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Posted on: March 25, 2020

How Chesterfield County Residents Can Help Those Affected by COVID-19 Outbreak

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March 25, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Are you practicing social distancing but still interested in giving back to the people and organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Chesterfield County residents may now assist those in need with appointment-based blood donations to the American Red Cross, with monetary donations to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund or by giving to food-relief organizations like the Chesterfield Food Bank and Feed More.

American Red Cross Blood Donations

As addressed in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 11 a.m. update on March 18, the American Red Cross is faced with a severe shortage of blood due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this outbreak. The American Red Cross has urged citizens to schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets and AB Elite plasma.

Interested donors are asked not to arrive at American Red Cross locations without first confirming an appointment, as the appointment structure will ensure all social-distancing guidelines and orders are upheld.

To sign up for an appointment time at a donation location in your area, please visit the American Red Cross website

To learn more about the blood shortage, some restrictions on potential donors, safety protocols enacted by the American Red Cross and more, visit their webpage, What to Know About the Coronavirus and Blood Donation.

Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund Donations

In partnership with the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond has activated a regional disaster response fund to address the immediate needs of the people and organizations affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund will be administered as a public-private partnership between philanthropy, government and the nonprofit sector. According to the Community Foundation, the fund will initially assist:

  • Proven community-based organizations who support the physical and emotional health of our most vulnerable residents - including children and seniors; immigrants and those with limited English proficiency; the homeless.
  • Operating needs of safety net clinics; food access providers; child and adult care organizations; housing providers for the homeless; nonprofits who minimize disruptions for those who live in public housing communities
  • Secondarily, the fund will consider the hardships of our Central Virginia nonprofit organizations due to the lost income or revenue.

For more information about the fund and how to donate, please visit the Community Foundations’ Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund webpage.

Food-Relief Organizations

Chesterfield Food Bank is currently in need of monetary donations and volunteers to support the rising demand for assistance in the community:

  • Monetary: Chesterfield Food Bank’s biggest need is monetary donations, which allow them to order exactly what they need based on their inventory. For every $1 donated, the food bank is able to obtain $5 worth of food. To make a monetary donation, visit their donation page.
  • Volunteers: The Chesterfield Food Bank is currently restricting volunteers to adults aged 16 and older who are in very good health. Adults who have been recently sick, feel “off” or are considered immunocompromised should not volunteer with the organization at this time. To sign up, view the food bank’s volunteer webpage.

Feed More, a collector, preparer and distributor of food for those in need across Central Virginia, offers residents many opportunities to give back:

  • Monetary: For more information about monetary donations to Feed More, visit the organization’s Individual Giving webpage.
  • Food: Feed More offers several drop-off locations for food across Central Virginia, including their main campus at 1415 Rhoadmiller Street, Richmond, VA 23220. For more drop-off locations, visit their Giving Food webpage.
  • Volunteers: Feed More offers volunteers many different options to become involved with the organization. For a full list of positions and to fill out a volunteer application form, visit Feed More’s Volunteer Opportunities webpage.

Chesterfield County is proud to promote the efforts of the American Red Cross, Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, Chesterfield Food Bank and Feed More and urges residents, if they are able, to safely assist those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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