COVID-19 Care for Community
5 ways individuals and community organizations can help with the vaccination effort.
- Encourage and Educate: Reassure Arlingtonians that getting vaccinated is an important way to help keep our community safe and get things “back to normal.” Let them know the vaccine is safe and effective.
- Help People Pre-Register: The first step in getting vaccinated is to pre-register. Offer to help people navigate the online pre-registration process or phone call. The online process is simple, but not everyone has access to the internet or is comfortable with the tools and technology.
- Reach out through your existing networks: neighbors, faith-based organizations, neighborhood newsletters, civic groups, book clubs, listserves, PTAs, Facebook Groups, NextDoor, etc.) to see if anyone needs help with pre-registration, setting their appointment, or transportation.
- You can help walk them through the online system or phone call.
- Help People Setup Their Appointment: The second step in getting vaccinated is to setup the vaccination appointment. Some people will also need help with this step, which can also be done online or over the phone.
- Help People Get to and from Their Vaccination Appointments: Getting to the vaccine sites is a barrier for many residents. Check in with your friends and family, or ask within your networks to see if anyone needs assistance. If you choose to drive someone, please be safe: wear masks in the car, seat the passenger in the rear passenger seat, and if possible open windows for better ventilation. (People with symptoms or recent exposure should reschedule their appointment.) You can also help arrange cabs or ride share options for people. Most appointments will have you back home in just over an hour.
- After-Vaccination Check-In: A phone call the day after an appointment is a great way to stay connected and let them know someone cares and is thinking of them.
You can find great information and tools on the Arlington Complete Vaccination Committee website.
And remember – stay safe while you are helping by wearing a mask, keeping distance, and washing hands and surfaces often.
Below is Arlington’s most up-to-date list of nonprofit needs. This list is updated as soon as nonprofits provide their daily report of needs, so check back regularly to see the latest items needed to support Arlington’s most vulnerable populations during this critical time. Because nonprofit staffs are limited and demand for services high, we encourage donors help by providing either monetary donations or the items listed. Thank you for caring for our community!
Volunteer Need: Start a Food Drive Learn more, and volunteer here.
Donation Need: AWLA's Support local pet parents in need. Purchase an Amazon Gift Card, and have it sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the ‘message’ section, please enter “AWLA Pet Pantry”. Or, Purchase a gift card from Dogma Bakery Pet Store (and support a local business at the same time)! Dogma has offered to let AWLA purchase food at cost from their store and will deliver items to pet owners in need. When purchasing a gift card, please use “AWLA” as the first and last name on the gift card. In the ‘promo code’ section, please enter “AWLA Pet Pantry”. AWLA Amazon Wish List
Donation Need: One year into the pandemic, AHC residents are still struggling financially. Cash contributions made directly to the AHC Emergency Response Fund allow AHC, Inc the most flexibility to help at-risk residents with living expenses, food and other critical necessities as they cope with job losses and other economic uncertainties.
Volunteer Need: Donating blood is safe and does not impact or weaken th eimmune system, so people should not hesitate to give or recive blood during this time. Blood donors - volunteer blood donors - are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.Visit the Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Donation Need: Monetary donations to APAH's Resident Emergency Fund will help residents access urgent food, medicine, personal hygiene products, and other emergency needs that have come from sudden, and often total, loss of income due to COVID-19.
Volunteer Need: Mental Health Counselors (remote). Learn more, and express interest here.Donation Need: Masks and 50 home blood pressure cufffs for home use. (This will allow patients with heart disease to monitor their blood pressure at home.) NEW Quick Reading Digital Thermometers, preferably with batteries (for patients to monitor their health status), disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer to give to patients. Drop Off Location:Please email email@example.com to arrange a drop off. AFL Amazon Wish LIst.
Donation Need: Monetary donations for same-day emergency financial assistance to County residents in financial crisis. Arlington Emergency Relief Fund.
Virtual Volunteer Need. Help Arlington students with their school work or reading with them online. Learn more and express interest here.
Donation Need: Monetary donations to the new Distance and Summer Learning Fund.
Donation Need: Snack/Protein Bars for clients. Cleaning supplies including (Lysol Spray, Lysol Wipes, Clorox Wipes, Pure Bright Bleach, Hand Sanitizer, Aloe, Rubbing Alcohol) Drop Off Location: A-SPAN, 2020A 14th Street North Arlington, VA 22201. Please phone (703) 228-7803 in advance and staff can meet you curb side or at loading dock to accept donation in a safe manner. Monetary Donations to A-SPAN.
Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation (BAJCDC)
Donation Need: Toilet paper, paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent and bleach Drop Off Location: 2229 Shirlington Road, Suite A, Arlington, VA 22206 at the following time frames: Monday - Thursdays: 10am - 4pm
Volunteer Need: 1. Creating Anti-Boredom Bundles. Learn more and volunteer here. 2. Food Drive Volunteers are needed. Learn more, and volunteer here. 3. Advocate for Bridges, and Voluntweet for Bridges! Learn more and volunteer here. 4. Ad Superstars Wanted! Learn more, and volunteer here.
Donation Needs: Learn more about the weekly needs, and volunteer here.
Volunteer Needs: Making Masks for staff and volunteers. Learn more, and volunteer here. Creating Care Packages for vulnerable populations. Learn more, and volunteer here. Become a “shopping angel” by dropping off a bag of NON-PERISHABLE groceries (cereal, canned tuna/chicken, canned veg/fruit, beans, pasta/sauce, shelf-stable milk/juice, etc.) at Christ House, 131 S. West Street, Alexandria. Drop off diapers, wipes, and car seats at St. Lucy Food Project Warehouse, 8426 Kao Circle, Manassas (rear bay doors, M-F 9a-3p) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Donation Need: Purchase gift cards locally or online (e.g. Walmart or Amazon) and send to Catholic Charities Family Services, 1101 Stafford Ave, Fredericksburg (St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception). Learn more about donation and volunteer details on the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington Webpage.
Donation Needs: Sets of Twin Size Bed Sheets, Face and Hand Towels, Pre-Packaged Snacks (nothing home made) PPE gowns, masks, paper towels, toilet paper & baby wipes, Thermometers,Paper towels & tissue,Sanitation wipes - Clorox wipes/Lysol wipes Personal care products (hygiene items), Feminine hygiene products Latex & food service gloves Soap - Liquid & bar Cleaning supplies Hand sanitizer Gift cards .CRi Amazon Wish LIst, Drop Off Location: Arlington/Falls Church Maintenance Office, 7297A Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042, M-F, 10am-2pm. Point of Contact: Janet Davison: email@example.com
Volunteer Need: Participate in the "Drive Thru Deeds" every Friday, 11am-1pm. Items needed: Gloves, masks, toilet paper, cleaning wipes, disinfectant and cleaning sprays, paper towels, hand sanitizer, adult Tylenol, thermometers. Donors can contact Joy Myers at JMyers@DoorwaysVA.org or (703) 504-9290 for donation drop-off instructions. Monetary donations to purchase items families desperately need. Doorways Donation Page
Donation Need: Monetary donations to Edu-Futuro's Emergency Assistance Fund. COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund For additional questions please contact Jorge Figueredo at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (703) 472-3838.
L'ARCHE Greater Washington DC
Donation Need: N95 or Surgical disposable Masks, in order to have enough PPE.Unused, art materials, paints, canvases, coloring books, word searches, simple jigsaw puzzles. Sanitizing wipes, Welcome letters/ cards. Please contact Sara Moore at sarahMoore@larche-gwdc.org in order to arrange donation drop-offs.
Meals on Wheels
Donation Need: Monetary donations to Meals on Wheels in Arlington County mailed to “Meals on Wheels of Arlington, VA”, PO Box 40203, Arlington, VA 22204-7203.
Volunteer Need: Craftivists versus COVID-19! Help sew, Organize, or Donate! Learn more here.
Volunteer Need: Making Bag Lunches. Learn more, and volunteer here.
Donation Need: Men and Women's New Underwear, Toothpaste/toothbrushes, Dental Floss, Combs, Men and Women’s Razors, New T-shirts/undershirts, pillows, cleaning supplies, prepared and unprepared food for shelters, hand sanitizer and hand soap, Gift cards (grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Amazon), new jigsaw puzzles and other games - Items can be found on the New Hope Housing Amazon Wish List. Drop Off Location Details: If community members can purchase and drop off, items can be dropped off at the following locations. There will be designated tables at the facilities where donors can drop off without entering the building. Residential Program Center: 1554 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204, 703-228-0022)
Northern Virginia Family Service
Donation Need: Diapers (especially larger sizes), cleaning supplies (Lysol Spray, wipes, all purpose cleaner, bleach, etc.), hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, grocery store gift cards, new children's underwear and socks) Donations can be purchased through their Amazon Wish List or mailed to NVFS Headquarters, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124. If in-person delivery is preferred, contact email@example.com and arrangements can be made to deliver to the NVFS Head Start Center in Arlington, 2920 S. Glebe Road, Arlington 22204
Donation Need: Monetary donations to OAR Direct Services Fund, which we use to help meet emergency needs (such as food, clothing, transportation and housing assistance) for men and women who are coming home to the community after incarceration. Checks to OAR can be sent to 1400 N. Uhle Street, Suite 704, Arlington, VA 22201.
Donation Need: Monetary donations to the Phoenix Bike Fund Phoenix Bikes Fund.
Volunteer Needs: CrisisLink Hotline volunteers are needed. Learn more and express interest here. PRS Advocates are needed. Learn more, and express interest here.PRS CareRing volunteers are needed to provide friendly calls to clients. Learn more and express interest here.
Donation Need: Please consider giving a $7 donation to READ's Give a Book, Nourish a Mind Campaign. Your $7 will allow READ to provide books to young children whose families visit food distribution sites or who are identified by teachers or READ’s community partners. READ's goal is to serve every child in PreK through 3rd grade in need. For additional questions please contact Jennifer Sauter-Price at 202-412-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Donation Need: Real Food for Kids seeks funding to extend our Chefs Feeding Families program in Arlington County, providing free meals to children and families affected school closures, job losses and food insecurity due to COVID-19. Chefs Feeding Families has served over 85,000 meals in the Greater Washington Region since March 17, with over 25,000 of those served to Arlington families at nine (9) volunteer-run sites. Real Food For Kids Support Fund
Retirement Housing Foundation
Volunteer Opportunity: AFAC Food Distribution Volunteers Needed on Thursdays. Learn more, and express interest here.
Volunteer Need#1: Packing Community Food Bags. Learn more, and express interest here.
Volunteer Need#2: Create care packages for seniors and vulnerable populations from the security of your own home. Items can be safely dropped off at 518 South Glebe Road on Mondays between 1:00pm-4:00pm. Learn more, and volunteer here.
Need: Hire workers for Short Term Jobs such as handyperson, yard work or moving - please call 703 933-1101. Create 30 bag lunches per day, please call 703 933-1101 for coordination. Monetary donations for meals or the “rent fund” at: www.seecjobs.org
Volunteer Opportunity: Create yard signs and personal notes for the healthcare heroes at VHC! Send an email to email@example.com and include your note and a photo of your signs, posters or neighborhood chalk walk. VHC will share your message with the VHC team.
Donation Need: Surgical Masks, N95 masks, bleach, bleach wipes and isolation gowns. Supplies should be addressed to Virginia Hospital Center, Attention Charles Fletcher, Donations, 1701 N. George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22205. More details on the VHC donations process can be found here: https://vhcupdates.com/community-support
Volunteer Arlington encourages the community to directly support these organizations that serve the needs of our community. Supporters can also give to the Arlington Community Foundation Prompt Response Fund, focused exclusively on support to nonprofit organizations who are on the front lines with clients, patients and residents impacted by the health crisis. This includes organizations focused on emergency food needs, health needs for the uninsured or underinsured, and support for hourly workers displaced from their wage-earning positions.
The Arlington Community Corps (ACC) http://arlingtoncommunitycorps.org/ is a resident initiative to bring the community together with neighbors helping neighbors through the COVID-19 crisis. Arlington County has encouraged each resident to have an emergency preparedness plan, which includes everyone having a buddy to help if you cannot leave your home due to quarantine, illness, or other reasons. ACC helps to ensure that everyone has a buddy. Learn more at: firstname.lastname@example.org.