Ways to help and receive help during the COVID-19 pandemic

These are unprecedented times and as you’re figuring out your new normal, you might be wondering if there’s something else you can do. Some ways you can help.

We hosted a series of Facebook Live segments, including a 9Heatlth Virtual Town Hall with different organizations to educate you on the help that is needed right now and how to receive help if you, or someone you know, needs it.

First, public health officials and 9Health Expert, Dr. Payal Kohli, says the best way we can help right now is to do our part to contain the spread of the coronavirus. That means staying home still as much as possible, washing hands frequently and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

How 9Health is helping

9Health has set up a new program called 9Health Neighbors to help provide answers to health questions and human connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ask your question call 303-698-4455, ext. 2005. Leave a message and a 9Health medical volunteer will return your call within 24 hours.

When 9Health was forced to postpone the spring 9Health Fairs to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 9Health Neighbors was created from the army of 9Health medical volunteers who are there to help local Coloradans.

“It’s been challenging with the shift, but everyone is being really creative and we have quite a few volunteers who are open to new possibilities,” said 9Health’s Director of Volunteer Engagement Alex Andrews.  “This was going to be our 41st season of spring fairs so all of those medical and non-medical volunteers that typically come in droves, they don’t have the same type of volunteer opportunities of 9Health that they did in the past.”

Also, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, 9Health relies on the generous donations from our community to continue our mission of advancing health awareness. We ask for your support if the time is right for you and your family, click here for more information.

Ways to help Colorado

Colorado has set up a website that lists resources and gives a general idea of what is needed, including how to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for local hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The state’s website also lists several volunteer opportunities and ways to donate supplies and blood. Click here to go to the new Help Colorado Now webpage.

The state is also providing childcare services for essential workers. They will pay for your child to attend a licensed daycare. You can see if you qualify and sign up by clicking here.

The stay at home orders have caused a domino effect leading to fewer child abuse cases getting reported. The state says that’s because there are fewer eyes on children right now since they’re home from school. If you see signs of child abuse, call the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (844-264-5437). You can also click here to learn more.

Food and blood donations

If you need food assistance you can dial 211 for information. You can also visit the Food Bank of the Rockies website by clicking here. The Food Bank of the Rockies isn’t taking food donations from individuals currently but needs financial donations and volunteers.

Blood donations can be made through Vitalant. They are providing a safe environment for you to donate blood. Though it’s not generally needed to treat symptoms of COVID-19, blood is needed for patients who have ongoing blood disorders and people who are being treated for cancer. Those blood continue despite what’s happening with COVID-19.

With so many schools and businesses closed, Vitalant has fewer opportunities for blood drives, but it has donation centers in Colorado. Seven Vitalant donation centers are open seven days a week. If you’d like to donate, call ahead of time and make an appointment. You can reach Vitalant at 303-363-2300.

Make a mask

We are all now asked to wear a mask every time we leave our homes. Disposable masks need to be thrown out after every use and reusable ones washed.

Masks are in high demand and if you’re crafty you can start making them for your friends and neighbors. The Colorado Mask Project has a pattern and instructions and has guidelines for sharing them with your community.

We would love to see the ways you are helping; the state has started using a hashtag to get people to share: #DoingMyPartCO. You can also get our attention by using #9Health