Covid-19 Nonprofit Response

Please see below on how your fellow CVC nonprofit members are responding to COVID-19.  If you are looking for opportunities to give back, CVC nonprofit members have shared ways to engage below. Feel free to use this for your organization or share more broadly to support our members!

The Arc Minnesota Arc’s Value Village Thrift stores are a crucial funding source toThe Arc Minnesota.  While our stores are temporarily closed please consider donating directly to The Arc Minnesota to help fund our mission of promoting and protecting the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: https://arcminnesota.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate/.  When our stores re-open we ask that you consider shopping, donating and volunteering with Arc’s Value Village.  To better serve our audience during the coronavirus pandemic, The Arc Minnesota has created a COVID-19 resource page that contains information and links to organizations across the state that can provide critical aid to members of our community.

CEAP  We are a local health and wellness food shelf that serves Northwest Hennepin County with a fresh food market and Meals on Wheels. Since start of the COVID-19, our food market has gone curbside and is providing local families with a CEAP Essential box. This bountiful box contains 95 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, lean proteins, grains and shelf stable food, enough to feed a family of 4 for two weeks. Our Meals on Wheels program has pivoted and now deliveries 1700 frozen nutritious meals every two weeks to seniors who are at the highest health risk and are the most socially isolated; we have delivered 4900 meals on wheels since mid-March. To learn and engage more visit ceap.org

Feed My Starving Children FMSC made the decision to pause all volunteer meal packing through July 31. We are working to find alternative ways to pack meals as malnourished children around the world still need to be fed and COVID-19 has hit the international community hard. These alternative ways include machine packing as well as packing meals through the prison system. Volunteers cannot pack meals but you can help fund alternative ways to pack: https://www.fmsc.org/covid-19

Greater Twin Cities United Way Thanks to the generosity of donors, Greater Twin Cities United Way has raised more than $3.25 million for its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. Based on the most urgent needs identified by United Way’s 95 nonprofit community partners, this funding provides support in the areas of food, shelter, childcare, and hygiene items. Support is also directed to those impacted by layoffs in the hospitality industry, and to organizations led by and predominantly serving black, Indigenous and people of color.

HandsOn Twin Cities In an effort to best support our community of nonprofit partners, HandsOn Twin Cities has set up a centralized hub where volunteers can easily connect to the most immediate and emergency volunteer and in-kind needs.

Junior Achievement  We have made select programs and lessons available to the public for free so that our children can continue to learn from home. We have also quickly adapted so volunteers can support students in this new virtual environment. Support for youth in our community today will prepare and inspire them for a successful tomorrow. https://www.jaum.org/

Open Arms of Minnesota   Our clients are among those most vulnerable during the pandemic, as they are immunocompromised and have underlying conditions that make them highly susceptible to infection and severe symptoms of COVID-19. Over 80% of our clients are food insecure and our medically-tailored meal delivery service is their only access to affordable, fresh food, especially when leaving the home to grocery shop is no longer an option for them and their family members. In just the last month, we have increased the number of clients receiving free, weekly meal deliveries by over 11% and we continue to receive approximately 100 new urgent requests for service each week from healthcare referrers and community partners. To learn more about how Open Arms has mobilized to adapt our operations and increase meal production since the first COVID-19 diagnosis in Minnesota, please visit our website: https://www.openarmsmn.org/covid19/

People Serving People The safety and security of our guests, staff, and community is our priority. Nearly every aspect of our shelter’s programs, operations, and staffing have changed due to steps to reduce the extreme risks created by the COVID 19 pandemic. Many of our employees who can’t easily work remotely are on two-week rotations to create a reserve of workers to step in for staff that fall ill. Frontline staff still working onsite receive hazard pay. We have very little PPE on hand and it has become clear that there is almost no PPE is available on the market. We have implemented strict new cleaning regimes; every high touch area is sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant 3x a day.

Our food, supplies, cleaning materials, and personnel costs have increased dramatically: We have had to severely limit access to our building. Temporarily, we cannot utilize our 6,983 volunteers and 31 partner organizations to deliver programs and services, increasing work load and curtailing programs. In-kind donations from corporations have nearly stopped, which we previously relied on to offset costs. Formerly, meals were served cafeteria style, utilizing volunteers, now we are serving meals individually to the guest rooms, increasing prep and serving time. We have switched to disposable trays, plates, and plasticware, because spraying off dishes can break down contaminates and add them to the air. The shelter internet did not provide the speed or reliability needed for large numbers of children to utilize distance learning. We were forced to improve our internet infrastructure to meet this added demand.  www.peopleservingpeople.org

Propel Nonprofits We are providing no-cost technical assistance to nonprofits in the Upper Midwest as it relates to finance, strategy, and governance questions and concerns.  For more information and COVID-19 specific resources for nonprofits visit: https://www.propelnonprofits.org/covid-19-resources-for-nonprofits/

Salvation Army As unemployment continues to rise, so too has the need for groceries and meals at The Salvation Army locations. The most pressing need is in the Twin Cities where demand for groceries and hot meals has doubled or even tripled at many of our service centers. To find out more about what The Salvation Army is doing and how you can help respond to our growing needs, please visit our website here: https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/northern/covid19/