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COVID-19 RESPONSE

For up-to-date information related to the coronavirus, please visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html   

Visit ALTogether.org, the official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts in Alabama. It's here to help empower those impacted by the outbreak and those who want to offer support.

For general #COVID19 questions, call 1-800-270-7268 or email covid19info@adph.state.al.us. Telephone calls are answered from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for national COVID-19 updates.

View the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Coronavirus Rumor Control web page.

The State of Alabama and our local and community partners are working to ensure the health and well-being of our citizens and support COVID-19 response efforts. You can help! The spirit of volunteerism and community service are alive and well during this COVID-19 outbreak. Volunteers are needed to help several non-profit and faith-based organizations, particularly in the following areas: homelessness, meal delivery, children and senior citizens. There are various ways to help, both in-person and virtual opportunities. 

Listed below are non-profits, community-based, and faith-based organizations who are at the front lines serving Alabamians.  Please consider volunteering, donating supplies, and providing funds.  Check back daily for updates.

The State of Alabama does not endorse or recommend any particular volunteer opportunity or organization.

FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES

 

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources -  Alabama small businesses and private non-profits impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a low-interest disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Apply for a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan here. For more information an small business guidance and loan resources, please visit: SBA.gov.

 

Alabama Department of Commerce

 

Alabama Department of EducationBreak for a Plate ensures all Alabama children can continue to receive nutritious meals while schools across the state are temporarily closed. Break for a Plate offers two free meals each day to kids and teens up to 18 years of age. Get Break for a Plate information here.

 

Alabama Department of Human Resources

Apply for Food Assistance online here or call your DHR County office. This map has contact information for all DHR County offices. 

The State Office in Montgomery is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. County offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Child Welfare and Adult Protective Services works and supervisors are on call 24/7. 

Alabama Department of LaborTemporary Unemployment Assistance - If you are sick with COVID-19, caring for someone who is sick with COVID-19, or have been temporarily laid-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic otherwise, you may qualify for Unemployment Assistance. For more information, or to file an unemployment claim, visit: labor.alabama.gov.

 

Alabama Department of Mental HealthSubstance Abuse 24/7 Hotline:  1-844-307-1760

Alabama Department of Senior Services

 

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

NEED HELP?

 

2-1-1 Connects Alabama

2-1-1 is a free, easy to remember number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Are you facing difficult times and don’t know where to turn? Are you looking for help with everyday needs? Are you wanting to volunteer? By dialing 2-1-1, information is much easier to find. Please dial 2-1-1 or text or call 1-888-421-1266 from anywhere in Alabama, or visit http://www.211connectsalabama.org/

If you are an organization providing resources to address COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or call 1-888-421-1266.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has opened an Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline. The Hotline is operated 7 days a week from 9am - 9pm. To reach the Salvation Army's hotline, dial: 844-458-HOPE or 844-458-4673

VOLUNTEER & DONATION NEEDS

HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEERS

Alabama ReadyOp is seeking recently retired, part-time health professionals and medical students, related professionals and lay people to sign up. We are also seeking healthcare providers whose offices are closed due to COVID-19 and can offer assistance at this time.  GOVS will distribute alerts submitted by ADPH to volunteers based on the severity level through several communications channels. Volunteers can sign up to receive the alerts by visiting Alabama ReadyOp.

DONATE MASKS

The Alabama Department of Public Health is seeking donations of face masks to be given to home health care patients throughout the state. Contact: Dr. Choona Lang, Homecare Division Director-Bureau of Home and Community Services, ADPH, 334-206-5696 or email Choona.Lang@adph.state.al.us.

DONATE BLOOD

Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit the American Red Cross to learn more and where to donate: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

DONATE PLASMA

There is a nationwide shortage of plasma, which is used in unique medicines are non-interchangeable, and life-saving therapies that rely on the donations of plasma from healthy volunteers. Plasma donor centers have already gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of donors through a variety of innovative practices adapted to the current challenge of COVID-19 and consistent with social distancing and sanitizing recommendations. Find a local plasma donation center near you using the locator tool in this link: https://www.donatingplasma.org/donation/find-a-donor-center

DONATE PPE

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama and its partner county medical societies, in an effort to assist member physicians and other healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic, are hosting a statewide PPE donation day on April 13, 2020 at various locations around Alabama. The public and businesses from around the state are encouraged to donate any extra PPE they might have to help physicians on the front lines striving to help the sick and keep the virus from spreading. For full information, click here: https://alabamamedicine.org/coronavirus/physician-resources/

AGING NETWORK:  Due to suspension of group services and increased one-on-one in -home services provided by the Aging Network, more volunteers are needed. No experience is necessary to volunteer. To volunteer, contact  your Local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-AGELINE (1-800-243-5463).

FOOD BANKS: The need for food banks and food pantries during this national emergency is anticipated to grow with reduced and/or disappearing paychecks and children no longer getting their regular school meals because of the school closures. Many people who have never needed these services before will now find themselves needing food assistance for the first time.

  • Community Food Bank of Central Alabama: The safety of our staff, volunteers, and community remains our highest priority. We are taking extra precautions, including increased cleaning and sanitizing of our facility.  At this time, volunteer sessions in our warehouse are cancelled through the end of the month. Keep an eye out HERE for opportunities to help with Mobile Pantry distributions. Please email volunteer@feedingal.org for more information.  

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast: The three main volunteering needs at this time are: 1) food sorting, volunteers check donated products for expiration dates and ingredient labels then place the items in proper food categories. 2) Senior boxes, volunteers pack food boxes for monthly distribution to seniors. 3) Backpack, volunteers pack backpacks with food for kids to have over the weekend.  All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes. For more information, contact Missy at mbusby@feedingthegulfcoast.org or Andrea at aodom@feedingthegulfcoast.org or call (251) 653-1617.  Location: 5248 Mobile South Street, Theodore, AL 36582. ​

  • East Alabama Food Bank: Volunteer opportunities include repacking bulk foods in the warehouse, packing boxes for our programs, office tasks, sorting product, stocking shelves, etc.  To volunteer, sign up at: https://foodbankofeastalabama.com/donate/volunteer/.  Email food-bank@foodbankofeastalabama.com for more information.  Crisis Needs: Donations of food and funds are also needed. 

HOMELESS SHELTERS

  • Friendship Mission, Inc.: Offers emergency shelter for men, women, and women with dependent children in two separate physical locations in Montgomery and also a public soup kitchen (co-located at the men’s shelter) for those who do not live in the shelter but are in need of free meals. All volunteer-led activities are on hold until further notice. Soup Kitchen guests receive meals-to-go. Call 334 356 6412 or email: tdavis@friendshipmission.org for more information.                                       Crisis Needs: Financial Donations - Carry out containers for meals to go - Foil sheets - Sanitation/disinfecting supplies.

UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMAMeals on Wheels volunteers are needed immediately.

 

UNITED WAY OF SOUTHWEST ALABAMA - Volunteer Connect: Please email bmartin@uwswa.org or call 251-433-3624 with any questions about becoming a volunteer

 

SUPPORT NONPROFITS

Donate Supplies

Donated supplies will be distributed to organizations across the state who are addressing pressing needs throughout Alabama.

For larger donations, please contact info@servealabama.gov.

Donate Funds

Nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable communities – like seniors and low-income families – need your help. Consider donating to a fund that supports nonprofits and individuals in need in your community during this time of crisis. 

Center for Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund - Supports preparedness, containment, response and recovery activities for those affected and for the responders.

 

United Way of Baldwin County Community Crisis Fund

United Way of Cullman County COVID-19 Community Response Fund

United Way of Etowah County

United Way of Marshall County

United Way of East Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund 

United Way of Morgan County - Community Crisis Fund

United Way of Madison County - COVID-19 Assistance Fund

United Way of Central Alabama Community Crisis Fund

River Region United Way - Community COVID-19 Relief Fund  - The Central Alabama Community Foundation and River Region United Way are collaborating to address the most vital needs of people across the River Region and the Wiregrass. 

United Way of Northwest Alabama COVID-19 Emergency Fund - This is a Facebook fundraiser. Give directly on the website, www.uwnwal.org, text COVID19HELP to 44321, or you can mail a check to United Way of Northwest Alabama, Attention: COVID Emergency Fund to PO Box 1228, Florence, AL 35631.  

United Way of Southwest Alabama Relief Fund 

 

United Way of Selma and Dallas County - Contact: Jeff Cothran, jeffcothran@selmaunitedway.org, 334-874-8383

Walker Area Community Foundation - Disaster Relief Fund

LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Central Alabama - Montgomery area

RESOURCES

 

KEEPING VOLUNTEERS SAFE AND HEALTHY

Preparedness for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations: If you are feeling sick, or displaying any symptoms of illness, please stay home. We love our volunteers, but we need you to be healthy and operating at 100% to make that happen. Our first priority is to keep all volunteers and their families’ safe during this National Emergency. We understand that those who are not suffering from the virus or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help. Below are general guidelines to keep you safe so you can help others and so we all get through this crisis together.

ALVOAD Guidelines for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations During COVID-19 Outbreak in Alabama