Helping Our Global Community During COVID-19

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16 Mar 2020

As we enter unchartered territory as organisations, communities and individuals, we have compiled a list of charities that are helping the most vulnerable communities across the globe who cannot afford hygiene products, food and other necessities during these difficult times of COVID-19.

We will endeavour to keep this list up to date on a daily basis. Please feel free to send us names of organisations to add to the list and please share this list.

Thank you!

From the Chambers D&I Team: Dee, Luke & Alex
diversity@chambers.com 

Asia Pacific

Give2Asia

Give 2 AsiaGive2Asia is partnering with local NGOs across Asia to support frontline health workers and institutions responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Give2Asia is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that connects corporations, foundations, and individual donors with trusted local charities in 23 countries across the Asia-Pacific.

Donors can now make tax-deductible gifts to support local COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery efforts in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, and Vietnam.
The coronavirus pandemic has now spread to more than 100 countries across the globe. Today, Give2Asia is calling on the international donor community to support the communities hardest-hit by COVID-19 across the Asia-Pacific.

 

Global

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO

WHOWe are all affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an unprecedented health challenge and we know people and organizations everywhere want to help. The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic.

The greatest need right now is to help ensure all countries are prepared, especially those with the weakest health systems. Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments. To donate CLICK HERE.

 

Europe

France/Brussels/UK

Refugee Community Kitchen

Refugee Community KitchenRCK est. in 2015 in response to the humanitarian crisis on our doorstep by providing hot nourishing meals to vulnerable & displaced people everyday in N.France, Brussels & the UK. Refugee Community kitchen is a restricted fund operating under the auspices of Prism the Gift Fund, Charity No: 1099682.

They pooled their skills and set up a communal kitchen to support people living in the Calais refugee camps and beyond.

Since the 1st of December 2015, Refugee Community Kitchen has served over two million meals. They also serve hot food five nights a week at multiple points in London. They are committed to showing up rain or shine, and doing everything we can to make sure that no one goes hungry. You can find out more here.

Ireland

ALONE

Alone

ALONE, the organisation that supports older people, has announced the launch of a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland.

ALONE is working in collaboration with the Department of Health and the HSE on a coordinated national response to support older people who have concerns, may be at risk or who have contracted COVID-19.

Professional staff will be available to answer queries regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line will be open Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024, and hours may be extended to meet the demand. For more information and to donate, click here.

Italy

Emergency Italia

In Milan: Emergency has been running a service delivering goods – food, medicine and other basic items – to people over 65, who have been ordered to quarantine themselves, and vulnerable people who cannot risk leaving their homes. The service runs from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday to Saturday. It can be reached by calling 020202 and is completely free of charge. For more information, click here.

Milano Aiuta

A resource centre funded by the Municipality of Milan to offer support and advice to older or vulnerable people affected by coronavirus. Click here.


Doctors Without Border Italia

Providing assistance in four hospitals operating in some of the most affected regions of Northern Italy. For more information, click here.

Italian Red Cross

The Italian Red Cross has instituted a toll-free number 800 – 06 55 10 to respond to citizens’ requests 24 hours a day, also providing psychological and medical support. They have also launched a programme called “CRI For You” through which volunteers can offer the delivery of groceries and medicines at home for the elderly, fragile people and those whose physical or mental health would otherwise deteriorate while in isolation.

Other announcements: Free legal helpdesk for Italian companies

On 16th March insurance company Generali Italia announced a partnership with 4cLegal to support Italian entities and companies to tackle issues related to the spread of coronavirus. This new venture aims to create a legal help desk to help companies deal with all problems related to the spread of the coronavirus and the interventions that are necessary for the containment of the epidemic.

France

En Premiere Ligne

En Premiere Ligne (On the Front Line) was launched on Sunday, 15th March to support workers on the front line of the fight against coronavirus. Registrants fill out a survey to either volunteer to help those on the front line or, if they work in front line professions, to receive assistance.

Those eligible for assistance include caregivers, pharmacists, members of the emergency services, home help for the disabled or the elderly, people ensuring the supply of medicines, food, energy, and many more professions. The assistance available ranges from babysitting and care giving to shopping.

Find out more here.

 

Spain

Lawyou

Spanish law firm Lawyou launched a set of tools to offer advice to those facing the challenge of the Coronavirus epidemic. They are encouraging individuals to get in touch with them to help them navigate the currently applicable legislation and future changes the situation might bring.

atencionalcliente@lawyoulegal.com  or call at (+34) 602 225 881

Cáritas Spain

Cáritas presents a series of proposals to alleviate the effects of the virus in the most vulnerable people. Find out more here.

 

HELP of Denia & Marina Alta

A registered charity operating in Spain since 1984 and covering the coastal area of the Marina Alta from Denia in the north to Calpe in the south and inland. They provide short term support and assistance to people in that area when there are medical or other health related needs.

They have also organised HELPLINES for elderly English-speaking expats in need of help during Spain’s coronavirus lockdown. Numbers can be found here.

Find out more here.

Whatsapp Group ‘Grupo de apoio Eirís’:

In Coruña (in the Galicia region of northwest Spain) organised groups to help elderly and other isolated and vulnerable people. Residents of different neighborhoods are offering to go to buy food or medicine that others need, to prevent people at higher risk from leaving their homes exposing themselves to contact.

https://t.co/40KtvfKfMN

Civil Protection in Alonsotegi, Balmaseda and Karrantza regions

The Civil Protection has opened the helpline number +34 657 799 774 to provide support to anyone affected by coronavirus in the following regions: Artzentales, Balmaseda, Galdames, Güeñes, Gordexola, Karrantza, Lanestosa, Sopuerta, Turtzioz and Zalla.

UK
Age UK

Age UKThe National Advice Line is the first point of contact for hundreds of thousands of people, from 8am – 7pm every day of the year – even bank holidays. But demand is going up. We already answer more than 250,000 calls a year and more people than ever are coming to us for support, which is why we need to ask for help.

If you are able to, just a small gift today could help us reach even more older people wherever the need is greatest. By donating today, you could help us answer more calls to our advice line, campaign harder for older people’s rights and fair treatment and provide regular friendship calls to people who are desperately lonely. Click here to donate.

Beauty Banks

Beauty Banks

Beauty Banks, the people-powered movement that supports people living in hygiene poverty in the UK has joined (virtual) hands with crowd-funding platform, GoFundMe to support those who can’t afford to take extra precautions to help keep them safe from what has been labelled ‘the worst public health crisis for a generation’, coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to donate.
#helpinghands

Sufra Food Bank & Kitchen

Sufra donationsSufra has launched the Coronavirus Emergency Appeal: Click here to donate.

Every £10 you give will provide an emergency food parcel to someone in desperate need, while £50 will feed and supply a family of four. This includes nappies, milk and nutritious food for babies – essential needs for a family with children.

But what they desperately need in this economic downturn is long-term support. Please consider setting up a monthly standing order through this page so that we can continue to address the most pressing needs of those who walk through our doors.

Alternatively, you can send food items through an online shop – find out how here.

North Paddington Food Bank

food bankAcross the UK, an increasing number of people are experiencing situations where they have little to no money to purchase food and essentials. Benefits issues, unexpected costs, redundancy and long term health problems and other issues have created difficult, sometimes protracted situations that mean people need to access support from charities.

Given these circumstances. The North Paddington Foodbank (NPFB) was started in 2014 by a group of local professionals and residents who had directly experienced or provided support to those experiencing hardship in North Westminster and saw the need for an organisation to provide short-term support. Using financial and food donations from across the community, the food bank aims to provide at least 3 days worth of food to a household. Click here for more information and to donate.

Local Community Aid Groups

Secret London have compiled an exhaustive list of community aid groups across the UK. Find out more here.

 

USA

San Francisco

BayLegal

Logo Bay Area Legal AidBayLegal’s mission is to provide meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language or disability.

For many in our communities, justice is not an abstract ideal. It is food, shelter, and protection. It is the difference between staying in poverty and getting out; between dependence and self-reliance. But without help, justice is often denied. In the Bay Area, more than 1.2 million people live in poverty. More than half of these families have a full-time worker in the home. The cost of living in the Bay Area and low-wage jobs also take their toll.

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. BayLegal’s clients are spread across our seven county service area, from San Francisco to Livermore, Gilroy to Napa. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities. Click here for more information.