Over the past few days, many of Fort Worth's faith-based community partners have reached out with offers of their organization's resources, skills and volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here are a few ways organizations can help make a difference:
Help local businesses.
- Buy gift cards online to use at a later date.
- Curbside pick-up and delivery options are available at many local restaurants, and even some small businesses. Visit Fort Worth's Curbside and Delivery Restaurant Map is a great tool that can help fulfill your craving for local flavors.
- Donate to local funds, like the United Way and Hear Fort Worth's Creative Industry Relief Fund. You can also donate directly to businesses, since many have set up crowdfunding pages on Yelp, Open Table, Resy, GoFundMe and other social media platforms.
- Shop local.
- Smile, say thanks, and tip generously if you can.
Also, businesses can help each other by buying local, hiring local, and using local suppliers. Buy products or supplies from local vendors, and hire local contractors when possible.
Help the homeless – safely.
Organizations with a heart for the homeless community can safely support shelters and street outreach teams online or by texting WESUPPORT to 41444. For health and safety reasons, do not give direct donations of food or other items to homeless residents at this time.
Help with other needs.
Should other specific needs arise, an internal resource database can be used. Share the types of current resources your organization can offer by completing this form.
View immediate volunteer needs on Voly. This site allows local organizations to post their volunteer opportunities, and volunteers can sign up to help meet those needs. Opportunities are ever changing, so check this site frequently.
Volunteers with medical experience
People with medical credentials who are interested in volunteering can submit an online volunteer form to the Tarrant County Medical Society.