How to help: 11 organizations and initiatives needing support in Houston as coronavirus affects the most vulnerable

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The Christian Community Service Center is seeing increased demand for its food pantry services amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy Christian Community Service Center)

The Christian Community Service Center is seeing increased demand for its food pantry services amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Courtesy Christian Community Service Center)

The coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges to nonprofits, especially those helping vulnerable populations and those with health concerns. Here are 11 organizations and fundraising initiatives that are providing aid and are needing community support. Looking for more ways to help? Visit Interfaith Ministries' Volunteer Houston portal.

Mattress Mack COVID-19 Houston Community Relief: Gallery Furniture owner, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale is accepting food and toiletry item donations as well as raising money for a COVID-19 Community Relief fund. Seniors and children can pick up free food and personal items from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the North Houston Gallery Furniture location at 6006 North Freeway, Houston. Volunteers can sign up to answer phones and deliver items.

6006 North Freeway, Houston; 7227 West Grand Parkway, South Richmond | 713-694-5570 |

Crowdsource Rescue: Originally created to help coordinate Hurricane Harvey assistance, the group is now assisting the Food Bank with no-contact food deliveries to Houston seniors. It is seeking volunteers as well as donations to its new "Fund and Feed" initiative to provide food from local restaurants to seniors and healthcare workers. |

Local Impact Food & Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Fund: Set up by the investment platform Nextseed in partnership with Impact Hub Houston, this fund will allow medical facilities to receive free catering orders from local restaurants to help support health care workers during the outbreak. Donations are being accepted via GoFundMe.

Legacy Community Health: As federally qualified health centers, Legacy Community Health clinics offer medical services for underserved communities throughout the Houston area. Legacy Community Health opened some of the first drive-thru coronavirus testing sites in the Houston area and need monetary donations to continue offering these and other services.

Legacy Community Health Montrose, 1415 California St., Houston; 832-548-5000;

The Way Home: The regional coordinating body for homeless services in the Houston area is accepting monetary donations for its continued outreach services for vulnerable communities. Monetary donations are preferred over in-kind donations.

[email protected];

Houston Area Women’s Center: Women experiencing domestic violence may still stay at the Houston Area Women’s Shelter, however staff are reserving rooms to quarantine staff and clients as necessary. If rooms fill up, the center plans to rent hotel rooms to accommodate sick staff and clients. As residents are asked to stay home and experience personal and financial hardship, the risk for domestic violence rises, the center’s website reported. Donations are accepted through the Houston Area Women’s Center’s website.

1010 Waugh Drive, Houston | 713-528-2121 |

Houston Food Bank: Monetary donations can be submitted online, with $50 providing as many as 150 meals. Volunteers are needed for sorting and packing meals and taking phone calls.

535 Portwall St., Houston | 713-223-3700 |

Christian Community Service Center: The organization is accepting Monetary donations as well as food for its local pantry service. The nonprofit helps cover rent, provides food, job placement and counseling services.

3501 W. Alabama St., Houston | 713-961-3993 |

Red Cross: The Red Cross is reporting a severe blood shortage. To donate, make an appointment online to ensure its facilities can avoid crowds. Also, anyone who may have been exposed to the virus by travel or otherwise should wait 28 days from exposure before donating.

2700 Southwest Freeway, Houston |

Ronald McDonald House Houston: Donations for meals and supplies listed on an Amazon wishlist, including cleaning and disinfecting supplies. Donations can be dropped off, but call in advance.

1907 Holcombe Blvd., Houston | 713-795-3500 |

Shelter for Cancer Families: This nonprofit houses families who have a family member undergoing cancer treatments and may have compromised immune systems. It is asking for monetary donations to ensure residents have supplies and continue to have access to safe, free housing during treatments.

4115 Drake St., Ste. 4, Houston |

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