Watering restrictions are in place due to drought Learn more »
Sidebar Widgets
E-Subscribe

Get email updates on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019).

Contact Information

Contact Information

Title

How to help during COVID-19

Sections

These organizations have multiple ways to help those in need. Send suggestions of other organizations and their specific opportunities to website@bloomingtonmn.gov

Adopt a Neighbor checklist 

This checklist includes tips and key information to record in case you need support from a trusted neighbor, friend or family member during COVID-19. The key to being successful is to plan ahead, before you may become ill, in partnership with a neighbor or a friend.

American Red Cross - Minnesota Region

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. 

Bloomington Public Schools – Summer Meal Program

Many Bloomington Public Schools families rely on daily school meals for their children. While schools are closed, BPS is providing nutritious lunch and breakfast grab-and-go meals every weekday. This program will continue during the summer.

Bloomington Public Schools is in urgent need of volunteers to assist with the summer meal program and food package distribution. Interested volunteers can contact Volunteer Connection at 952-681-6292. 

Donate financially through the Bloomington Education Foundation. Bloomington Public Schools has a continued need for face masks for staff members working on essential functions including child care and meal distribution. If you are interested in making and/or donating masks, email commrelations@isd271.org to coordinate a time and location for drop-off.

Bloomington Education Foundation – Children's Food for Thought Program 

The Education Foundation of Bloomington has a long history of helping Bloomington families through the Children's Food for Thought program. While schools are closed, Bloomington Public Schools is providing nutritious lunch and breakfast grab-and-go meals every weekday. The Education Foundation of Bloomington is partnering with Bloomington Public Schools to take donations to help offset the cost of meal distribution during this critical time. 

Please help by making a donation to help keep students healthy and learning. 

Bridging

Bridging is open to accept donations and client services have resumed.

For information on financial contributions, visit bridging.org/donate. To donate furniture, housewares and home essentials, visit bridging.org/give-stuff.

Cornerstone

Accepting donations items needed for the emergency safe shelter:

  • Cleaning sprays
  • Clorox or other disinfecting wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Dish soap
  • Sponges

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.

Good In the Hood

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: 

    Attn. Jamie
    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 info@goodinthehood.org 

Help at Your Door

Help at Your Door helps seniors and individuals with disabilities continue living in their homes.

Donate

 Volunteer to help with shopping or delivery services available for those who cannot or are at high risk of leaving their homes during COVID-19.

Hennepin County

Staff working in quarantine operations, as first responders, in public health, and in clinics and hospitals are running low on supplies that keep them safe and help them continue their work protecting our community.

Donate priority items such as:

  • Protective face wear – N95 or N100 respirators, PAPRs and surgical masks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Tyvek Coveralls
  • Tyvek food covers
  • Eye protection (wrap arounds or chemical splash)

Open boxes or containers cannot be accepted.

Drop off site:
Client and Community Restoration
3000 North Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Loaves and Fishes

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 – Friday).

Meals on Wheels

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.

Normandale Community College

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.

Northstar Neighbor

Northstar Neighbor makes one-on-one connections between healthy volunteers with low COVID-19 risk factors with seniors or other high-risk individuals in the same community for remote companionship, conversation and help with delivery of groceries or prescriptions.  

To volunteer, sign up to be assigned a match and help by picking up groceries or prescriptions or simply being intentional about checking in to talk regularly.

Oasis for Youth

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.

Presbyterian Homes & Services

Residents in Presbyterian Homes Communities are unable to receive visits from families and friends during this time. 

Make a connection with an older adult. Seeking volunteers, both youth and adults, who are interested in becoming a pen pal via email or mail, sending small crafts or art work, providing phone call visits to get to know the residents, share stories, and more. The opportunity is flexible based on your schedule. Also calling on sewers to create masks and gowns when supplies have been depleted.

Email volunteering@preshomes.org or visit preshomes.org/get-to-know-us/volunteers.

St. Bonaventure Catholic Community

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

VEAP programs include access to healthy foods, social services, housing stability and supportive services. You can help by:

  • Donating moneyVEAP 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.
     
  • Create cloth face masks for VEAP volunteers. Donations will be accepted at Door A of the VEAP building (volunteer and staff entrance).
     
  • Donate sanitizing wipes. VEAP is experiencing a shortage of sanitizing wipes that are needed to consistently clean and protect areas of high traffic in the building.