by donating $25 for each virtual solar site assessment and expanding our referral program to include a $250 donation to the food bank when your friends and family go solar with us.

Grocery Shopping for Seniors

Center for Volunteer Caregiving

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving still needs volunteers who are willing to do grocery shopping and medication pick-up and delivery for homebound seniors. To help, complete the volunteer form here.

Take Meals to Homebound Seniors

Meals on Wheels Durham

Meals on Wheels of Durham needs drivers to take meals to homebound seniors! Volunteer for a shift here.

Distribute Backpack Buddies

Interfaith Food Shuttle

PAVE Southeast Raleigh school needs volunteers to help distribute BackPack Buddies Bags to families on Thursdays and/or Fridays, 11:00am-1:00pm from week of 4/13 through at least 5/15. Email Matthew Bate at mbate@paveschools.org and provide your name, email, and phone number to coordinate.

NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

Donate to support NC restaurant workers who’ve lost their job due to COVID-19. Over 15,000 grant applications have already been submitted.

Support Local Farmers

Consider joining a CSA and prepaying farmers for produce to help support them during this time. PapaSpuds, Farm Fresh Carolinas, and The Produce Box are all produce delivery services that work with local NC Farms. Learn where to source fresh produce from local farms and if you are a farmer, there are resources for securing aid too.

  Soap & Hope  

Interact Family Safety & Empowerment Center

Interact Family Safety and Empowerment Center is in urgent need of cleaning supplies, hand soap, and sanitizer.

The Women's Center of Raleigh

The Women’s Center of Raleigh is also looking for various donations including hygiene and cleaning supplies. You can also support them by purchasing items from their Amazon wishlist.

Spring Cleaning Tips

Here are some Spring Cleaning tips during COVID-19. Friendly reminder that any items left on the curbside that can’t be picked up can create litter and become an unintended hazard.

  Wear Your Support  

NC Here for Good

Inkfinity Printing is the Durham based screen printing shop partnering with STZLIFE to bring you NC Here For Good. They are supporting the NC small business community by selling shirts designed by local businesses. Each small business will receive $12.50 from each sale of their shirt design. Let your favorite small business know how to participate or show them support and buy a shirt!

One Nation, Under Local

We’re all in this together, and right now is an especially important moment for those who can step up to consider helping others keep the lights on. Check out our local NC B Corp friend, TS Designs’ One Nation, Under Local shirt!

Recover Online Fundraising

Recover Brands is also offering online shirt fundraising for businesses! They are Charlotte based, use 100% recycled materials, and their apparel is made in the USA.

Here for Good NC

Here for Good NC is a similar opportunity to support local small businesses. Every shirt sold is $10 to the small business of your choice. Small businesses can sign up to be on the list, or you can nominate one!

  Give Gear  

Transitions LifeCare

Transitions LifeCare (the local hospice serving Wake and the surrounding counties) is accepting donations of homemade surgical gowns and masks. If you're interested in helping, you can contact Amy Hatcher at 919-828-0890.

UNC Health, Duke Health, & WakeMed

UNC Health, Duke Health, and WakeMed are all accepting donations of PPE, including handmade facemasks.

Covering the Triangle

Covering the Triangle is another organization that is working to provide free face masks for Triangle Area Residents. Get in touch if you are making masks or donate to help support their effort.

  Furry Friends  

Foster a Shelter Pet

Humane Society of Charlotte

Consider fostering a shelter animal to keep you company. Most shelters have an online application and have switched to a digital orientation for new foster families.

Donate through Amazon Wish List

Humane Society of Charlotte

Consider donating to your local shelter’s Pet Foodbank. Here’s the Humane Society of Charlotte’s Amazon Wishlist.

Pet Portraits

Activate Good

Draw or Paint Pet Portraits to help pets find a furever home!

  Environment  

Safety First

Wake County is advising residents not to pick up trash because of the potential for COVID-19 to live on surfaces for up to several days. But if you do decide to go Plogging -- a combination of Swedish words plocka (to pick up) and jogga (to jog) -- please remember to follow proper PPE and sanitation procedures.

Document Your Air Quality

Pledge to share your air (for science) by signing up to take regular air quality measurements with the EC2020 app.

Make Climate a Class

Community educators: pledge to make climate a class and sign up to get educational resources.

DIY Butterfly Feeder

Make this DIY upcycled pie tin butterfly feeder to support our pollinator community.

Virtual Earth Month Challenge

Join the Virtual Earth Day (Month) 24,901 Mile Challenge. Although this event is free to register for and participate in, a donation will be made to the National Park Foundation for every premium (paid) registration.

Earth Stewards

The Earth Stewards is a local group mobilizing young people to help make the Earth more beautiful. You can support them by purchasing a shirt or donating to the GoFundMe.

Donate on Amazon Charity Wish List

North Carolina Wildlife Federation

The North Carolina Wildlife Federation also has an Amazon charity wish list to show your virtual support.

  Arts community  

NC Artist Relief Fund

If you are an artist, this is a resource you can apply to receive funding from. Help keep our art community thriving, consider donating if you can.

Durham Arts Council

The Durham Arts Council is also accepting donations to help artists out during this time. If you are an artist there is an application form to apply for support at the link below as well.

  Students & Education  

Transcribe Historic Documents

State Archives of NC

If you need some reading material, you can help improve access to historic documents by transcribing lists, forms, diaries, letters, and other materials from the collections of the State Archives of North Carolina.

Free Resources, Tools, & Discounts

Here are Resources for Students (of all ages, college kids included) & Nonprofits including access to free learning and technology tools! Learn how you can get free Internet for Students from Spectrum from the link below.

Mountaineer Emergency Fund

We have a bunch of Appalachain State Grads at SEM. So many that they get their own team photo at our all team meetings. This relif fund helps students who are struggling with significant, sudden financial emergencies. If you are a student, you can fill out a request for funds here as well.

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