How to help during COVID-19
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Eligible, healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients.
Appointment slots are filling up quickly; you may need to sign up for a blood drive 10-14 days in the future or expand your search criteria.
Accepting donations items needed for the emergency safe shelter:
- Cleaning sprays
- Clorox or other disinfecting wipes
- Paper Towels
- Liquid hand soap
- Dish soap
Drop off at 1000 E 80th Street (55420) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call first at 952-884-0376; press 7 for donation
You can also donate gift cards to retailers such as grocery stores, Walmart, Target, etc. $20 denominations are preferred.
Food distribution in Bloomington will continue with pre-bagged or pre-boxed groceries on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 5 - 8 p.m. at Cedar Valley Church (8600 Bloomington Avenue South). You can help by:
Donating shoes – every pair will enable Good in the Hood to feed at least one more person with up to seven days of groceries. Drop off at any Schuler Shoe store or ship to:
Good in the Hood
2101 Chicago Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
- Donating money for groceries. Visit goodinthehood.org and select the blue donate icon
- Donating nonfood items such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, plastic gloves, paper towels, diapers, etc. by bringing them to the warehouse at 8063 Ranchers Road, Fridley, MN 55432. Warehouse is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
- Becoming a flash (one-time events) or regular program volunteer
- Contact info: (612) 217-4003 (leave a voicemail) or email@example.com
Staff working in quarantine operations, including first responders, public health workers, and hospital/clinic staff, are running low on supplies.
Priority items needed include:
- Protective face wear – N95 or N100 respirators, PAPRs and surgical masks
- Nitrile gloves
- Tyvek Coveralls
- Tyvek Foot covers
- Eye protection (wrap arounds or chemical splash)
You can drop-off supplies at Southdale Library in Edina, 7001 York Avenue.
Loaves and Fishes will continue to provide meals for guests that are take-away only. The site at Creekside Community Center will remain open Monday through Friday.
Meals on Wheels is anticipating an increased need for on-call volunteers to continue meal service to our neighbors who depend on them. Healthy individuals can play a huge role in ensuring food delivery to people in need by signing up to be on-call if more volunteers are needed.
All donations to the Normandale Community College Foundation will be directed to student emergency funds through June 30. Donate to fund student emergency grants for food and other basic needs as they lose working hours, stay home with children, care for sick parents, possibly become ill themselves, and handle the complications of poverty.
Oasis for Youth empowers all youth at risk of homelessness to believe in bright futures filled with hope, stability and self-fulfillment. Services are currently movingto appointment only. Those who wish to support Oasis for Youth can donate online through their Amazon Wish List.
St. Bonaventure's food shelf remains open. Food will be brought to clients in their cars. Fresh produce is available from St. Vincent De Paul, but funds are running low for shelf-stable items like peanut butter, tuna, etc. and toilet paper (typically 4 rolls are provided to clients).
Donate shelf-stable food or household items to:
St. Vincent de Paul Society
901 East 90th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420
VEAP programs include access to healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services. You can help by:
- Donating money. VEAP can stretch every $1 donated through partnerships with local food banks, which will be important in the weeks and months to come. Every $100 donated can provide a week of meals for 30 people. A $1,000 donation is the average amount of a housing assistance grant that helps keep a family secure in their home through a financial crisis.
- Donating your extras. If your family stocked up on toilet paper, cleaning supplies, or shelf-stable products (like whole grain cereals, pasta, low-sodium soups) and you have more than you can use, please consider donating some to VEAP.
- Local businesses and organizations are also stepping up for their community and holding Food Drives with their employees and supporters. VEAP is actively accepting food at their warehouse and welcomes bulk donations of all kinds! Register your Food Drive.
- To make a donation of food or other items, simply drive around to the back of the Bloomington warehouse (9600 Aldrich Avenue S) and VEAP will get your donation into families’ hands!
- Getting others involved. If you have extra food items or can make a financial donation, it’s possible your families and friends do, too. Please share this page in your Facebook groups, Nextdoor neighborhood, virtual bulletin boards, or anywhere else that will help spread the word about how people can support each other. Start a crowd-sourced fundraiser for VEAP on Facebook.
- Volunteering. If you are healthy and have time to spare, volunteer at VEAP’s warehouse or as a van driver making food deliveries to seniors and those with limited mobility. Fill out a “fast track” application to sign up for a warehouse or distribution shift.