How to Help Others and Get Help

Relief Resources, Plus Giving and Volunteer Opportunities

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Updated 7/20/20

Resources and Grant Opportunities for Businesses

Midtown-based micro-lender Kabbage created an online platform to help small businesses create and sell gift certificates online. Learn more.

Facebook has created a Small Business Grants Program that will provide $100M in cash grants and ad credits to eligible businesses in 30 countries. Applications are now open for Atlanta businesses. Details here.

HR, Legal and other Miscellaneous Resources

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. This guidance from the US Dept. of Labor walks through the requirements.

Fisher Phillips, a workplace law firm with offices in Midtown, created this online resource center for businesses that includes FAQs, legal advisories, templates and forms to help deal with the implications of the coronavirus pandemic.

Resources For Unemployed Individuals

Individuals that need info on unemployment benefits can file and check claim status on the Georgia Dept. of Labor website.

The Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF) was created to help restaurant employee employees experiencing hardship from the outbreak. Grants will be made to restaurant Employee Relief Fund who have seen a decrease in wages or loss of employment. The Georgia Restaurant Association also lists other relief programs on its website . 

ChooseATL has a list of businesses hiring across various industries and other information on COVID-19 assistance for individuals here

Resources for Bar/Restaurant and Service Industry Workers

The Giving Kitchen supports food service workers with compassion and care by providing financial assistance crisis due to an unexpected injury, illness (including COVID-19 and mandatory quarantines), death of an immediate family member or housing disaster in Georgia. Food service workers experiencing hardship including unemployment or underemployment due to restaurant closings are eligible for resource referrals through the Giving Kitchen’s Stability Network

Eater Atlanta has started a database of giving opportunities across Atlanta. Look for "Relief Atlanta" in this article.

The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation offers resources for industry workers affected by the COVID-19 emergency.  

Resources for Artists and Entertainment, Music and Film Industry Workers

These resources were compiled by the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Atlanta Artist Relief Fund - Formed to provide relief to the theater community, the volunteer group delivers free home-cooked, nutritious meals directly to artists who are unable to leave their homes or are out of work.

Creative Capital is continually updating an extensive list of resources available to artists nationwide who are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Billboard is updating a state-by-state resource guide to help music professionals during this crisis.

How to Help Others and Get Help 

United Way of Greater Atlanta/Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Recovery Fund - Donate to provide immediate support to those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related issues caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The funds will go toward emergency assistance, health services and additional critical needs such as childcare and food. 

Hands On Atlanta connects volunteers with nonprofits and schools in need. In addition to taking donations, it’s looking for volunteers for help from home in a variety of ways like helping the visually impaired, making PPEs and translation services.

Partners for HOME is looking for volunteers for homelessness outreach. If you're able to help, please contact

Emory Healthcare employees and other medical professionals across the city are on the front lines every day helping us all to stay safe. Emory has instructions for how to sew masks to donate here and has set up a donation center for needed supplies. Details can be found here

Open Hand delivers over 5,000 healthy meals to Atlantans every day. Volunteer or make a financial donation. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) maintains a helpline staffed by volunteers who can answer questions, offer support and provide practical next steps. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264). Helpline open Mon-Fri from 10a-6p.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer provides daily meals to those who are food insecure or experiencing unstable housing. It is providing “to go” lunches from 10:30-11:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday at its location at 731 Peachtree Street. We accept donations of prepackaged snack foods, canned vegetables, rice, and noodles for soup. Financial gifts can be made on the church's website.

American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. The organization is taking measures to keep the donation process safe for staff and donors.  

Crossroads Ministries provides daily meal services in Clyde’s Kitchen, but has altered its daily services to providing only sack lunches due to the outbreak. They are in need of bottled water or full sack lunches to be dropped off at Clyde’s Kitchen any weekday between 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. You can also make a financial donation. Learn more about how to help. 

Movement restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 may be making violence in homes more frequent. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual or domestic violence and needs help, contact the RAINN hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). The Rise organization provides information for businesses to provide safe haven and rights info for survivors. Learn more.

Midtown Assistance Center helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness or on the verge of homelessness every year. Currently, MAC’s offices are closed due to the COVID-19, but they are still accepting cases to assist with paying rent and utilities and could use your help.

Atlanta Children’s Shelter’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty for families facing homelessness by building pathways to long-term self-sufficiency and avoiding quality early childhood education. Their offices are currently closed, but you can make a donation online.

Community Friendship offers a comprehensive range of recovery-based programs for those with mental illnesses in Atlanta. It provides support and training in self-sufficiency and independent living, career development and full integration in the community. CFI accepts financial contributions and donations of supplies to reduce program expenses — see a list online. 

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