How you can help the community of the Palm Beaches during COVID-19

In a time of uncertainty like the one we’re currently experiencing, it’s easy to feel like you’re not doing enough to help keep the world in motion. The good news is that there are several ways for you to volunteer, donate, and make a difference in your own community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of these efforts, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.

Here are a couple of ways you can contribute to the South Florida community during this time. Be well!

1. Donate to #SavePalmBeachFood

Join local food blogger, Cristyle Egitt (@EatPalmBeach), in her quest to save restaurants across Palm Beach County. You can donate to her GoFundMe page and the money raised will be used to place catering orders at local restaurants and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The catered meals are being given to first responders, medical workers, families in need, and others in our community during this time.

2. Drop off face mask supplies

Volunteers of the Palm Beaches are working around the clock to make face masks for local healthcare providers in the South Florida area. If you have extra fabric, elastic, ribbon, or sewing skills — you can help! You can drop off needed supplies at Grandview Public Market (1401 Clare Avenue, West Palm Beach) from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Supplies can be dropped off at the Living Room entrance, or by the bar. If you’re interested in joining the army of volunteer face mask makers, visit this link to sign up to become a sewer, fabric cutter, or supply runner. For questions please email info@volunteersofthepalmbeaches.com.

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Please share❣️Volunteer sewers are hard at work making face masks for local health care providers who do not have enough! We’re seeking more supplies to keep them stocked and sewing. The requests for face masks for Palm Beach County locals in need continue to come in daily. All supplies can be dropped off at @grandviewpublic market 10am-7pm Mondays-Saturdays. The market is currently closed to the public, but is committed to serving as a drop off location for this effort, and we are very grateful. Supplies can be dropped off at the Living Room entrance, or by the bar. When our community comes together, we truly can make an impact! Help to protect the health care workers that are serving as the front line for us. 🙋‍♀️If you’re interested in joining our army of volunteer face mask makers, visit the link in our bio to sign up to become a sewer, fabric cutter, or supply runner. 📲😷

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3. Volunteer with Boca Helping Hands

Boca Helping Hands needs help providing meals and pantry bags to its clients in a drive-thru operation. Please only volunteer if you are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have been practicing social distancing, and taking the necessary precautions to avoid the virus as recommended by the CDC. The Boca Helping Hands cleaning crew sanitizes nightly, we provide gloves, masks and hand sanitizer, and are scheduling our volunteers to ensure social distancing can be practiced.

“We currently have volunteering opportunities Monday-Saturday from 08:30AM-12:30PM at our main facility in both the warehouse and kitchen and at our Boynton Beach location at the First Baptist Church at 301 N. Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33435 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 09:30AM-12pm distributing pantry bags at the drive-thru operation.”

Please email the Volunteer Program Manager, Denise Furr if you are interested in volunteering, which location, what days you are available, and when you can start! In the meantime, please visit their website and complete the online application and print off the liability waiver; you will need to bring that with you on your first day of volunteer service.

4. Give Big Dog Ranch Rescue a shout-out

Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the United States and it’s located right here in Palm Beach County! Thanks to an overwhelming response in the early days of the pandemic, the need for foster parents for BDRR’s animals has passed. You can still help!

Adoptions are still taking place by appointment only. You can share some of their adoptable dogs on social media, donate to the cause, or set up a fundraiser yourself! Any little bit helps keep the ranch running and their animals safe and healthy during this time.

5. Volunteer to sort food with Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida is the leading domestic hunger-relief organization serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, & Monroe Counties. Therefore, MANY people are depending on the organization for help during this time.

In addition to monetary donations, there are many ways to contribute to Feeding South Florida:

  • Feeding South Florida’s #PushUpFeedingSouthFloridastarted by Florida Representative Michael Gottlieb and South Florida firefighters, is to do 19 push-ups, donate $19, and tag 19 friends. Participants are encouraged to tag Feeding South Florida on social media. View challenges from Feeding South Florida President and CEO Paco Vélez here.
  • Donate to the Feeding South Florida COVID-19 Response Fund at feedingsouthflorida.org/donate-now/. Every $1 = 7 meals.
  • Volunteer to help pack family meal boxes at Feeding South Florida’s headquarters in Pembroke Park and Feeding Palm Beach County headquarters in Boynton Beach. Each location is holding sorting/packing volunteer opportunities Tuesdays–Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. To register for a volunteer shift, visit https://feedingsouthflorida.org/volunteer/ or call 954.518.1818 for the Pembroke Park headquarters, or 561.331.5441 for the Feeding Palm Beach County headquarters.

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SAFETY ALERT:⁣ ⁣ Feeding South Florida takes safety seriously and follows CDC protocols. The nature of our work does not allow us to work from home and requires us to interact with the community on a regular basis. We can only do our work by adhering to health requirements. ⁣ ⁣ We ask that everyone help keep our team and each other safe by staying six feet apart, wearing masks and gloves, and refrain from touching – even elbows or feet – as a way of greeting one another. It's a food service mandate to follow these protocols. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s all do our part to flatten the curve and limit the time we have to operate in this way. We will only support distribution sites who distance their volunteers and wear appropriate PPE, and we will only allow volunteers and groups in our facilities who follow the same.⁣ ⁣ We do not endorse, encourage, or authorize group shots at our distributions or warehouse of people who are not socially distancing and volunteering safely. ⁣ ⁣ Let’s continue to protect each other and ourselves as we combat #COVID19. Let's continue #FeedingSouthFlorida.

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6. Help Alliance for Kids make face shields

Alliance For Kids is a non-profit organization in Palm Beach Gardens whose direct purpose is to support Child Life services for hospitalized children and their families. Right now, they are making face shields for those working in medical facilities fighting COVID-19.

If you can help sew elastic, cut foam, and assemble shields email nicole@allianceforkids.com or DM them on Instagram to arrange a pick-up at their office in Palm Beach Gardens. If you want to donate financially, they’ve set up a GoFundMe. Every $3 donation covers the cost of one of these shields for healthcare workers in South Florida.

7. Volunteer or donate to Hospitality Helping Hands

Hospitality Helping Hands was founded by Rodney Mayo, owner of Subculture Group, after he realized that thousands of hospitality workers in Palm Beach County were being laid off due to restaurant closures during COVID-19. The non-profit serves hot meals to those who need it in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, and is continuing to expand to other areas.

H3 not only provides meals, but also groceries, diapers, and other necessities to those who have been impacted by the pandemic in Palm Beach County. You can volunteer to help deliver meals, or donate financially to keep the program serving as many people as possible. For more information, or to donate, please visit hospitalityhelpinghands.org.

8. Become a member of the Socially Distanced Supper Club

The Socially Distanced Supper Club concept was started by two Delray Beach locals, John Brewer and Iain Paterson. The idea is that certain menus are created throughout the week in an effort to “flash mob” local restaurants and help keep them afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea originated in Delray Beach but has now expanded to other cities in Palm Beach County like Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, etc.

You can join the Facebook group (or a chapter in your area) to see what restaurants are offering what special menus. All you have to do is place an order with that restaurant, and continue to support the local businesses in your area.

Thanks goes to The Socially Distanced Supper Club and to all those who are volunteering their time and efforts into seeing that our restaurants don’t go under. #delicious#Allthisfor$33#GanzoSushi

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9. Donate to the Grandview Public Market Community Relief Fund

Grandview Public Market and the Town of Palm Beach United Way are giving back to the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The two groups have teamed up to establish a non-profit fund to assist local hospitality workers who have been laid off during the crisis. The Community Relief Fund will distribute up to $1,000 in cash to eligible people in the form of short-term one-time grants.

To donate to the Community Relief Fund, please visit their website, communityrelief.fund.

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We’ve been blown away by the support and patronage of our West Palm Beach community. Closing our doors temporarily was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make as a small business and employer. Over the past month as the COVID-19 crisis developed, we have watched countless people in our industry get laid off, furloughed or just struggle in general. We’ve also gained some valuable perspective about what’s important in life.. As we asked ourselves what we could do to HELP and support our brothers and sisters in the restaurant community, it became clear that the real and immediate need is to put money into the hands of people who are struggling. We created the community relief fund with partnership from the United Way as fiscal agent as a way to help – not just the 80+ employees of our business and our amazing vendors but to help ALL of the workers of the surrounding businesses as well. There are thousands of workers who are out of work and struggling to pay bills. We are using this platform to help as many of them as possible and bring attention to the developing and evolving need for real relief as the fallout from COVID-19 continues to shift.. We are starting with a generous seed grant from a local donor and will work hard to keep raising as much money as we can to keep the funds flowing. We’d love for you to consider a donation ( anything helps! ) and to help us get the word out so that as many people as possible can help build awareness. Please join us by sharing this link ( in bio) with anyone you know who might be able to help and with anyone you know who might need some help.. Stay safe and let’s all get through this together.

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