COVID-19: List of ways to donate to help Austin-area unemployed, health care workers, families, and more

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Walter Moreau, executive director at Foundation Communities in Austin, said he’s running mostly on adrenaline. As of Wednesday, 56 of the 140 client-families who recently escaped homelessness can’t pay their rent because of lost wages due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the nonprofit’s 21 food banks are serving double the number of families than before.

“This whole experience is surreal,” Moreau said. “We had similar experiences after Hurricane Katrina, but you could sense an end to it.”

Yet, even when Austinites are dealing with their own challenges facing the coronavirus and the shelter-in-place orders, they’re still concerned about their neighbors. So, here’s a list of nonprofits serving those hardest hit by the pandemic. Meanwhile, Congress is likely to pass legislation this week expanding taxpayers’ ability to deduct charitable donations.

Where to Give Right Now in Austin

All Together ATX (United Way for Greater Austin, Austin Community Foundation)

This fund addresses needs in communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

alltogetheratx.org

AISD Crisis Support Fund

Donations provide vouchers for curbside meal pickup to students who don’t qualify for government assistance.

austinedfund.org/crisis-support-fund

Artists Emergency Relief Fund

Contributions help artists who lose income from gigs cancelled due to COVID-19. Those facing food and housing insecurity get priority.

austincreativealliance.org/emergency

Austin EMS Relief Fund

This fund will give 100% of donations to medics exposed to COVID-19 or who are symptomatic, quarantined or cannot work because of it.

donorbox.org/austinemsrf

Central Texas Food Bank

Monetary donations turn into meals for hungry families, especially those that don’t qualify for federal assistance.

centraltexasfoodbank.org

Connections

As donations of food, clothing and other supplies can’t be accepted right now, monetary contributions will provide basic necessities to homeless, abused and at-risk youth in 17 counties, including Bastrop.

connectionsifs.org

Disaster Relief Fund (United Way of Hays & Caldwell Counties)

Funds will go to partner agencies helping people in Hays and Caldwell counties with rent and utility bills.

unitedwayhaysco.org/covid-19-response

Foundation Communities Emergency Assistance Fund

Emergency funds will help hundreds of families as well as veterans, seniors and individuals with disabilities pay for rent, utilities, household items, necessary transportation and more. 

foundcom.org

The Helping Center (Burnet County)

Each $10 donated provides food for a family for one week.

helpingcenter.org/#give

JUST COVID-19 Relief Fund

This fund will make emergency loans to low-income female entrepreneurs during the pandemic and recovery loans to restart business when it’s over.

Hellojust.com/united

Relief for Austin Fund

Contributions go to individual food-and-beverage workers in crisis.

southernsmoke.org/fund

Stand with Austin Fund (Austin Community Foundation, Entrepreneurs Foundation)

This fund will make grants to nonprofits serving individuals and small businesses most affected by the cancellation of SXSW.

austincf.org/stand-with-austin

Without financial contributions, nonprofits and the people they serve will face mounting challenges, especially as the unemployment rate climbs.

“We’re not evicting anybody who can’t pay their rent. But we depend on rental income for 80% of our budget. We just don’t know how deep and how long this crisis will be. Every single dollar we receive will be used,” said Moreau.

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