Give Help and Get Help
Resources from the [T]Be Involved Social Action Committee
Are you looking for an opportunity to help out in the community during this trying time? Or do you need help personally? Your TBE Social Action Committee has compiled this list of suggested actions and resources.
1.) GBM Connects, a Covid–19 Initiative by Greater Birmingham Ministries, gives you the opportunity to make a financial contribution to help people struggling right now. GBM staff and volunteers distribute groceries monthly to those in need in the Topgolf parking lot. Please click here to donate. To volunteer to give out groceries monthly, please contact the Rev. Carolyn Foster, Faith in Community Coordinator.
2.) The Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP), in partnership with Alabamians for Fair Justice, are collecting hygiene products for incarcerated men during Covid-19. The list includes:
-Shampoo (travel size only)
-Conditioner (travel size only)
-Toothpaste (travel size only)
-Tissues (travel size and/or small box)
JCMP is encouraging people who wish to donate to buy through their Amazon Wishlist or you can donate items at their drop-off box at the Levite Jewish Community Center.
3.) The Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) is serving curbside lunches for those who rely on school lunches to eat. You can help with the lunch drive! Volunteer slots are opened one week at a time. Go to the Covid 19 page. Scroll down to the “volunteers needed” tab to sign up to help with food distribution or to make a donation.
4.) Do You Sew? Make Face Masks!
The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. We would like to ensure that our congregants have the face masks they need. TBE will collect face masks to distribute to our congregants. You can find sewing patterns and instructions here. Please contact Amber to schedule a drop-off time and we will get the masks to people who need them! Any masks not needed by our community will go to Bham Face Masks’ distribution system around Birmingham! This NEW organization has already distributed over 40,000 masks to medical facilities across the city! So get your sewing machines out! If you don’t sew, there are other ways to help, including donating funds to purchase fabric and elastic for those who are sewing their hearts out. Learn more.
5.) Birmingham Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund
The BJF, in collaboration with Collat Jewish Family Services, Levite Jewish Community Center, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and all area synagogues, are proud to play a role in safeguarding the most vulnerable among us in the Jewish and broader communities.
In response to the current crisis, they have created the Birmingham Jewish Federation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to support our area partners, Israel and the broader Birmingham community. 100% of all contributions will directly support those impacted by the pandemic and/or programs providing critical community services. You may designate your gift to: Collat Jewish Family Services, the Israel World Jewry Bureau, the Levite Jewish Community Center, N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, United Way Community Crisis Fund or the Area of Greatest Need through grants to local agencies and synagogues. The BJF is proud to present one giving site to support our whole Jewish Community and the broader community as well.
6.) The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s COVID-19 Response Fund This fund has been established by the Community Foundation in partnership with donors to deploy flexible resources to community organizations that are on the front lines of the Greater Birmingham area Coronavirus outbreak. To date, 39 organizations have received a total of $644,000 in emergency assistance grants. Over $180,000 were awarded to 13 organizations just LAST WEEK! These grants are addressing a range of critical needs across our region, from food assistance to rent and utilities to health care needs to mental health counseling to education. For a full list of grantees through April 22, 2020, please click here. You can also make a donation online.