As businesses, nonprofits and community members feel the weight of new coronavirus pandemic, efforts to help people in need have been created or have adjusted to continue helping in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
This is a list of some of the efforts underway. If you would like to submit an entry for this list, email [email protected].
- Children’s Health Response Fund: Children’s Health has created a fund for donations of money or protective equipment, like N95 masks, surgical masks, disposable gloves and eye protection. Donation drop-offs are by appointment only and will be available Thursdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the first floor parking garage of the Specialty Center 2 Plano, 7211 Preston Road, Plano, and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the first-floor parking garage of Children’s Health Specialty Center Dallas, 2350 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. Those who would like to donate money can do so here, and those who would like to schedule an equipment drop-off can reach out via email.
- North Texas Cares Coronavirus Relief Fund: North Texas Cares is a collaborative fund by North Texas foundations and United Way, which are offering support to organizations providing critical services to communities during the pandemic. This includes agencies who support individuals and families via food; health care; support for lost wages or housing costs; services for vulnerable populations, like seniors or those experiencing homelessness; and support for academic learning and distance learning for low-income, low-access students while schools are closed, according to a release March 25. Emergency funding requests are being accepted here and are being evaluated weekly on a rolling basis. Requests may be funded by individual foundations or as a collective depending on need. Funders interested in joining or those with questions can contact the nonprofit through this email. Key partners of the fund include The Catholic Foundation, Celanese Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, The Hoblitzelle Foundation, Lyda Hill Philanthropies, The Meadows Foundation, the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, North Texas Community Foundation, The Mike & Mary Terry Foundation, Toyota Motors North America, and the United Ways of Denton, Grayson, Tarrant, and West Ellis counties, and Metropolitan Dallas.
- Salvation Army of North Texas: The Salvation Army has taken on a regional approach to providing services in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis and Tarrant counties. The nonprofit has initiated drive-through grocery service at centers of operation, featuring alternatives for those without cars, and it is working on increasing food delivery to veterans and seniors. It has also move to all-day operation at shelters with screening and isolation and quarantine options available and has begun educational programming for school-age children. Financial assistance is also available for those needing help with rent or mortgage, utility payments and medical prescriptions. For more information or to donate, visit the North Texas Salvation Army webpage.
- COVID-19 North Texas Relief: This Facebook group’s members are helping senior citizens and the immunocompromised in Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Allen and surrounding areas get groceries and supplies needed without those in need having to leave their homes or interact with others. Individuals can seek help or volunteer to assist the group by visiting its Facebook page.
- Norma’s Cafe outreach program: Individuals and businesses can sponsor meals for neighbors or neighborhood organizations. Dallasites can send a meal to the organization or individuals of their choice or pick from one of the organizations with which Norma’s is already partnering, including Fire & Police Stations across DFW, City House, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Dallas 24 Hour Club, Our Calling, Parkland and Parkland Emergency, Plaza Medical Center, Baylor Hospital and Children’s Hospital Dallas. Those interested can email Lila at cater[email protected].
- Frisco Family Services: This organization offers food insecurity and homelessness prevention services and urgent needs help for Frisco and Frisco ISD. They accept monetary donations on their website to help those financially affected. Food and hygiene products can be donated to the food pantry at 9085 Dogwood St., Frisco. Frisco Resale at 9125 Dogwood St., Frisco, is accepting donations Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m.
- Frisco Fastpacs: This group makes weekend meal packs and delivers them to Frisco ISD’s campuses for students identified by FISD. Food donations can be dropped off at Simmons Bank at 11811 Custer Road, Frisco; KidStrong at 9090 First St., Frisco; Frisco Fastpacs Warehouse at 124 Rose Lane, Ste. 603, Frisco; and Grace Avenue UMC Frisco at 3521 Main St., Frisco. Urgent food needs include 15-ounce cans of vegetables, fruit, ravioli, Spaghetti O's, soup, chili, beans, canned tuna, canned chicken or canned sausages. Monetary donations can be made on their website.
- Lovepacs Frisco: Lovepacs creates nonperishable food packs for students on the free and reduced lunch program through Frisco ISD while schools are closed. Food donations can be dropped off or shipped to 5162 Running Brook Drive, Frisco; 5167 Navajo Drive, Frisco; 9322 Ironwood Drive, Frisco; and 15078 Daneway Drive, Frisco. Food needs include canned soup, meat, pasta, ramen noodles, boxed mac and cheese, oatmeal packs and granola bars. Monetary donations can be made on their website. Volunteer opportunities are available to sort food and pack bags.
- Refresh Frisco: This organization makes hygiene packs for Frisco ISD students. Hygiene item donations can be dropped off at Lone Star Ranch at 5831 Summer Star Lane, Frisco; Waterstone at 5932 Myrtle Lane, Frisco; Heritage Lakes at 3522 Lincoln Drive, Frisco; Starwood at 4932 Shoreline Drive, Frisco; Highlands of Russell Park at 3101 Vidalia Lane, Plano; and Turnbridge Manor at 15078 Daneway Drive, Frisco. Items must be full-size, new and unopened. Items can include lip balm, conditioner, ethnic shampoo and conditioner that is extra moisturizing, body wash, bar soap, combs, brushes, lotion, shaving cream, tampons and sunscreen. Monetary donations can be made on their website.
- GRACE Grapevine: This nonprofit organization is focusing on the needs of families and the elderly and providing Food Pantry Emergency Boxes. They are asking for online contributions to help mitigate the spread of germs, and they have an Amazon Smile account so Amazon can deliver items safely. Read more here.
- Community Storehouse: Food and basic necessities for low-income individuals are provided by Community Storehouse to those in Keller. Food and toiletry donations can be made at Community Storehouse Upscale Resale, 309 N. Main St., Keller, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Families seeking assistance during the coronavirus outbreak can receive emergency food assistance at the Community Storehouse food pantry, 12001 Katy Road, Fort Worth, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monetary donations can be made here.
- Christ’s Haven: Christ's Haven acts as an environment where children and teens that have suffered past trauma are afforded basic care in order to grow physically and emotionally. Every child is cared for in their own individual home, and inside each home is a set of house parents. Monetary donations can be made here. The organization also accepts general gift card donations, such as to Kroger and Walmart, and food pantry donations on Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon at 4200 Keller-Haslet Road, Fort Worth.
- Plano ISD Education Foundation: The foundation’s Classroom Resources for Education Store, in which donated classroom supplies are stored for teachers and students, had items available to package and deliver school supplies kits to Plano ISD families. The store is currently closed to the public but will be looking for contributions as additional needs are identified in the coming weeks. Those that are interested can find more information here or on the PISD Education Foundation’s Facebook page.
- Network of Community Ministries: This nonprofit serves residents within Richardson ISD. Network’s primary function is to provide food to low-income families and seniors. During the coronavirus outbreak, its focus is on providing emergency food boxes containing basic necessities. Since the spread of the virus has worsened, the nonprofit has seen an increase in expenses as well as a shortage of volunteers. Network’s most urgent need is for cash donations. Read more here.