After School At Home with ASAP
Did you hear that virtual school bell ring? Schools are closed, but ASAP remains committed to bringing Philadelphia kids and schools enrichment experiences to keep those brains moving, creative juices flowing and friendships growing (virtually of course!). That's why every day at 3:00PM, ASAP will be posting free after school activities that can be done at home on our social media platforms @phillyasap! All you have to do is Follow, Check-in and Share!
How to Participate:
1. Follow ASAP on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using @phillyasap handle and #afterschoolathome hashtag
2. Check-in everyday at 3:00PM for the day's activity on social media
3. Share your experience by tagging ASAP to join a virtual community of students after school!
Light the Way for Families with Cancer
As a non-profit organization, our mission at Bringing Hope Home (BHH) is to provide Unexpected Amazingness to local Families with cancer by providing financial and emotional support. Through our Light of Hope Family Program, we offer one-time support to pay essential household bills for Families with cancer. We want to ensure local families with cancer are able to stay in their homes, with phone and utilities working, and food on their table. Especially during these difficult times, we vow to continue to be there for them as they need us now, more than ever. We are on the front line providing direct specific essential support to families as they struggle through this unprecedented medical and economic crisis.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
As we navigate through this uncertain time together, we want you to understand that one thing is certain: We are here for our community. As you have seen in the news, information about COVID-19 changes rapidly. Our teams at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are closely monitoring the situation and adapting as needed to ensure the safety of our patients, family and staff. We are taking many precautions while contiuning to provide world-class care for children and families who need us and will continue to do so today, tomorrow and for years ahead.
C2C Emergency Essentials Fund
In response to urgent requests from our social service partners, Cradles to Crayons has established the C2C Emergency Essentials Fund to provide diapers and other critically-needed resources to children and families hit hardest by the financial strain brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. You can help us care for thousands of children across the Greater Philadelphia region by supporting this fund.
Little Smiles Continues to Send Smiles
In support of our partners, Little Smiles has been sending snacks, goodies and other requested items to local hospitals during this challenging time. Additionally, we have been assisting with pantry items to help our families in need. We continue to fill requests for our children as well! We have also been sending lunch and dinner to our nurses, social workers and healthcare professionals to thank them for their service. We will continue to support our partners and families as needed.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer Fund
In response to COVID-19 Living Beyond Breast Cancer has increasing our financial assistance grants for women in active treatment for breast cancer. The LBBC Fund pays rent, utilities, transportation, and groceries. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to support the growing need for women struggling to support their families while battling breast cancer.
Food Moxie Provides Nutrient Dense Produce to Vulnerable Philadelphians to Keep them Healthy
Food Moxie is working with its partners at an emergency shelter and schools to distribute nutrient dense produce to some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable families, while also supporting local farms by buying their produce at a time when restaurant and institutional sales are down. As of April 10th we have already distributed over $5000 in nutrient dense produce to families in emergency housing and families identified as high need by our school partners.
Fred's Footsteps COVID-19 Relief Fund
Parents who work in disproportionally impacted trades, such as retail, home healthcare, factory work, and food service, especially those without PTO or sick days are being especially impacted by COVID-19. For those with a seriously ill, injured, or disabled child, this crisis is devastating. The Fred's Footsteps COVID-19 fund has been established to help these families with their most immediate needs by providing short term assistance for groceries and household items.
Addressing a Heightened Need for Fresh, Healthy Food
Greener Partners is responding to the current health and economic crisis by collaborating with emergency food providers in Norristown, Chester, and West Philadelphia to fill the gap that exists for critically needed fresh fruits and vegetables. We are also empowering people who are experiencing food insecurity to grow their own food in community and home gardens by providing virtual education and support for supplies.
Break the Silence about Domestic Violence #BTSLemonChallenge
Since the start of the quarantine, Montgomery County has experienced a 9% increase in domestic violence. However, Laurel House continues to offer all of its supportive services to victims of domestic violence, just a little differently. Anyone needing immediate help for themselves or a friend should still call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-642-3150.
Laurel House was fortunate to receive early crisis donations that enabled us to offer emergency aid to our clients during this COVID-19 Crisis. However, our greatest need still remains – securing the general operating funds needed to support our dedicated staff members that offer those direct support services to victims. Please consider making a direct donation OR helping us to raise awareness through our Social Media Lemon Challenge.
Delivering Nourishment, Improving Health – Medically Tailored Meals to the City's Most Vulnerable
Each year, MANNA delivers over one million medically tailored meals to individuals and families impacted by serious illnesses across the Philadelphia region. During the COVID-19 crisis, demand for our services is higher than ever, and we're home-delivering nearly 35,000 meals each week with a drastically reduced volunteer workforce.
Northern COVID-19 Relief Fund
As Northern manages this unprecedented and frightening crisis, we continue to remind ourselves that thousands of children, youth and families across Philadelphia are relying on us and our survival as an organization. We are grateful for this and grateful for you. While we are making our very best efforts to ensure some continuity of services and operations as much as we can safely do, like you, Northern has been greatly affected by the pandemic. But we are working as best we can to continue to provide a safe haven to young families on our campus and support for our other families who receive other services but do not live on campus. Our families need your help during these critical days.
Protecting Sexually Abused Children During COVID-19
As the frontline responder to all reports of child sexual abuse in the city, the Philadelphia Children's Alliance continues its essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have created protocols to ensure child safety and well-being, and have upgraded video-based technology so that we can continue our outreach and engagement with as many kids and families as we can, including providing counseling services virtually and on the phone. We remain committed to our mission, and, working with our partners in law enforcement and child services, are doing all that we can to make sure we do our part towards keeping our community safe and healthy.
Grow Together with PHS
In the midst of COVID-19, PHS's community is coming together, and growing together – virtually or at a distance – to keep communities engaged and our neighborhoods, public landscapes, and community gardens healthy and beautiful. #GrowTogetherPHS is a series of daily posts on the PHS Blog and social media channels, that offers new gardening tips and techniques, stories and activities to do alone, or with others and children.
Nature Science Lessons
In support of teachers and parents during the Covid-19 crisis, Riverbend is offering weekly outdoor, nature-based learning lessons for children. Lessons are focused on a variety of including animal habits, decomposers, and watersheds. A new topic will be covered each week.
Rock to the Future's Free Online Music Classes and Live Streams
Rock to the Future is helping youth create, collaborate, and stay connected with online instruction on guitar, bass guitar, piano, and music production (like remixes, beat making, recording, and more!). We're also providing live stream "break breaks" each day at noon around self-care and mindfulness, hip hop, and other creative activities, plus virtual social time with other Philly youth. All classes, workshops, and live streams are free and open to all Philadelphia youth. Beginners are welcome!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region COVID-19 Family Relief Fund
While the world faces uncertainty, our families must continue caring for their seriously ill children, and we will be right there with them, making sure they have everything they need. Some of our services have been modified for safety reasons, but families will still have a comfortable rooms, meals, and the support of social workers through this difficult time. Every day is a challenge for these families, so please consider donating today and help us give them the comfort and hope they need.
Ryan's Case for Smiles Fabric Masks for Healthcare Partners
Ryan's Case for Smiles is engaging volunteers to sew face masks for our pediatric healthcare partners caring for children in the community. We have an ambitious goal of delivering 1,000 fabric face masks to BAYADA Home Healthcare for pediatric nurses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware by the end of April. We also plan to deliver an additional 4,000 masks through our volunteers in chapters across North America. In addition to their mask, the nurses will receive information about CopingSpace to share with their patients and their families. We know that our research informed information will help them better deal with their illness or injury. Please be sure to follow our progress on social media and let us know if you would like to lend your sewing skills to this endeavor!
Hands: You can't shake 'em; save lives with 'em.
We're hearing countless stories about the heroic efforts of our medical professionals. While they have endured years of training, there is one skill they possess that we can learn in minutes - chest compressions (or CPR). It keeps the blood pumping throughout the body when someone is in cardiac arrest. BYOB - bring your own ball (seriously, any ball) and join us online for a quick lesson in CPR. We'll provide the music. You'll also learn how to use an AED device (automated external defibrillator). Designed for kids. Parents welcome.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania: Commit to Fit
In lieu of training and competition activities being suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) developed a series of daily workout videos and live workout sessions to keep athletes and volunteers active and healthy until competition resumes. Daily videos are posted at 10:30 a.m. EST and include a number of different exercises and health/wellness tips. Live workouts are guest-hosted by various members of the community every Monday & Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. EST.
We need your support to continue to be effective frontline doers. We are forging ahead with mentoring our high school students, holding group mentoring sessions with high school students, advising our college students who are taking online classes at home, and working with students who are now unemployed. Your support of our work will help mentors serve students in at-risk environments. Your gift will help our young people feel heard, seen, connected, and supported in an era of uncertainty, anxiety, and isolation. Your generosity is needed to enable us to help our students during this time. Your continuing support is kindly asked during this time.
During this COVID crisis, children with developmental disabilities are regressing, demonstrating aggressive behaviors, and feeling isolated in a world difficult to comprehend. Parents are challenged to manage the special needs of their children without the educational support they've typically relied upon. During this shutdown, Variety has created - and continues to expand - virtual learning opportunities to assist parents and to remain connected to the vulnerable children we serve. We are also preparing to open our doors when the shutdown is over so those critical social connections can be immediately re-activated and we can offer much-needed respite for parents, many of whom must return to work.
Women Against Abuse's COVID-19 Relief Fund
As Philadelphians stay in their homes to slow the spread of COVID-19, many of them will be quarantined with an abusive partner. During these unprecedented times, our mission - to support people experiencing domestic violence - is even more urgent. These are a few ways Women Against Abuse is on the FRONT LINES during this pandemic:
o Counselors are providing 24-hour crisis intervention, safety planning and resources through the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-866-723-3014.
o Because they are critical refuges, our two 100-bed emergency safe havens and transitional housing program are still operating – and closely following CDC guidelines for social distancing and regular disinfection of shared spaces to keep residents and staff safe.
o Our attorneys and court advocates are providing remote support for people in need of protection orders while the courts are closed.
We need your support now more than ever to ensure people experiencing abuse can access these life-saving interventions!
Uplift Center for Grieving Children's #upliftathome
Uplift has been supporting Philadelphia's grieving children and families for 20 years, and they are continuing to provide their caring and therapeutic grief support services. In these times of social distancing, Uplift is offering virtual grief groups, post-crisis support, online trainings, and mental health support for essential workers and their families. Uplift staff is also offering resources, activities, and webinars designed to bring calm during this time of uncertainty on a special #upliftathome website and through their social media channels. Uplift will also be launching a hotline to provide support services for youth and families dealing with COVID-19 losses, such as school closure, social isolation, and increased anxiety. Contact us at our main number (267-437-3123) for more information or visit our #upliftathome page on our website!