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Ways to Help Those Affected by Coronavirus

The best form of activism and volunteering right now is wearing a mask and social distancing! 

The Center for Public Purpose has compiled a variety of ways to help organizations and people in need during the coronavirus pandemic – while staying safe. If you have specific questions or would like to add resources, please reach out to Sharon Ahram at sahram@penncharter.com or Alyson Goodner at agoodner@penncharter.com.


Hosts for Hospitals

Hosts for Hospitals has pivoted to support patients and their families via a growing network of private-setting lodging, such as, airbnb, in-law suites, cottage houses, corporate apartments and second homes. Individuals receiving  outpatient radiation or chemotherapy, and women whose newborns are being treated at CHOP have particular need during Covid-19.

Please share this need with your network. If you or anyone you know may have private lodging to possibly offer now though next winter, for any length of time, please contact Hosts for Hospitals. Phone: 484-380-2999. Email: lodging@hostsforhospitals.org,


For safety precautions there will be:

  • wash stations 

  • gloves 

  • ample room for social distancing

Have questions? Contact Kristin Lide-Hall at klide-hall@sharefoodprogram.org.


  • Prepare meals for one to four people. Please store meals in containers that can be frozen, and label meals/ingredients. 

  • Donate working tablets and computers for students who are trying to keep up with online assignments.

  • Donate diapers, baby wipes, feminine care products and hygiene supplies.

Drop off or send donations to 7047 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Hunger Relief Center

Tree House Books

Donate bundles of books to be picked up and distributed.

  • Sort through books at home; select five to donate (by genre, author, age range, etc.).

  • Add a craft and a writing component.

  • Email emma@treehousebooks.org to arrange a pick-up of bundles.

  • See Instagram @treehousebooks for more details.

Depaul house

  • Make meals (35-45 people) and/or drop off prepared food at Depaul House, 5725 Sprague Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138 

Whosoever Gospel Mission

  • Make meals and/or drop off prepared food at the Mission (35-45 ppl)

  • Donations needed:

    • Disinfecting wipes (any size and brand)

    • Non-perishable food items including: iced tea mix, sugar, canned ravioli or Beefaroni, salad dressing (any kind), macaroni & cheese boxes, beef stew, pancake mix (the complete mix for which you just add water), pancake syrup, and canisters of instant oatmeal or grits.  

Deliver donations to the lobby of the Mission Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Attn: Rev. Bob Emberger, 9101 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144)


  • Phone calls with residents.

  • Video call with a resident. Can include playing music, singing, art, etc. 

  • Video/call. Engage residents with trivia or Kahoot challenges.

Contact Alyson Goodner if interested.

Saying Thanks and Hello!

Send thank you cards to medical practitioners (doctors, nurses, janitorial staff, etc.  at hospitals) caretakers at nursing homes, supermarket employees, frontline workers. Some suggestions:

  • Temple Hospital. Attn: Dr. Angie Cleghorn, 3401 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140
  • Jefferson Hospital, Attn: Dr.  Patricia Henwood, 1020 Sansom Street, Suite 239, Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Einstein Hospital, Attn: Dr. David Jaspan, 5401 Old York Rd, Klein Bldg, Suite 410, Philadelphia, PA 19141

  • Atria Senior Living, Attn: Kimberly Baker, 150 N. 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

  • Look up your local supermarket and send cards to the manager or drop them off next time you go shopping.

  • Look up your local police and fire house and thank you cards to our service people

Send cards to people in nursing homes, getting treatment at CHOP, etc. Some suggestions:

  • Atria Senior Living, Attn: Lexi Principe, 150 N. 20th Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Inglis House, Attn: Patricia Veltri, 2600 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • CHOP, Department of Radiology, Attn: Sarah Tucker, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pen Pals for Life

Because of  social distancing and the limitations of visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities, Pen Pals for Life was created to connect students with older adults who are living in senior care facilities. They exchange emails a few times a week to keep everyone’s spirits up.  To learn more and to participate, visit www.penpalsforlife.com and click on “How to Help,”  From there, you’ll learn how to become a grand-friend.

Please also consider sharing this with your friends outside of Penn Charter so Pen Pals for Life and can build its network. If you know someone who works at a senior care center, please encourage them to partner with Pen Pals for Life so their residents can stay connected. Current partners are Abramson Senior Care and Brandywine Living Haverford Estates.


Support local business by:

  • Purchase gift cards from your favorite restaurants and stores. (Don’t forget about independent bookstores, coffee shops, etc.)

  • Pick-up or delivery from local restaurants.

  • Donations to you baristas at your local coffee shop.

  • Shop at local grocery stores, corner stores, etc. 

  • While shopping, consider purchasing extra food that can be donated or make a prepared meal for PIHN.


Making Facemasks

Reach out to Anne Coleman if you have questions and donation recommendations. Donations of masks can be sent to CHOP, senior care facilities, supermarkets, home health care agencies, Inglis House, Penn Medicine, shelters etc. 

Stay Civically Active

  • Now is the time to call your representatives to find out what measures they’re putting in place when it comes to paid sick leave, WIC and SNAP benefits, and other relief efforts for citizens. Ask them what they’re doing to increase access to Covid-19 testing, and how they’re preparing for the weeks and months ahead.

  • Fill out the 2020 U.S. Census!

Give blood

American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania tells us that their most important need right now is blood donors; they’re facing a severe blood shortage, and desperately need healthy donors. If you’re well and able, you can schedule an appointment to give blood by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED–CROSS.

Support Domestic Workers

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has set up the Coronavirus Care Fund with the goal of raising $4 million to support in-home care workers, nannies and house cleaners; the fund will provide immediate financial support to these oft-overlooked workers, giving them a safety net that will enable them to stay home and stay safe. Donate here.

Financial Donations