Pittsburgh Cares is closely monitoring the coronavirus and following the information and recommendations being released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the City of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The health and safety of our staff, community partners, and corporate partners continues to be our priority, and with that in mind we have put together the resource below with some of our most frequently asked questions.

We are deferring judgement for all volunteer needs and projects to our nonprofit, school and corporate partners until further notice. We will be working to keep our online calendar as updated as possible, as the needs of our nonprofit partners may have changed in light of the current situation. 

We will share updates as things evolve, but in the meantime, thanks for doing your part to ensure the safety and well-being of the Greater Pittsburgh Community. 

Pittsburgh Cares’ Plan: 

The COVID-19 situation is unlike any we have seen. As we learn from our fellow Points of Light affiliates and as the situation evolves here in the Greater Pittsburgh region, we will be adapting. Pittsburgh Cares is currently executing the following plan: 

  • All staff is working from home. Should you need to reach them, please email them by using the contact information listed on the staff info page of our website. 

Nonprofit Partners & Community Volunteering

  • If you are a nonprofit organization in need of support (volunteers, donations, etc.) during this time, please use this form to notify us of your unique needs.

  • For our community calendar, we are deferring to our nonprofit partners’ judgment regarding their ability to stay open and support volunteers. If projects are on the calendar, they will be limited to groups of no more than 10. 

  • Please be aware that if you sign up for a project on our calendar, there is a chance it may no longer be active or has not been taken off the calendar yet. 

  • We encourage all nonprofits to ask their volunteers if they have any chance of having been exposed to COVID-19, and follow the recommendations of the CDC and public health officials.

  • We are reaching out to our nonprofit and school partners and working to promote and address their urgent needs through our calendar, social media outlets, and other initiatives. 

  • We are working with nonprofits that are seeing an increase in need to identify safe ways for volunteers to support the community and exploring opportunities for virtual support. Please stay tuned for more information as we work through these new situations.

  • Please see the bottom of this page for an updated listing of ways that you can get involved in your community during this crisis.

Corporate & Group Volunteering

  • We are working with each of our current partners individually to adjust project plans as needed, including postponing projects to later dates.

  • For new partners and groups looking to volunteer this year, please contact us soon so we can be sure to schedule your date later this year before our calendar fills as we expect to see many of our spring projects shift to dates into the summer/fall.

  • We are using this time to establish new partnerships and project plans – please reach out to Danielle Allison to set up a call at dallison@pittsburghcares.org

If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to us at info@pittsburghcares.org and check back here and on our social media outlets, as we will do our best to keep this page updated with any changes.


Ways to Get Involved

Thank you so much for your interest and willingness to get involved. We are blown away by the generosity and support of Pittsburghers during this challenging time. Stay tuned here and on our socials for updates as we learn more in this ever-changing situation. 

Donations 

Donate to Pittsburgh Cares 

     Some of our corporate groups have pulled out of funding programming for this year. This will affect our entire organization and the 300 nonprofits and 12,000 people we serve each year. If you would like to make a donation to offset the funding that will not be coming in from these partners, as well as fund our efforts to address our community needs during this crisis, please use this link to donate to support our work. We are so thankful for you. 

     Our community is facing an unprecedented crisis due to Covid-19. With this, our nonprofit partners are overrun with requests for essential supplies, food, and personal care items. 

Pittsburgh Cares has been collaborating with hundreds of organizations to help meet critical community needs, through the work of volunteers, and that mission hasn’t changed. In fact, the work of volunteers is more crucial now than ever.

Our team at Pittsburgh Cares has been in direct contact with our nonprofit partners to see how we, along with our incredible volunteers, can help provide relief to some of the most vulnerable, at-risk, and possibly even forgotten populations and nonprofits during this time. 

Pittsburgh Cares will be opening its doors as a collection site for essential items, including gift cards, which will be distributed to organizations who need them.

For an exhaustive list of items that have been identified as most needed by our nonprofits, please click here.

To drop off essential items: 

To drop off, visit the Pittsburgh Cares office at 3505 Butler Street, 15201. To be as safe as possible, you will be asked to put the items on a table outside of our offices, which will then be taken by a staff member and sanitized for distribution. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need! 

Drop-off Hours:

Tuesday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM 

Thursday: 11:00AM - 2:00PM 

 

Virtual Volunteering 

Volunteer from Home

     List of ideas and instructions on how you can serve others from the safety of your home. 

Share hope - printable posters for your windows

     Print these posters at home and say "thank you" to frontliners and/or encourage one another from your home by taping in your windows. 

 

 

Volunteering in Person

Sign up to be a "buddy" for a neighbor

Volunteer task: checking in with neighbors, possibly running errands. 

     The team at Pittsburgh Cares is hoping to help those who wish to be a “buddy “to someone and to help those seeking a “buddy”. In light of the COVID-19 situation, the CDC is recommending for older adults and individuals with serious medical conditions to “seek out a 'buddy' who will check on and help care for them if they get sick”. 

We’re aiming to find community members who can provide: 
- Check-in phone calls to fellow neighbors 
- The sharing of any news and information 
- Run errands such as picking up groceries, medications, etc. (when possible/ if needed) 

 

School Food Distribution Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help at 14 various food distribution stops for children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout Pittsburgh.  If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Jennifer at the Latino Community Center at  (jgeiser@latinocommunitycenter.org).  

 

Vitalant/ Blood Bank Donations

Due to school closings and COVID-19 precautions, many of Vitalant blood drives have been canceled, resulting in a loss of 2,500 blood products (and counting). To keep collecting the blood needed for local patients, they are extending hours at our 10 donation centers in the Pittsburgh region from March 18 to 27. Please see Vitalant's web page for the extended hours and to make your appointment.

 

Pittsburgh COVIDsitters 

Pittsburgh Covidsitter’s mission is to serve healthcare providers, patients and communities here in Pittsburgh during the coronavirus outbreak. Our goal is to identify the needs within our healthcare system and create teams of student volunteers to help address those needs. We want to start by helping those on the frontlines of COVID-19 who need help managing their household.

Volunteers are needed to serve the families of our community's healthcare providers.  To see if you qualify and apply, visit COVIDsitter's online form.  For additional information on the program, visit their full website.

Need Help?

We will be updating this list of resources as more are uncovered. If you have something to share, please email info@pittsburghcares.org.

Individuals Who Need Help: 

Sign up for a Buddy

The team at Pittsburgh Cares is hoping to help those who might need a “buddy" to help them run errands, share news, check in, etc. If you are in need of someone to help you during this time, please click the link above for more information. 

Pandemic of Love

This organization was created in response to COVID-19 in one community in Florida and is now nationwide!  Their goal is to connect individuals who are interested in providing financial help to those in need of additional financial help during this time.  If you are interested in providing help, click here, or if you are interested in receiving help, click here.

Resources created by community members: 

Family Resource List 

Google form including resources for food, made meals, financial assistance, and more. 

Food Resource Map

Locate food resources in your area. 

Pittsburgh Mutual Aid Resources Library 

Google form including resources for food, made meals, financial assistance, and more. 

 

Nonprofits Who Need Help:

Register your needs for volunteers or donations here.