COVID-19

COVID-19 Information Site

This is the official federal COVID-19 Information Site connecting Americans with more information about COVID-19 spread, prevention, and treatment in their communities. Find resources to keep yourself and others safe.   https://www.covid.gov/

  • Order now and receive free at-home COVID-19 tests delivered to your home. There are no shipping costs when ordering your free at-home tests through the official COVIDtests.gov website.  If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.​

Governor Kay Ivey launched ALTogether.org, the official guide to COVID-19 relief efforts in Alabama. It is an online resource that will serve as an up-to-date hub of information for the state’s response to the coronavirus crisis. ALTogether.org will help empower those impacted by the outbreak and those who want to offer support.

Alabama Department of Public

ADPH’s Coronavirus website - For general COVID-19 questions, call 1-800-270-7268 or email covid19info@adph.state.al.us. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Interpreters are available.

ADPH COVID-19 Vaccination Portal: alcovidvaccine.gov

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.

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

 

*This page will be updated periodically as new information is made available. 

 

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? Do you want 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.

Disaster Helpline

SAMHSA has a Disaster Distress Helpline - Call or Text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365.

 

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has opened an Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline. The Hotline is operated 7 days a week from 8am - 8pm. To reach the Salvation Army's hotline, dial: 844-458-HOPE or 844-458-4673

FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

 

FEMA

  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance is now available. 

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline - 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday | 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Apply for funeral assistance and ask questions through the dedicated phone line. Get answers to frequently asked questions.  Multilingual services will be available.

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

 

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 Education

 

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 Labor - For more information, or to file an unemployment claim, visit: labor.alabama.gov.

 

Alabama Department of Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse 24/7 Hotline:  1-844-307-1760

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: Call or Text 1-800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press “2”) to be connected to a trained counselor 24/7/365

Alabama Department of Senior Services

 

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities

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.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is actively recruiting and welcoming volunteers to assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the state. Persons who wish to volunteer are asked to email their contact information to thresa.dix@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. To learn more and where to donate, visit the American Red Cross at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or LifeSouth Community Blood Centers at https://www.lifesouth.org/.

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).

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

 

211 Connects Alabama

HANDS ON ATHENS

HANDS ON BIRMINGHAM

HANDS ON RIVER REGION

VOLUNTEER CENTER OF MORGAN COUNTY

VOLUNTEER CONNECT (SW ALABAMA)

Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AL VOAD)

FOOD BANKS:

The need for food banks and food pantries during the pandemic has grown because of reduced and/or disappearing paychecks and children no longer getting their regular school meals because of unexpected school schedule changes. 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. 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. 

HOMELESS SHELTERS:

Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless

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.   

     

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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.

 

COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONS

Black Belt Community Foundation

Central Alabama Community Foundation 

 

Community Foundation of East Alabama

Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

 

Community Foundation of South Alabama

Walker Area Community Foundation

UNITED WAY

United Ways of Alabama

River Region United Way

United Way of Baldwin County

United Way of Cullman County

United Way of Etowah County

United Way of Marshall County

United Way of East Central Alabama

United Way of Morgan County

United Way of Madison County

United Way of Central Alabama

United Way of Northwest Alabama

United Way of Southwest Alabama

 

United Way of Selma and Dallas County 

 

 

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 challenging time. We understand that those who are not suffering from the virus or who may have already recovered from the virus, may want to help.

 

Please follow recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, state and local public health agencies. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is providing updated information and guidance on its website, as well as Facebook and Twitter, as it becomes available. 

 

Below are general guidelines to keep you safe so you can help others and so we all can get through this crisis together:

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