Covid-19 Pandemic Volunteer Outreach Groups You Can Support

Did you know that staying at home during this Covid-19 pandemic is one of the best way to fight the virus? Healthcare workers refer to people staying at home as “our wartime air and artillery support. The more people who stay at home, the more chances we can contain and fight the virus”. Stopping the spread of this deadly disease means pushing the pause button in our daily lives. It is a sacrifice we all must do to ‘flatten the curve’ of infection. However, and understandably so, many people suffer anxiety because they cannot go out and help. Unfortunately, as this virus continues to spread, going out of our homes will only invite more risk than produce much-needed help to our fellowmen.

Good thing though, there are several volunteer outreach groups you can help even as you remain in your own home. Here are a few of them:

Better Basics’ Little Big Help

Moha Barakat, owner of the small clothing shop Better Basics, along with her team of seamstress and a few friends, organized "Little Big Help". It is a fund-raising that aims to raise fund to procure materials to create protective suits to our frontliners. Their starting goal is to raise 45,000 pesos to produce 150 protective suits.

As a business, our key resources are our seamstresses, access to fabric, sewing materials and machines so when the need for producing and donating Protective Suits became widespread, we figured that we can somehow help. We just wanted to help a little, beginning with a target of 150 for 2 hospitals. We started by collaborating with another project, Marisci Fights Back, and now, Better Basics’ lines stay open to our friends and their friends who may need help sourcing suits for various beneficiaries of their choice. We also invited some of our customers at @better.basics to let us know if they need PPE donations so we can match the needs with the supply that we have” says Barakat.

How to HELP: Read more information at Little Big Help

Climb Against Cancer’s Homecooked Meal for Frontliners

Because our frontliners have been working around the clock since the outbreak of Covid-19 in our country, most of them do not have the time to cook and prepare a healthy meal for themselves. Enter Climb Against Cancer. Originally consisting of mountaineers involved in various outreach programs dealing with cancer patients, the group progressed to expanding their causes to help the different sectors in our society.

Today, Climb Against Cancer members led by Nini Andrada Sacro, has been cooking homecooked meals for our frontliners. Since the lockdown happened, they have delivered meals to several hospitals like Philippine Heart Center, PGH, Cardinal Santos Hospital, National Kidney Institute, Olivarez General Hospital, RITM and Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital.

“This is my first time cooking for our frontliners. I am used to cooking for school kids every time we have a community outreach. I intend to cook as long as people keep supporting our little mission. After I posted about the food packs for Heart Center, friends and family started sending me donations and food ingredients to cook for our frontliners”, Nini Andrada Sacro said.

How to HELP: Join the Climb Against Cancer FB group or contact Nini Andrado Sacro on Facebook.

Poveda Hermanas Batch 2004 Donations for Frontliners

The ladies of Poveda 2004 made the most of their stay-at-home stint by organizing a fundraising for our frontliners. To date, they have raised more than 1 million pesos in cash donations. The girls used the money to purchase various medical gears such as Latex Indoplas gloves, head covers, KN95 and N95 masks, disposable gowns, PPE sets, face shields, isopropyl alcohol and more—and has donated these to more than a dozen hospitals already.

How to HELP: Read more information at Poveda Hermanas 04 FB Page.

2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation

2KK was founded in 2003 by a group of then-teenagers and started out organizing activities for children in various communities. Today, 2KK has evolved into an organization that focuses on helping less-privileged youth attain education.

When the Covid-19 pandemic spread in the Philippines and an expanded quarantine was enforced, 2KK wasted no time in raising funds for the affected. According to their Facebook page as of March 29, 2020 they have provided 2,800 meals to communities in 12 different areas in Metro Manila, 1,050 meals to frontliners in 7 hospitals and 2,070 food packs for daily wage earners and their families (of 5-7 members) in 10 different areas in Metro Manila.
How to HELP: Visit the 2KK Facebook Page.