Our community health is the foundation of our society. During this current global health pandemic, climbers are affected throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. While we take time away from climbing to stay home and help flatten the curve and prevent spreading the virus, there are many within our communities that are facing hardships: they may be seriously ill, lost their job, struggling to put food on the table. There are ways that we can come together to support those in need during this difficult time. Below is a list of opportunities – if you know of something, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “ways to help”.
Action: Volunteer your time!
Donate: Cash or Resources needed!
Get Help: Get support if you are in need.
Service Industry Support: Tip a local service industry worker (available for AL: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile; GA: Atlanta, Golden Isles, Savannah, Statesboro; TN: Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville)
Facebook Small Business Grants Program: FB is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits.
Thrive Region: Includes 16 counties surrounding Chattanooga: AL – Jackson & DeKalb; GA – Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray; TN – Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, Meigs, Mcmin, Bradly
- Family Food Sites: Schools and businesses with established food delivery or pick-up sites. Meals free to kids 18 and under.
- Internet Access WIFI Locator: For students and families who do not have access to the internet due to school and library systems closing.
Folding@Home Supercomputers ACTION: donate computer processing power to help researchers fight back against COVID-19
Hometown Action – a social justice group focused Alabama’s rural, small towns is creating a network of community care teams to make sure needs are being met and that no one feels isolated during the pandemic. To join a community care team, click the link.
Birmingham Mutual Aid – Here’s a list of those providing resources in the Birmingham area.
Bham Strong – A coalition of organizations and partners committed to doing work locally throughout the crisis.
Tarrant Elementary, 1269 Portland Street, Birmingham, AL: Community Food Bank needs volunteers to help get food out quickly and safely. No face-to-face contact or transfer of paper documents is required to ensure the safety of clients and volunteers.
Birmingham Virtual Tip Jar – tip service workers in the Birmingham area who are out of work at this time
Atlanta Beats Covid is creating Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for health care workers and sick. Donate to their efforts to get equipment to those who need it. They are also taking requests for rural facilities in need of PPE supplies – apply online.
ATL Survival free food delivery for Atlanta area community.
Stability Network ACTION: donate for food service workers in need of emergency assistance.
Chattanooga Food Bank needs cash and volunteers to provide meals to those in need.
Resources for business and workforce get help with your operation
United Way Resources for individuals, food, household, employees and employers
Hamilton County Library Resources: Includes COVID-19 information, Local Food Distribution, Homelessness Assistance, Financial & Household Assistance, Resources for Homebound Kids & Adults
Senior Citizen Phone Bank: Call senior citizens to ensure they have up-to-date information about the virus
Memphis Rox Gym is currently closed but offering free lunches to those in need.