Nonprofit Organizations in Need of Support
If you have been looking to make a donation to a local organization helping the community throughout the pandemic but aren’t sure where to start, we have compiled a list of some of the nonprofit organizations helping central Virginia. These organizations continue to provide assistance to those most impacted by this crisis and continue to adapt to best serve our communities.
United Way of Greater Charlottesville
Charlottesville’s United Way has developed a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, which helps support local nonprofit organizations continuing to provide needed services in our community throughout the pandemic. The fund works by providing emergency grants to organizations in order to most efficiently serve the community. The fund donates to some of the nonprofit organizations listed below, but each is also accepting donations individually.
Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge
The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has established a COVID-19 Relief Fund, meant to provide resources directly to nonprofit organizations assisting with the crisis and create relief for citizens most heavily impacted. The fund was boosted by a generous $100,000 donation, and use of funds is advised by a partnership with United Way, local officials, business leaders, and other nonprofit leadership to ensure the relief fund is used most effectively.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB)
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves central Virginia through a network of food banks located throughout our communities, covering 25 counties and 8 cities in Virginia. BRAFB provides nutritious meals to those in need. Since the onset of the pandemic, more families have become food insecure as they have lost wages and access to free and reduced lunches at school.
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry
Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry has continued to provide food to those in need throughout the pandemic. Three days a week, the pantry gives groceries to families in need, with over a third of those helped being under the age of 18.
Charlottesville Free Clinic
The Charlottesville Free Clinic provides free, quality healthcare, dental care, and prescriptions to uninsured and under-insured adults.
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation
The Martha Jefferson Caring Tradition Fund is helping to support the increased need of supplies at the hospital, along with providing a flexible fund to best adapt to the crisis in the future. As well as monetary donations, the hospital is also accepting personal protective equipment (PPE) donations, such as masks and gloves, to continue best protecting their healthcare workers.
The Haven provides Charlottesville’s homeless with shelter, food, laundry, computers, mail, and other necessary supplies to not only improve their daily lives but help them to get back on their feet. Through this crisis, the Haven has begun serving lunch Monday-Thursday as well as their usual daily breakfast in order to better provide for the city’s homeless population. Along with monetary donations, the Haven is accepting donations of hand sanitizer, cases of water bottles, to-go food containers, hot cups, and paper plates to continue their work.
Local Food Hub’s Fresh Farmacy
Local Food Hub connects citizens with food grown locally at small, non-commercial farms, creating a local farmer’s market encouraging everyone to eat healthier. Their Fresh Farmacy program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to members of the community with limited access to fresh produce twice a week, helping to improve the health of those in need.