How to Help During the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

Here are several volunteer opportunities. 
​In December of 2019, Virginia Beach was ranked the #1 Most Caring City in America by financial services website Wallethub.com. The data showed that Beach residents tied for the most volunteer hours per capita – and it shows. Since the pandemic hit this region, the City has fielded many inquiries from people asking how they can help. 

While the City of Virginia Beach is not currently recruiting volunteers or accepting donations of goods or money to assist people impacted by COVID-19, here’s what you can do:
  • The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is recruiting volunteers with and without medical certifications for its COVID-19 response. . Anyone interested should register at vamrc.org​.
  • If individuals or groups would like to volunteer to assist people impacted by COVID19 closures, they can register at Volunteer Hampton Roads: volunteerhr.org/coronavirus
If you cannot volunteer, but would like to make a donation, please consider giving in one of the following ways: 
  • City Schools are closed for at least two weeks and many children get their breakfast and lunch provided by the schools. Please consider donating to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Beach Bags program via credit card at vbef.org​. Checks should be mailed to VBEF at 2512 George Mason Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456 with “Beach Bags” in the memo line. No administrative fees are taken from donations to this program, so 100% of all donations are used to purchase food for Virginia Beach students.

  • The United Way of South Hampton Roads has also established the Coronavirus Recovery Fund and 100% of the dollars raised will go toward supporting recovery efforts. You can give at: unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/ ​
If you are in need of assistance due to the pandemic (i.e., food, mental health counseling, housing, etc.), you may call the United Way hotline at 757-858-7777 or fill out a form online at unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus​, and a case manager will contact you.
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