Updated July 31
In the midst of a global health crisis, individuals and organizations in St. Louis and the surrounding area are uniting to support those severely impacted by the spread of COVID-19. During a time of uncertainty, these efforts to benefit the greater good are a ray of hope shining through the darkness.
Bookmark this page for updates on where to find help and where to offer your support.
The Gateway Resilience Fund: Individual owners and entities are coming together to build The Gateway Resilience Fund, an initiative that can offer short-term monetary relief to employees and owners within the service and retail industries. Currently, no new applications are being accepted. To donate, visit stlgives.org/covid19/gateway-resilience-fund.
Good for the Grove: Takashima Records and Stag Beer, with support from The Grove’s merchant group and Park Central Development, have created an ongoing fundraiser to support service industry workers affected by the public health crisis. Service workers of The Grove Community Improvement District are eligible and must show qualification through their employer. Business owners in The Grove can acquire free PPE (personal protective equipment) for their employees by contacting Matt Leach at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the initiative's GoFundMe page to learn more.
The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis: Partnering with the St. Louis Community Foundation, the RAC’s $100,000 Artist Relief Fund aids artists and creatives whose incomes have been directly impacted by the current crisis. Awards will be funded through the current grant cycle (as of July 2020). Learn more at racstl.org/covid19.
FOOD & GROCERY SERVICES:
Gooseberries: The South City eatery is giving away grocery staples each Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. until supplies run out. Visit facebook.com/gooseberrieseatsandtreats for updates.
Operation Food Search: OFS has begun a four-pronged effort to support children and families through food services. First, it’s launching the Summer Food Service Program immediately, which offers free grab-and-go nutritious meals for children who are “out” of school. Second, OFS supports St. Louis Public Schools with emergency food packs for its families. (Locations are listed at slps.org/meals.) Third, OFS guides school district superintendents on food policy as part of their response plans while providing emergency food packs to numerous districts and independent schools. Fourth, OFS continually updates a map where children and their families are able to access free meals at operationfoodsearch.org/covid-19-meal-map. OFS serves 200,000 people a month through partner agencies, and works with restaurants and farmers to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted.
St. Louis Area Foodbank: The bi-state region’s largest food provider creates 100 meals for every $25. To donate, visit stlfoodbank.org/covid19.
American Red Cross: Take part in this lifesaving service by visiting redcrossblood.org and searching locally under “Find a Blood Drive,” located at the top right corner of the website, or browsing additional information on how to become a potential donor. Those donating convalescent plasma – a type of blood donation collected from recovered COVID-19 patients, which contains antibodies that can aid current patients – will receive a special “thank you” gift from Aug. 1 through Sept. 3.
World Wide Technology: WWT has partnered with Chesterfield’s Kingdom Capital and Washington University in St. Louis to assist the U.S. government in developing a treatment for and preventive therapies against COVID-19 through the use of Kingdom Capital’s Percay AI technology. Learn more at wwt.com.
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation: The foundation has created two channels through which people can contribute vital aid. The Urgent Response Fund funnels financial resources to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. You may also view a list of personal protective equipment that the hospital is currently accepting as donations. Find both at glennon.org/urgent-response and follow #committedtowhatmatters on social media for insightful stories on the hospital and foundation’s efforts during the public health crisis.
COVID-19 Regional Response Fund: This initiative benefits nonprofits that aid the elderly, those in isolation or quarantine, and children who are no longer receiving free and reduced lunches. The fund is made possible by a coalition of more than 25 St. Louis area benefactors, which is currently evaluating area organizations that can impact the most good. To date, 15 nonprofits have been rewarded $370,000. Visit stlgives.org/covid19/regional-response-fund to donate or apply for aid.
The Gateway Resilience Fund: Businesses in the service and retail industries, including independent bars, restaurants and shops, that have been affected by area closures and other circumstances related to the pandemic are welcome to apply. To date (and in under two weeks), the fund has delivered almost $440,000 in financial relief to 525 individuals and 16 downtown businesses. Businesses may be granted up to $5,000. For details on eligibility and how to apply, visit stlgives.org/covid19/gateway-resilience-fund.
Here for Good: The fund has delivered more than $1.3 million in financial relief to hundreds of individuals and many area businesses. Currently, no applications are being accepted. To donate, visit stlgives.org/covid19/gateway-resilience-fund.
The Women’s Creative: The Women’s Creative has launched a support group for local businesses through Facebook. There or under the hashtag “#314together,” people can share ways to get involved and encouraging messages to small-business owners and their employees.
Animal Protective Association of Missouri: The APA is aiding pets and families who face eviction by launching an expansion of its Pet Partners outreach program, which aims to keep pets and families together through temporary fostering and resource support. To apply for aid or to donate to this initiative, visit apamo.org.
Assistance League of St. Louis: Assistance League delivered 1,500 new books for children, from pre-K to 8th grade. The books were distributed by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as the organization handed out free meals and cleaning supplies to thousands through drive-thru locations in the city and Metro East. Assistance League has donated toys (donated by Barnes & Noble at West County Mall), professional clothing for those entering the job market and 100 hygiene kits. Donate online at alstl.org.
The Humane Society of Missouri: Although shelters have closed doors due to the shelter-in-place ordinance, curbside animal adoptions are allowed for people interested in adding to their family during quarantine. Visit hsmo.org for more information on adoption opportunities in the St. Louis metro area.
The United Way of Greater St. Louis: The United Way of Greater St. Louis offers a handy guide of contact information for various resources, including basic needs support, mental health and legal aid, pet and animal rescue and more. Visit 211helps.org. You can sign up to volunteer at stlvolunteer.org.
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