Giving in a Global Pandemic
Throughout the world, economies have been grinding to a halt starting early 2020. People have been asked to shelter in place, quarantine, or just stay home as much as possible in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many people have been either out of work, working from home, or working in crucial front-lines jobs like healthcare and food supply jobs. Restaurants have been asked to stop serving in-person customers, and in many cases, this includes soup kitchens for the less fortunate. Giving has also been impacted at a time when it is needed most, and nonprofits like food pantries are being hit hard from both sides. Is there a way to keep these crucial services going when everyone is being asked to stay home?
Many soup kitchens and food pantries are maintained by community ministries. Church members collect monetary and food donations and keep those less fortunate fed. Unfortunately, churches are one of the places where in-person meetings and donations are currently unable to happen, and while parishioners are participating in online services that don’t necessarily mean they are participating in online giving. In-person donations to charities are also suspended at this time.
Fortunately, there is an app that can help parishioners continue to give back to their congregations while they are social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19. These donations can keep crucial services like food pantries and soup kitchens funded during this time when they are needed most.
COVID-19 isn’t going to be forever, but keeping communities together and those in need cared for will go a long way toward helping us rebuild after this is all over. If you are able to donate time, donate time. If you are able to donate resources, donate resources. Giving what you can to your community now will help ensure there is a community left when the pandemic passes.
Learn more about the economic impact of the pandemic and how app-based giving can help from the infographic below.