We’ve put together a guide to ways to get and give help during this time in Birmingham. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as you hear of others and we’ll keep this guide up to date.
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1. Donate PPE to UAB
As cases of COVID-19 in Alabama increase, the state’s largest hospital, UAB, needs your help. There is an urgent need for more PPE (personal protection equipment). This includes:
- Face masks (including n95 respirator masks)
- Eye and face guards
- Surgical and isolation gowns
- Protective gloves
2. Donate PPE to Jefferson County Department of Health
The JCDH is collecting these items:
- N95 Masks
- Surgical Masks
- Isolation Gowns
- Face Shields
- Sterile Specimen Collection Swabs
- Hand Sanitizer
- Home-made face masks and gowns
The coordination center is located at the Christian Service Mission Warehouse at 3600 3rd Avenue South. Contact 205.254.2550 for questions regarding donations.
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9AM-3PM | Friday 9AM-12PM.
3. Need Novel Coronavirus-related help?
- Text BHMCOVID to 888-777 to receive text message updates about important announcements and information from City of Birmingham
- COVID-19 symptoms from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Alabama’s data and surveillance dashboard for COVID-19 from the Alabama Department of Public Health
- Where to get tested including UAB from the Jefferson County Department of Health
- COVID-19 symptom tracker from UAB. Check-in daily to report your health status and symptoms—even if you’re feeling healthy.
- If you get COVID-19 from the CDC
- Mental health from the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Stress management from the WHO
- Dial 2-1-1 for United Way resources, info + support
- Harvest Roots Ferments is helping to organize small businesses
- The Alabama Department of Public Health Hotline for about how and where to get tested: 1.888.264.2256
- The Alabama Department of Public Health Hotline for general questions: 1.800.270.7268
- The Crisis Center’s Crisis Line: 205.323.7777 or 1.800.273.8255
- The Crisis Center’s Rape Response Line: 205.323.7273
- The Crisis Center’s Teen Link: 205.328.5465
- The Crisis Center’s Kid’s Help Line: 205.328.5437
- The Crisis Center’s Senior Talk Line: 205.328.8255
- Mobile providers + other deals to Birmingham residents
- Telemedicine providers
- Apply for Alabama state unemployment benefits
4. How to Give Help
- Give blood with the American Red Cross in Birmingham
- Give or volunteer with United Way of Central Alabama (Meals on Wheels especially needs volunteers, as does the 2-1-1 call center)
- Donate to the Birmingham Strong Fund to help small businesses
- Support LOCAL businesses
5. How to keep up with stats
- Alabama case tracking from the Alabama Department of Public Health
- National case tracking from the CDC
- Global case tracking from Johns Hopkins University
6. Support local businesses and nonprofits
Show Birmingham businesses some love
- Check out special deals and where to get curbside pickups from over 370 local restaurants, bars, and other businesses.
- Don’t see yours? Add your business to the local database for free.
Help support these local nonprofits
- Check out over 50 local nonprofits and how you can lend a helping hand.
- Don’t see yours? Add your nonprofit to the local database for free.