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Donations needed in Las Vegas during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 1:52 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 02:35:56-04

Many organizations in the Las Vegas valley who help people are in need will be also helping those who are suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to help, here are some organizations accepting donations:

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s leadership has been working hard to ensure the safety of their youth and staff during this trying time. They are committed to providing life-saving resources to youth experiencing homelessness here in our community. They are in need of the following donations: Sealed non-perishable foods, Food gift cards, Hand sanitizers, Cleaning supplies, Hygiene supplies, Thermometers, Masks, Gloves, Prepaid Phone Cards. Items can be dropped off outside of the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Drop-In Center, 4981 Shirley Street, just south of UNLV off of Tropicana Ave.

Three Square Food Bank has collaborated with select agency partners and volunteers located in key regions throughout the valley who will be assisting with the distribution of food at 43 emergency food distribution sites.
The economic impact of COVID-19 is expected to increase the need for food assistance in Southern Nevada in the coming days and weeks. As a result, Three Square has created the Coronavirus Emergency Food Fund, which will allow the nonprofit to remain nimble in its daily response and quickly respond to those affected by quarantines, school closures and economic hardships. For more information about volunteer opportunities or donating to the Coronavirus Emergency Food Fund, visit threesquare.org or call 702 644-3663.

Grant a Gift Autism Foundation (GGAF) is a local non-profit committed to helping children, young adults and their families master autism by providing assessment and treatment funding; combined with support services, vocational training and transition planning. Because of the coronavirus, families with children on the autism spectrum are struggling. Many families have lost their jobs, childcare options and school-based services. While GGAF staff are not able to see all clients who depend on them in-person, they are determined and relentless in getting help to those in need and to ensure that no family, no child would be left alone during this crisis. GGAF is in immediate need of resources to accommodate this shift in resources and adapting programs. Those interested in donating to help provide urgent services to children in need, please visit their donation website.

HELP of Southern Nevada provides assistance to low-income families, homeless youth and other individuals, to help them reach self-sufficiency through direct services, trainings and referrals. The nonprofit is seeking aid from the community through monetary donations or Amazon Wish List donations. Requested items include hand sanitizer, face masks, gloves, and thermometers (non-oral) for the residents at Shannon West Homeless Youth Center. Monetary donations would fund the necessary PPE equipment to serve HELP’s clients in a safe manner, provide diapers and wipes for the influx of need at the diaper bank and offer support for the continuous needs of the youth at Shannon West Homeless Youth Center who are currently quarantined. HELP is not accepting any drop-off donations at this time. To donate, please visit the website at https://www.helpsonv.org/get_involved-donate.php, or visit HELP’s Amazon Smile page to donate directly to the Shannon West Homeless Youth Center at https://amzn.to/2QpGeio. For more information or questions regarding available services and appointments, contact info@helpsonv.org

Salvation Army
Although retail operations are suspended for now - including routine home pick-ups - dedicated staff remain onsite to accept in-kind donations of clothing and household items at many Salvation Army locations across the Western US. These goods help The Salvation Army continue their critical residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programming. To aid Salvation Army programs in this area, donation sites are also accepting essentials such as nonperishable foods, baby formula, diapers, wipes, and hygiene items that will be distributed to people seeking assistance at our shelters, transitional housing programs, and more. Donation hours are 7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at these locations: 675 W. Craig Road, North Las Vegas, 89032 360 N. Stephanie, Henderson, 89014 4196 S. Durango Drive, Las Vegas, 89147. Where possible, donations will be accepted on a drive-thru basis at Salvation Army stores and receipts will be available for donors. If a donor prefers, they can request a no-contact drop off by allowing our attendants to remove items from the trunk of their cars.

S.A.F.E. House, which helps victims of sexual and domestic violence, is no longer accepting non-critical donations at their outreach office. However, they are still accepting non-perishable food items, toilet paper, paper towel and cleaning supplies by appointment only. Call their office at 702-451-4203 to arrange dropoff. If you would like to make a monetary donation, go to their website.

Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates
J4NG a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring students reach high school graduation and secure employment or go on to higher education, is in need of computers. Of the nearly 3,600 students they serve, many don’t have access to computers in order to continue coursework during the school district shutdown. J4NG is seeking support from the community in the way of computer monitor donations as well as other necessary supplies. Donors can contact Ann at awozniak@j4ng.org if they are able to assist

United Way of Southern Nevadalaunched the UWSN Emergency Assistance and Community Needs Fund to assist those impacted by COVID-19. To donate, visit uwsn.org/donate or text "UWSNFUND" to 313131.
Also, UWSN is providing necessary information and resources to deploy nonprofit workforce and volunteers to support wraparound services while keeping employees and volunteers healthy and safe. For up-to-date COVID-19 resources and volunteer information, visituwsn.org/COVID19.

The American Red Cross is desperately in need of blood. More than 100 blood drives have been canceled across Southern Nevada, leading to more than 3,000 uncollected blood donations. Please visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ to find a safe donation location near you.

Freedom House Sober Living has approximately 30 individuals in inpatient treatment and is in need of food. The specific food needs are meat products (lunch and dinner), fresh or canned vegetables and fruits (side dish options). Representatives said any food items are also welcomed.

Project 150 provides curb side dry meal pickup to eligible high school students. They are asking for the following food contributions for the student’s sack-lunches: Full size cereal boxes, non-perishable milk cartons, pasta and pasta sauce, rice, easy-open cans of chili, beef ravioli or soup, Cup-O-Noodle, juice boxes, fruit cocktail, canned veggies, bread, peanut butter and jelly.

Please drop off donations Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at 3600 N. Rancho Drive in the donation bins located behind the building.

The Nevada Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fun for nonprofits responding to the pandemic with focus on senior citizens, vulnerable populations and first responders. One hundred percent of all donated funds will be directed to applying nonprofits, as Nevada Community Foundation will forego all administrative fees to manage and administer the fund. Online donations may be made by clicking here.

The Shade Tree, a 24-hour accessible shelter designed to help women and children, has launched "Love Us from a Distance" campaign, calling on the community to make monetary donations and donations of essential items. Monetary donations can be made online. In-person in-kind donations can be made at the shelter on 1 W. Owens Ave. The shelter requests that no more than 2 people drop off items at once time and drop-off times should be scheduled.

Essential items needed include:

· Bottled water
· Feminine hygiene products
· Diapers in all sizes, including Pull-Ups
· Baby wipes
· Canned and boxed foods
· Rubbing alcohol and peroxide
· Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and all other NSAIDS
· Towels and wash clothes
· Bed sheets (twin size)
· Disinfectant products, including wipes and hand sanitizer
· Paper products including toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissues
· N95 Masks
· Gift Cards: Visa, Target, Amazon and Walmart
· Batteries [AA, AAA, D, 9-Volt]
· Latex Gloves

If your organization is seeking donations during the coronavirus pandemic, send an email to webmaster@ktnv.com.