Here’s how you can be a helper during the coronavirus pandemic

Local organizations participate in ‘Giving Tuesday’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Local organizations are looking for healthy people to help in a variety of capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are feeling well and have time to give, consider volunteering. Those who cannot volunteer in-person can also donate goods or monetary gifts.

Here are a few ways you can help:

Provide childcare assistance to healthcare workers or first responders

Volunteers must be 16 years old, able to complete a background check, complete a child care orientation and complete a COVID-19 safe schools training. Those interested can learn more here.

Support drive-thru COVID-19 screening 

Volunteers will not have direct contact with individuals at the site, but may have to talk to attendees while they are in the car. Learn more here.

Sort food at Second Harvest

Volunteers are needed to help repack food to distribute to people in need. Volunteers must be between the ages of 15 and 59. Learn more on how to sign up here.

Receive PPE donations at the fairgrounds

Volunteers will take in donated new and unused personal protective equipment, provide receipts for donations and disinfect items if needed. Sign up here.

Apply for small business disaster loans

Greater Spokane Inc. has put together a regional business impact survey for Spokane-area businesses, designed to informed elected officials about the issues people are dealing with. If your business is struggling, also considering applying for an SBA disaster loan.

Idaho small businesses can access federal disaster loans through the Department of Commerce.

Check out financial resources

The Economic Security Department has issued a number of emergency rules to ease financial burdens on people experiencing layoffs, isolation and quarantine work. The State Department of Financial Institutions has information on financial hardship programs, and the Department of Commerce has created a $5 million grant program for small businesses. If you have lost your employer-provided health insurance, Washington has set up a special enrollment period for insurance.

In Idaho, several nonprofits have created a COVID-19 Response Fund for organizations that serve low-income and vulnerable families.

Learn about other volunteer opportunities at www.volunteerspokane.org.

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