Assist your local community by supporting non-profit organizations and their public wellness initiatives. Together we’re stronger and together we will overcome this.

How to Support and Protect YOUR Healthcare Workers NOW – Heywood Healthcare

Visit www.heywood.org for directions on how to make gowns or masks. Please deliver to Main Entrance of either Athol Hospital or Heywood Hospital.

Meals for Workers: Participating in the gift card program allows community members to contribute to food purchases for healthcare workers. Contact participating restaurants directly to donate.

Heywood or Athol Strong Apparel: Shirts, hats, sweatshirts are available at www.Heywood.org.  Show community spirit! All proceeds from the sale of our Strong apparel support our Caring For Colleagues fund. This is an internal fund to support employees in time of need.

For more information about how YOU can help, please contact Selena Johnson, selena.johnson@heywood.org.…and keep your well wishes coming! 

Protect Home Health Workers, Unsung Heroes in Community Care

In addition to our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, who are rightfully and deservingly being lauded as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s another set of less likely saviors facing the coronavirus frontlines every day. That’s our Homecare/Hospice nurses and therapists, along with Home Health Aides who are helping both those recovering from the Coronavirus and others with serious medical conditions. Read more about these unsung heroes here. 

PPE is necessary for staff to safely cafe for the vulnerable patients they serve. For anyone who would like to donate PPE equipment or additional homemade masks, please contact Care Central VNA & Hospice (formerly GVNA HealthCare/VNA of Southern Worcester County/Auburn Visiting Nurses) at 978.632.1230 or 508.943.0612.

#Chamberstrong – Support Your Chamber of Commerce

We wanted to make you aware of the MA Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) #Chamberstrong campaign (http://www.macce.org/chamberstrong). Chambers across MA and the US are facing significant challenges due to a shortage of funding and not being eligible for key COVID-19 relief programs. Please advocate for your Chamber by sharing this message on our behalf (feel free to copy the text).

Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg, Leominster & Gardner

The Boys & Girls Club are currently in need of and requesting donations to support tuition for their summer program (tuition is $50 per week, 6 weeks of programming are offered). Additionally funds are needed for the following supplies:

  • Arts & Crafts Supplies: crayons, colored pencils, paints, clay, scissors, yarn, knitting needles, popsicle sticks, glue, etc.
  • Sanitation Materials: hand soap, sanitizing wipes, paper towels, trash bags, etc. 
  • Other: cups, drawstring / cinch bags (to store materials), etc.

Please contact Executive Director, Donata Martin at dmartin@bgcfl.org to learn more about how you can help or donate now

CHNA9 Requests Support – Food and Supplies Needed

Nonprofits are in need of food, toiletries, and personal protective supplies to meet the rapidly increasing demand during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Needed are:

  • food, fiber, and soap products 
  • gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment
  • food packaging materials

If your business has any of these items which you are looking to sell or donate OR that you are already selling at your retail location and would like us to promote for you, please contact CHNA9 at chna9northcentral@gmail.com or 508-887-5647 or complete this form provided by Growing Places: https://forms.gle/6GC7Fv7uvkjjvF8s6. If you can offer your resources for cold storage, meal prep, distribution/delivery, etc., please let us know that as well. Together, our community will rise to this unprecedented challenge.

Gardner CAC & Chair City Church – Weekly Relief Drive

The drive-thru donation drive, a joint effort between the Gardner Community Action Committee and Chair City Church, will continue each Saturday until there is no more demand for goods and cash offerings. Residents are invited to donate items at the church at 112 Central St. each Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Collected donations will then be packaged and distributed through the CAC to the elderly, disabled individuals and families in need during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced a shutdown of numerous local services and businesses. Read the full article.

Help LUK Inc. Fight COVID-19

LUK is committed to its vision of helping to create communities that are safe. healthy, and resilient. As LUK remains open during this time of crisis, your contributions are more impactful than ever. Your support will allow us to continue to offer essential services like housing for homeless youth and counseling, while also helping to offset some of the additional expenses incurred while supporting our community during COVID-19.​ To donate to LUK, please visit luk.org and click “donate”.

MWCC COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund Uses

This fund is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate the varied needs of our students during this ever-evolving crisis. These needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Technology (laptop, Chromebook, internet access, etc.) for remote learning
  • Rent or living expenses due to job loss or reduced hours
  • Food insecurity
  • Medical Bills

Each student in our diverse population has a unique set of needs during this time of crisis. The MWCC COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund will have the ability to quickly address a variety of our students’ needs—from food and housing insecurity to medical bills and technology. Please help us, if you’re able, to help our students finish strong! Click here to donate.

Open Sky Community Services Urgent Requests – COVID-19 Campaign

Open Sky’s direct care staff are frontline workers in the efforts to safeguard the health of the people they serve – some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens –during the COVID-19 pandemic. To do their jobs safely, they need YOUR help. To meet the physical and emotional needs of the people they serve, they need YOUR help.

The financial impact of these needs is staggering, but these are expenses that have to be met. Expenses YOU can help meet. Please consider donating at openskycs.org
  • Emergency purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and cleaning supplies. 
  • Teleconferencing and telehealth technology needed to ensure that clinicians are there to provide support and counseling for individuals overwhelmed by the stress and anxiety brought on by the current crisis.
  • Food and Household Supply Kits for the hundreds of the isolated individuals with mental illness, homeless families and LGBTQIA+ youth served by Open Sky Community Services.

United Way of North Central Massachusetts Stand United Fund

United Way of North Central Massachusetts has established the Stand United Fund to help alleviate the drastic disruptions to family life in our area. The Stand United Fund will support those hardest hit by COVID-19 as they deal with basic food, childcare and housing needs. Please consider donating at uwncm.org.

 

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