ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — (UPDATED April 8, 2020) — Many people are practicing social distancing to avoid contracting or spreading coronavirus. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges people to limit gatherings to less than 50 people and to keep your distance from people by at least six feet, several organizations are still looking for helping hands to assist the area’s most vulnerable citizens through donations.

Volunteer for COVID-19 Response:

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The Georgia Department of Public Health is looking for medical professionals and other pre-credentialed individuals to help with the coronavirus response during this time through the Georgia Responds program. For volunteer information click here.

Helping Seniors:

According to their website, A.G. Rhodes is currently restricting families and visitors from coming to the facility, because of the risks of spreading COVID-19. They’re asking for help from the community to play a role in connecting with the elderly residents and providing activities for them. This includes mailing cards, donating funds and supplies for games and activities, delivering flowers and offering words of encouragement during this difficult time. For information on how to help, click here.

Food Distribution:

Families with limited access or ability to buy food depend on organizations like the Atlanta Community Food Bank to meet their needs. They’ve launched a campaign called “Support the Food Bank’s Response to COVID-19.” More details are on their Facebook page.

Open Hand Atlanta posted on social media they have an urgent need for volunteers to continue delivering 5,000 meals to needy Metro Atlanta people every day. They provided links to information on how to volunteer or donate.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta says they need financial assistance to prepare thousands of emergency meals for the elderly in our area. You’ll find a list of ways you can donate here.

Helping the Homeless:

As jobs require employees to work from home, there are those who have no place to go home to. Many homeless shelters are working around the clock to meet their needs and are requesting donations to continue doing so. Atlanta Mission is one of them, along with MUST Ministries and Nicholas House. Our House also provides shelter and programs for homeless families. Click on any of those links and others to help those organizations.

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Animal Shelters:

The Atlanta Humane Society is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 as a precaution. However, their social media posts indicate they have an ongoing need for donations to meet the needs of the animals there at the shelter. For how you can help, click here.

A PAWS Atlanta Facebook post indicates they have 140 animals in need of foster care and animals ready for adoption. For more information and for how to donate, click here.

Helping Restaurant and Bar Employees and Workers in Other Industries:

Closed restaurants and limited hours resulting from coronavirus measures means no work for many restaurant and beverage industry employees.

Some restaurants have managed to keep their doors open by offering take-out orders, curbside pickup and deliveries.

The Giving Kitchen shares how you can provide financial assistance to the workers who have lost their incomes during this crisis. For details, click here.

Relief Atlanta is an online tool to search for and find restaurants and other businesses to donate to during th4 epidemic.

Other Ways To Get Involved:

United Way – Click here to give to the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

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The Red Cross said it’s adapting to the challenges of coronavirus to prevent blood supply shortages and continue helping people effected by disasters. To help with these efforts, click here.