Where can people acquire homemade cloth face masks in Birmingham? We have answers.

“The nutcracker- because I’m one of many who sew for Birmingham Ballet Academy. The director allowed us to “raid” the sewing supplies for this project. Photo and masks by Martha Ingraham Mackay

Now that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all Americans should wear a cloth face covering when out in public to avoid spreading the coronavirus, where can you acquire or learn how to make homemade cloth masks here Birmingham?

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8 things you can do now if your income has fallen in Birmingham

“Worried” by Giorgio Montersino. CC BY-SA 2.0

As everything around us seems to be changing with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, we know a lot of people’s income has fallen in Birmingham. Unexpected changes like that can leave even the best-prepared among us feeling bewildered, so we’ve put together some resources to help you begin to navigate these strange new waters. 

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help 50+ local nonprofits today

Every kind of help matters right now. Photo via Jimmie Hale Mission

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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3 ways Birmingham is providing facemasks to healthcare workers—how you can too

A BIG thank you to healthcare workers and other essential workers keeping Birmingham safe and strong. Photo via Bham Face Masks.

We can’t thank our healthcare workers enough for putting themselves on the frontlines to fight COVID-19. But, we can show appreciation by donating facemasks and our time through Birmingham organizations.

Whether it’s sewing a mask, creating one through a 3D printer or simply being a runner for supplies—these local businesses and residents are stepping up to help. Here’s how you can get in on the action. 

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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Statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund launched in response to COVID-19

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh announced the establishment of the United Way Community Crisis Fund to address the COVID-19 outbreak on march 20, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In a news conference this morning, United Way of Central Alabama’s President and CEO Drew Langloh, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, introduced the establishment of a statewide United Way Community Crisis Fund.

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Connect with streaming religious services in Birmingham

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“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

With Passover starting the evening of April 8, 2020 and Easter coming up Sunday, April 12, a lot of people in Birmingham are probably wondering how to stay connected to (or discover) religious communities and traditions in the time of social distancing. We did a little digging to discover what churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are offering. Please help us support local nonprofits.

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Help save local Birmingham theaters—here’s how

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Christmastime during A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Brooke Duke

The show must go on, even when it can’t. We know how much hard work and effort were put into local productions that are now postponed or canceled. However, the best way to ensure we get to see future shows is by giving back now.

Not only do these performances feature renowned and global actors, they also feature your children, coworkers, friends, family and Birmingham community. Bham Now is offering FREE promotion for local non-profits.   This information will be used to create useful guides on Bham Now.

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Where kids can get free meals in Birmingham during school closures

Watching Birmingham come together has been keeping our spirits high all week. Photo via Birmingham City Schools on Facebook

Plenty of children in Birmingham depend on school meals for vital nutrition. With all the COVID-19 school closures, there are options available for those in need. Find out what you need to know right here.

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7 ways you can help the Latinx community in Birmingham

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The Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition. Photo via ALAC’s Facebook page

If you’ve ever wondered how you can make life better for our Latinx neighbors here in Birmingham, you need to meet Jean Hernandez, AIDS Alabama’s Latinx Outreach Coordinator and head of the Alabama Latino AIDS Coalition. She and her team are on a mission, and they can use your help. Keep reading to find out how to get involved, or visit AIDS Alabama to learn more.

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5 unique ways you can help homeless people in Birmingham

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Volunteers serving a meal at Linn Park during Be a Blessing Day. Photo via Be a Blessing Birmingham’s Facebook page

If you’re looking for a volunteer activity, why not consider these unique ways to help the homeless in Birmingham? Some take a few minutes to drop off donations and others are more involved. There’s also a large event providing free services for 500+ people at Boutwell Saturday, Feb. 29, from 7AM-4PM that could use some volunteers. Keep reading for all the details.

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4 ways Glenwood, Inc. makes a difference in Birmingham

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Glenwood, Inc. has residential services that provide 24-hour residential care focused on each person’s unique needs. Photo courtesy of Glenwood. Inc.

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 59 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and up to 20 percent of school children will be diagnosed with mental health disorders? Those stats suggest it’s likely we all know someone affected by ASD or a behavioral or emotional disorder.

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Help send a child to YMCA Camp Cosby near Birmingham. Here’s how.

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So. Much. Joy. at YMCA Camp Cosby. Photo courtesy of YMCA Camp Cosby

I don’t know about you, but when I think of summer camp, I think of cicadas, swimming, cute boys, chiggers, campfires, goofy songs and new friends. Chances are, many of you have your own vivid memories from weeks spent at summer camp. If you want to help a child develop their own lifelong memories, help send a child to YMCA Camp Cosby near Birmingham. Donate now or register your own child.

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