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Want to help? Here’s how you can support organizations and efforts helping people affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

By Pittsburgh news partners

The novel coronavirus is changing how we live and work in very disruptive ways. 

These organizations are helping to provide food, money and other assistance to those impacted by the shutdowns.

Here are some ways you can contribute: 

Food assistance:

Financial assistance:


Helping affected workers and businesses:

  • Make face masks with the help of Abram’s Nation. Organizations in need or anyone who is able to assist with production in the greater Pittsburgh region can contact
  • Tip directly to service workers whose livelihoods are hurting with this virtual tip jar. 
  • Support local artists through the Pittsburgh Artist Emergency Fund, which provides up to $250 to help with rent, bills, food and other essentials.  
  • Donate refunds you receive from canceled performances, at the request of the Pittsburgh Stage Employee Bailout, if you can.
  • Donate money to help hourly workers who won’t get paid during the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • The Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation Pandemic Grant Program has been established to provide area EMS agencies and their first responders with basic needs items in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations for the PEMF Pandemic Grant Program are being accepted through Greater Giving here.
  • If you have personal protective gear to donate to frontline workers — or if you’re a frontline worker who needs some — contact PPE Connect PGH.
  • Raise emergency funds for service industry workers with this fundraiser by TABLE Magazine and Community Kitchen.
  • Volunteer to help COVIDsitters as the organization provides child care, tutoring and pet-sitting for local health care workers.
  • To support the Mr. Small’s Employee Relief Fund, which will benefit their 40-person staff, you can make a donation via their GoFundMe campaign.
  • Support Pittsburgh makers with this new online store through PG&H.
  • To help visual and performing artists, the entertainment and events industry and small businesses, you can support Redfishbowl’s RafflePGH Program. The new virtual hub includes benefit raffles and auctions, promotional livestreams and features with venues, collectives and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19.


  • The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank is looking for help to continue regular distributions of diapers by requesting monetary donations. Another option is to order diapers online on Amazon to be delivered to 201 N. Braddock Ave., Suite 124, Pittsburgh PA 15208.
  • Beverly’s Birthdays is collecting much-needed items for parents including diapers,  formula and canned goods. Drop off anytime in an outside box at 9799 Laurel Ave, North Huntingdon, PA 15642 or send donation. 

  • Donate breast milk to the Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. Visit the site, call 412-281-4400 or email to learn about the donation process. 
  • Help the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. The organization is struggling to provide the care and structure its vulnerable students need during this time of school and business closings. Donations can be made here. Those in need of help can follow this link.
  • Support youth in foster care and their families by donating to the Foster Love Project Emergency Relief Fund.



Some additional websites with lists offering support and ways to help:

Pittsburgh COVID-19 Resilience Network

NEXTpittsburgh, PublicSource, The Incline, Pittsburgh City Paper and Kidsburgh  collaborated to build this resource. Email with suggested additions to this list.

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