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Coronavirus Community Support Guide

Coronavirus Community Support Guide

We’ve seen through the years what’s possible because of the Pelotonia community. What started as an idea, a ride, has turned into a global movement. The Pelotonia community has raised millions for innovative cancer research, inspired and uplifted many, and challenged others to pursue big goals.

Right now, in the midst of the current pandemic, we want to reach out to people in our community and beyond to support those most in need and those who have supported us along the way. Below is a list of local and national organizations we’ve collected from our community that are providing coronavirus aid and relief. This is an evolving list that will be updated frequently.

Columbus Based Organizations 

Besa – Volunteer or donate to help neighbors in crisis and help Besa share more resources during these ever-changing circumstances.

Children’s Hunger Alliance – Children’s Hunger Alliance remains committed to helping feed children who are losing access to meals as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Columbus Dream Center – In response to the COVID-19 crisis in our city and world, the Columbus Dream Center is ready to respond and offer HOPE during this time through meals, service, and donations to provide groceries. 

Columbus Early Learning Centers – They are in need of donations for families: diapers & pull-ups, wipes, formula, baby food, non-perishable food, Dreft, Clorox wipes, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues and cleaning supplies, and Kroger gift cards. Contact to donate.

Hope Hollow – If you would like to support the cancer patients Hope Hollow serves in this difficult time of uncertainty and need, you can make donations of money, grocery and/or restaurant gift cards or gasoline gift cards.

I Know I Can – I Know I Can is reaching out individually to 2,500+ college students who are impacted by the closure of their colleges/universities to ensure they have access to housing, food and transportation.

Lifecare Alliance – Lifecare Alliance’s highest priority is maintaining the most critical basic services for those who need daily food and care.

Make-A-Day Free Meals in Columbus during COVID-19 – Make-A-Day has joined Franklinton/Hilltop with Street Thyme Food Truck and Red Door BBQ to give FREE meals to those in need, including our homeless, kids out of school and low income families.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank – Mid-Ohio Foodbank works in the community to connect our hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for a lifetime.

Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio – For more than three decades, RMHC has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Our RMHC programs rely heavily on in-kind donations such as food items and cleaning products, as well as monetary donations.

The Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund – This fund assists nonprofit organizations that are responding to the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing financial challenges by doing so.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is opening a drop-off donation center to accept certain unopened (sealed) medical supplies.

The United Way of Central Ohio Community Response Fund – United Way of Central Ohio and a coalition of partners are working with local nonprofits to identify critical needs and gaps in resources.

The United Way of Central Ohio Homeless Shelter Collection – The local homeless shelter system is in critical need of masks, thermometers, and gloves. Items can be dropped off at 2561 E. Broad in Bexley, OH.

YMCA Columbus – Even with our branches temporarily closed, the YMCA’s mission-focused work continues and is growing by the day to meet our community’s needs; shelter, pandemic childcare, community collaboration, and community engagement.

National Organizations

American Red Cross – The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

#ChefsForAmerica – #ChefsForAmerica is mapping feeding efforts, delivering meals, and working with community kitchens across the country to offer affordable or free meals to families in need of support.

Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund – Your donation to this fund will support immediate and long-term relief and recovery in vulnerable communities during one of the most challenging times we have collectively faced.

Save the Children – Your donation will help Save the Children and No Kid Hungry make sure schools and community programs have the support they need to keep brains and bellies full.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy – Help CDP support preparedness, containment efforts, response and recovery activities for those affected by COVID-19 and for the responders.

Have an organization you want to see added to the list? Email with the name of the organization, a link, and a description of what they’re doing to provide aid. Thank you for all you’re doing to help those in need during this time!

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