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COVID-19 in Los Angeles: How You Can Help

Coronavirus is affecting the way of life for everyone in Los Angeles. Disruptions in work, travel, and our daily routines have pushed us to rethink about what it means to be a good friend and neighbor. Fortunately, residents all over Los Angeles County are rising to the challenge and standing with their community to protect those who are most vulnerable. The first and most important way you can help is, as you’ve heard, to stay home as much as possible and continue to slow the spread of the virus. Second, if you can, please skip your trip to the grocery store this week (April 6 – 11). During a press conference on Monday afternoon, LA County public health director Barbara Ferrer urged residents to stay home this week if at all possible, foregoing any shopping trips or any needs to leave the house in an effort to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. “If you have enough supplies in your home, this would be the week to skip shopping all together,” said Ferrer.

Other than that, there are plenty of other ways you can help, whether it’s supporting the California Community Foundation’s Covid-19 LA County Response Fund, giving blood at your local Red Cross, assembling hygiene kits for your local shelter, or simply calling or texting elderly friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. If you know any seniors in need of assistance or a meal, LA County has 180 meal sites available for seniors and other services.

Working together we will stop the spread of COVID-19.

Deliver meals

Our seniors are most at risk for developing complications from COVID-19. You can make a donation to Meals On Wheels America to help keep them safe and cared for.

If you are a senior and need assistance or meals: Workforce Development Aging & Community Services distributes packaged and frozen meals at 180 meal sites throughout Los Angeles County. Please call 1-800-510-2020 or visit https://wdacs.lacounty.gov/covid-19/ for more information and a map of meal site locations.

Support the nonprofits who are supporting our communities

This California Community Foundations’s COVID-19 LA County Response Fund supports COVID-19 related community needs in health, housing, education, and immigration.

The United Way’s Pandemic Relief Fund supports L.A. County’s unsheltered residents, low-income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.

Or you can support other nonprofits

Do wellness checks (call/text/talk through the door)

Check on your older neighbors with a call, text, or chat through a door.

Assemble hygiene kits

Build hygiene kits and drop off at your local shelter for people experiencing homelessness)

Give blood

Blood donations have decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it.

WDACs

The mission of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services (WDACS) is to connect communities and improve the lives of all generations in Los Angeles County.

WDACs currently operate 100 congregate meal sites at various senior centers and parks throughout the County. Although our community and senior centers are closed, we have transitioned all our meal sites to distributing packaged/frozen meals and are currently working out the logistics for providing home delivered meals to older adults. A map of County and City locations is available below.

Many of the centers are also participating in the Emergency Food Distribution Program. Find the list of participating centers by Districts on the site or click here.


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