COVID-19 Global Pandemic:
How the federal communtiy is responding and helping
The COVID-19 global pandemic is putting a strain on resources everywhere.
The steadfastness of the federal community is awe-inspiring. They have continued to fulfill professional responsibilities and keep our country moving. In this time of great uncertainty, we look to them as they and continue to lead by example. Take a look at how the federal community is helping during this urgent time of need locally, nationally, and internationally.
Through the Combined Federal Campaign:
The generosity of the federal community knows and shows no bounds. In times of urgent need, the federal community continually goes above and beyond the call of duty to help their neighborhood, country, and world through any disaster it faces. Through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the federal community can give back and donate to their favorite organizations helping those in need all around the world.
The CFC is uniquely positioned as the only authorized solicitation of federal employees in the workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. The CFC online pledge portal is a safe, trusted, and proven way to make contributions to more than 6,000 qualified 501(c)(3) CFC-approved charitable organizations. If you're a federal employee and would like to give back todya, log in to your account or create a new account at opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC or use the mobile giving app (search for “CFC Giving” in either the Apple or Android app stores).
Federal employees volunteer on the frontlines - even virtually:
Charities will receive funds pledged during this CFC Special Solicitation with their monthly distributions: May 15, 2020, through January 15, 2021 (for recurring donations). Your support will empower charities to do what they do best, benefiting our communities locally and around the world during this time of great need.
Join the federal community in giving back and volunteering virtually. Many charities need help, even remotely. Yes, that's right! From the comfort of your home, ou can make a world of difference beyond making a donation. Here are some virtual volunteering examples:
- If you have a background in law or finance, many charities need assistance with budgeting, contracts, and petitions. Reach out and see if your preferred charities offer these opportunities, or search for charities under "banking" and "legal" through the CFC charity search portal.
- Translate documents for charities that help with immigration, education, or numerous other industries. Many charities need volunteer translators to duplicate content in Spanish, French, Mandarin, and dozens of other languages to offer complete aid and support to those in need.
- Consider helping a student in need through tutoring. As many students need to study from home, it may mean an increase in supplmental aid is necessary to help students pass their clas and stay on top of their education. Look for a CFC-supported educational charity to learn how you can tutor a student over the phone or video.
- Help local charities put together hygiene kits of homeless individuals, families, and domestic violence survivors. Especially given the lack of access to resources and difficulty finding some products, charities need help from individuals on putting together at-home hygiene kits. Contact a local shelter or foodbank and see where you can deliver the hyegiene kits and what is most needed.
- Donate canned food and goods to a local foodbank. Families without steady work are having an increased difficulty in putting food on the table. Every can helps!
- Knit! Many charities accept clothing donations, and knit products. Search for a CFC charity that relies on these donations for more information.
- Make masks from home. Read about how one federal employee is using their spare time to make masks for those on the frontlines.
Or, if you're not quite ready to use your pledged volunteer hours yet, simply support your favorite charities by learning more about their mission and of global need, by:
- Watching the charity's documentary, videos, or reading their blogs. Many charities have released a short films, series of videos, or keep up in a weekly or monthly blog detailing their efforts and mission. Check out your favorite charity's homepage to find their media and see what they're doing.
- Virtual Reality: 360. This newer technology allows donors to immerse themselves in the world and eyes of a charity or person in need. If you have a VR headset, do some research and find out which charities offer downloadable 360-degree films.
- Join a book club. Many public figures, refugees, survivors of war, and charity founders have written novels detailing their experiences. These books are a great opportunity to open up discussion with friends and family about how you can help others in need, after learning of their firsthand experiences.
- Send thank-you notes, letters, or postcards to nurses and charities on the front lines.
How the federal government is responding:
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has the latest information on the global pandemic
"CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person to person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named 'coronavirus disease 2019' (abbreviated 'COVID-19'). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation.
Read CDC's guides on self-care, care for those who are sick, information for health professionals, view their map of the outbreak, how we can all help to flatten the curve, where to get tested, and more developing information and data on their website.
Small Business Administration approves loans to support businesses affected by COVID-19
"Our nation's small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses."
The U.S. Department of the Navy ships medical aid
The U.S. Department of the Navy is accustomed to responding to domestic and international disasters. They help defend our nation and protect us from harm - including the invisible kind. The Navy deployed medical ships, including USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, to projected hardest-hit cities including New York City and Los Angeles. Their deployment brought hope and mcuh needed aid to the cities. They treated hundreds of patients, alleviating the burden local hospitals were facing. See the Navy's infographic of distribution of aid in response to the global pandemic here.
Treasury & IRS work to provide stimulus checks to Americans
"IR-2020-93, May 11, 2020 — The IRS and Treasury have successfully delivered nearly 130 million Economic Impact Payments to Americans in less than a month, and more are on the way." Learn how you can check for the status of your stimulus check, and get other help here.
FEMA, HHS, and DHS track data to maximize aid in hardest-hit areas
"Since the COVID-19 nationwide emergency was declared, 42 federal
departments and agencies have come together with partners at every
level for a whole-of-America response." See FEMA's videos on how they
track the spread of virus, analyze data, and deliver supplies to hardest hit