How You Can Help

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The CDC tells us the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus in the first place. This can best be accomplished by washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with others, staying home if you’re sick, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. Help flatten the curve with these CDC recommended tips.

In the meantime, if you're looking for ways to help and support those in need during this difficult time, there are many local non-profit organizations that are looking for assistance in the way of volunteers and donations. Please visit the organizations below to find out how you can help our local community.

ARTS & SPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

Thousands of musicians, actors, dancers and athletes are facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of shows, concerts and games has resulted in dwindling paychecks, lost gigs and uncertainty. If you want to help, click the links below for information on how you can donate to a local arts or athletic fundraiser.

Virginia Arts Festival

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Virginia Stage Company

Virginia Opera

Norfolk Admirals

Todd Rosenlieb Dance

The Hurrah Players

VOLUNTEER & NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
Search for volunteer opportunities in Hampton Roads.

United Way
United Way has established the Coronavirus Recovery Fund with 100% of funds going to help support outbreak recovery efforts. During this time, they are also providing volunteer information and helpful resources including a list of student meal pickup sites and announcements from utility providers.

Salvation Army Hampton Roads VA Area Command
The Salvation Army is distributing more food and supplies to continue meeting the increasing needs of those impacted during this time.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Norfolk
The Ronald McDonald House in Norfolk is accepting donations from their Wish List.

Corona Aid 757
Volunteer to help run errands and make grocery drops for high-risk people in Hampton Roads.

First Book
As schools, libraries and programs remain closed due to COVID-19, First Book ships hundreds of thousands of books to emergency feeding sites, homeless shelters, and more.

FOOD DONATIONS

Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
The Food Bank is distributing food to vulnerable populations in our community most likely to suffer from food insecurity during the outbreak, including seniors, children, and low-income families.

Meals on Wheels
Providing nutrition, companionship, and essential resources to our seniors during this emerging pandemic.

Norfolk Food Pantries
A comprehensive list of pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

Feeding America
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Help get children the meals they need to endure this crisis.

Tidewater Food Not Bombs
Local relief for those experiencing difficulties during the pandemic.

BLOOD/PLASMA DONATION

During this uncertain time, individuals are encouraged to keep scheduled blood, platelet or AB Elite plasma donation appointments and to make new donation appointments for the weeks ahead to ensure a stable supply throughout this pandemic.

American Red Cross of Virginia
American Red Cross of Virginia is scheduling appointments for blood donation throughout this pandemic.

Octapharma
Octapharma Plasma, Inc. is a U.S.-based company that collects plasma used to create life-saving medicines for patients around the world, running more than 80 donation centers in the United States.

Grifols
Grifols is a global healthcare company that produces and markets life-saving, plasma-derived medicines, diagnostic systems and hospital pharmacy products that are used to treat patients in more than 100 countries worldwide.

America’s Blood Centers
America's Blood Centers is the national organization bringing together community-based, independent blood centers that provide close to 60 percent of the U.S., and a quarter of the Canadian, blood supply. These blood centers serve more than 150 million people and provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America.

MEDICAL SUPPORT

Direct Relief
Direct Relief coordinates with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S., China and globally to provide personal protective equipment and essential medical items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19).

VA Hospital
The Hampton VA Medical center honors America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

Resources for Veterans
If you're a veteran facing challenges that affect your life, there is assistance available. You're not alone. Get connected.

CDC Foundation
The CDC Foundation's Emergency Response Fund enables CDC to strengthen critical global health security needs and respond immediately to public health emergencies such as the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

GROCERY

Norfolk grocery stores have taken additional measures to support patrons by enacting ‘special hours’ for those at higher risk to ensure the safety and health of seniors as they get essentials.

ALDI
Hours for vulnerable customers: On Tuesdays and Thursdays, ALDI stores will open at 8:30am and reserve the first hour of business for vulnerable shoppers. This includes senior citizens, expectant mothers and those with underlying health concerns.

The Fresh Market
Hours for vulnerable customers: On weekdays the first shopping hour of 8:00am – 9:00am will be reserved for seniors and other individuals most at risk as identified by the CDC. We ask that our other guests who do not fall into a higher risk category respect this reserved hour.

Harris Teeter
Hours for vulnerable customers: Harris Teeter is now designating TWO hours every Monday and Thursday morning from 6:00am – 8:00am as senior shopping hours for shoppers aged 60 and over. Pharmacies will open at 7:00am.

Walmart
Hours for vulnerable customers: From March 24 to April 28, Walmart stores will host a senior shopping hour every Tuesday for customers age 60 and older who may be more vulnerable.

Target
Hours for vulnerable customers: On Tuesday and Wednesday the first shopping hour of 8:00am – 9:00am will be for vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

Costco
Hours for vulnerable customers: On Tuesday through Thursday the warehouse will be open from 8:00am – 9:00am for members ages 60 and older and for those with physical impairments only. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours. Effective Friday, April 3, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter the warehouse with each membership card. This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts.

PETS

Don’t forget about our furry friends during this difficult time. Norfolk shelters, pet supply stores and boarding centers have made a number of changes to help facilitate social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19.

NORFOLK SPCA

  • New adoption hours: 1:00pm – 4:30pm, Monday – Sunday
    • Kennel area limit – guests may be asked to stand outside shelter building
  • New vaccine hours: 9:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Monday – Saturday
    • Clinic clients must wait outside
    • No public restroom
  • Accepting owner surrenders: Priority to Norfolk residents as space allows
  • Donations:
    • Monetary donation
    • Pet food: wet and dry
    • Shelter operation support: hand sanitizer, paper towels, dish liquid, laundry soap

 
FRIENDS OF NORFOLK ANIMAL CARE CENTER

  • New operational hours – 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday-Sunday
  • Adoption pickups scheduled by appointment only
  • Fee waived for reclaiming pets
  • Owner surrenders suspended to prevent overcrowding
  • Continuing to accept stray drop offs
  • Temporary emergency housing if needed
  • All able animals are available to foster to prevent overcrowding
  • Virtual adoptions accepted by email
    • Necessary meet and greets scheduled by appointment only outside of shelter building


MUDDY PAWS

  • New hours – 9:00am – 6:00pm, Monday-Saturday, CLOSED Sunday
  • Daycare, grooming, boarding, retail still available
  • Curbside drop-off and pick-up of pets option available


HAPPY TAILS RESORT

  • New hours – 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday-Friday Saturday and Sunday pick-up/drop-off by appointment only
  • Daycare, grooming, boarding still available

 

RESTAURANTS

Many of our restaurant partners are now open under Governor Northam's Phase One guidelines, found here.

Phase One of re-opening grants dining establishments the ability to operate outdoors with restrictions and limited capacity. A list of restaurants open for outdoor dining can be found here.

Carry-out and delivery are also available from many of our local partners. A list of restaurants offering carry-out and delivery can be found here