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How can I help COVID-19 victims and workers?

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Take a look at our new Mutual Aid Groups to find active members who are already gathering in a community near you, or create your own!

Our team has also put together a list of resources you can use to start helping right away:

Google Health Information

This is a simple, straightforward overview of what we know so far about COVID19. From a self symptom checker to a state-specific resource search option, this is a great starting point for anyone that wants to be quickly looped in about actions they can take to help themselves, as well as their community. 

While at Home

Similar to Google, this new hub primes you with the basics. An added bonus is that you can select the option for customized updates that would most closely align with your experience during the pandemic. Are you a small business owner? Just looking for some ways to exercise? Consider subscribing to receive information most relevant!  


If you're looking for a virtual space to meet other creative people, find online events, or are simply curious how a random stranger sheltering from home might be doing, this site has a growing number of very useful (and just plain fascinating!) resources. 

Mount Sinai Hospital

One way medical researchers are trying to combat the virus is by collecting infection and transmission patterns by hosting web-based surveys. Click the above link to participate in the development of an app that will help healthcare providers better accommodate outbreaks. 

Columbia University

Another way to be involved - if you’ve recovered from the Coronavirus and would be interested in donating plasma, Columbia University is recruiting participants for their study to help develop treatments using antibodies. 

Mask Crusaders

This is a peer to peer networking group that’s allowing frontline workers to connect directly with donors. Help provide those in need with PPE! 

New York Cares

Formed in 1987, New York Cares has a base of over 52,000 volunteers. They even offer options for virtual volunteering. 

Feeding America

If you can’t volunteer, please consider donating. This incredible org distributes millions of pounds of food each year. 

National Alliance to End Homelessness

New York City has reached its highest level of homelessness since the Great Depression. The Alliance is providing essential guidelines for how we can provide aid.  

Thank you so much for your support during this time and thank you for being an amazing part of the Idealist community!