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Volunteers answer texts for help during pandemic, severe weather

People are stepping up their volunteer efforts through the El Paso-based nonprofit organization Nonprofit Exchange program called Help Action. 

El Paso Volunteers Answer Texts For Help During Pandemic, Severe Weather

EL PASOTexas  As El Paso continues on a warming trendthe rest of Texas is struggling to regain power and water in the aftermath of a crippling cold front that knocked out basic utilities for days.

El Pasoans  and people across the country  are volunteering to help that recovery from a distance.

People are stepping up their volunteer efforts through the El Paso-based nonprofit organization Nonprofit Exchange program called Help Action.

We created Help Action as an early response to COVID-19,” said executive director John Hernandez.

The person in need of assistance can specify that they can reimburse the volunteer for the itemsbut Hernandez said volunteers often pick up the tab without collecting payment.

Help Action has now expanded from El Paso to other parts of Texas and the United States.

Right now we’re helping everybody who has been displaced by the winter catastrophe in Austin and Dallas,” Hernandez said.

That dayan Austin resident shared a video to Facebooktagging Help Actionafter receiving a donation from a volunteer during last week’s severe snowstorm.

This lady from Boston was able to provide a 5-gallon water bottlemore water bottles and milk for me and my husband,” said Tasia Holliday from behind the camera.

Hernandez said in the year the nonprofit program has been in operationdemand and volunteerism has only increased.

This gives volunteers that power back where they can feel like they’re doing something for the community,” Hernandez said.

The Nonprofit Exchange is working with local food pantries to connect people with essential items.

“Saw this online filled it out and thought nothing will happen, but today I received a text saying the food was being delivered. I was surprised. Received constant updates and texted with both the wife and husband. When the delivery was made I was so grateful and surprised by the amount that was given to me. You both are amazing and I’m truly thankful and blessed. Thank you so much and thanks a million to this organization for doing what you do. God bless!!!” – Austin Delivery Recipient

Nonprofit Partnerships

During the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of volunteers through agencies across America are stepping up to deliver supplies to our most vulnerable. A majority of these organizations rely on manual communication methods to reach their volunteer base, which can be ineffective. 

HelpAction is seeking partnerships with nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups who wish to organize their volunteers to better serve those in crisis during these difficult times.

HelpAction.org opened public requests on May 22, 2020 and have been recruiting volunteers in El Paso, TX over the past month. Simply visit HelpAction.org to learn more!

HelpAction is a volunteer based organization launched by the Nonprofit Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in El Paso, Texas providing digital fundraising and technology tools to over 100 nonprofits across the nation.

 

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Aurora Pantry Delivering Food Boxes To Homebound Residents

Residents can sign up to receive a weekly supplemental food box from the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. 

AURORA, IL — The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry is now delivering food boxes to residents who are unable to leave their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The program, called Pantry To-Go, allows residents to sign up to receive a weekly supplemental food box, according to a news release. Volunteers will make no-contact deliveries between noon and 2 p.m. every Monday.

The coronavirus pandemic caused “an extraordinary increase in the amount of people that needed our assistance” and many people do not have cars to access the pantry’s drive-thru distribution events, the release states. Many others are unable to leave their homes due to health issues of coronavirus-related restrictions and quarantines.

“Saw this online filled it out and thought nothing will happen, but today I received a text saying the food was being delivered. I was surprised. Received constant updates and texted with both the wife and husband. When the delivery was made I was so grateful and surprised by the amount that was given to me. You both are amazing and I’m truly thankful and blessed. Thank you so much and thanks a million to this organization for doing what you do. God bless!!!” – Austin Delivery Recipient

Nonprofit Partnerships

During the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of volunteers through agencies across America are stepping up to deliver supplies to our most vulnerable. A majority of these organizations rely on manual communication methods to reach their volunteer base, which can be ineffective. 

HelpAction is seeking partnerships with nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups who wish to organize their volunteers to better serve those in crisis during these difficult times.

HelpAction.org opened public requests on May 22, 2020 and have been recruiting volunteers in El Paso, TX over the past month. Simply visit HelpAction.org to learn more!

HelpAction is a volunteer based organization launched by the Nonprofit Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in El Paso, Texas providing digital fundraising and technology tools to over 100 nonprofits across the nation.

 

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HelpAction.Org Joins The Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer families face a new set of challenges during the coronavirus pandemic as they continue their fight. 

El Paso, TX: As the pandemic puts additional emotional and financial strain on families contending with childhood cancer, some look to organizations such as Movie4Kids are donating over 3,000 Masks for families and children in treatment, in order to ensure families never have to worry about having enough disposable masks during their multiple visits to the hospital for treatment. Candlelighters which is the main hub of support for financial and emotional assistance for families who have a child dealing with cancer, will be coordinating their most at-risk families to put in their mask order to HelpAction.Org Volunteers.

HelpAction volunteers will now receive additional alerts, aside from grocery delivery requests, notifying them of masks requests; directing them to pickup masks from Candlelighter’s main office and redistributing them to the address of the family who requested the masks.

Every second counts for a person in crisis. HelpAction.Org connects people with the help they need right when they need it through the power of text messages – because no one should fear falling through the cracks.

Our platform was designed to provide emergency delivery services for essential items to those most in need through. From populations deemed at-risk: the immuno-compromised, healthcare workers, single parents, those who have lost income or are recently unemployed, and especially those who are self quarantining due to infection. We wish to help ease the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding this global pandemic for those who have no readily available options.

Cancer and cancer treatments can weaken the immune system. This means that a child with cancer is often at higher risk for infection and illness. Patients who are undergoing active treatment for cancer are presumably at higher risk than those who are in remission.

In general, cancer can lower immunity and make it harder to fight infection in different ways:

  • The cancer or cancer treatment can lower the number of immune cells that attack germs.
  • Cancer treatments, including radiation and certain medicines, may weaken the skin or membranes lining the mouth and digestive tract. This can allow some kinds of germs to enter the body more easily. We don’t yet know if this affects risk in COVID-19.

“I know that helpaction.org is going to benefit a lot of people in the community because I was in a position in early March where i was asked to self quarantine my family and, as a single mother, to just get your most basic essential goods was nearly impossible without the help of friends and family members and your extended community.

And unfortunately there are people who don’t have a large network that can help them with those things. So as a community, isn’t it our responsibility to then become that network of people and help each other out?” – Shaenna Summers, Volunteer

About Candlelighters

Candlelighters of the W. TX/So. NM area is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that serves families of children with cancer. It is the only no-cost provider in the region that supports children with cancer ages 0 to 25. Candlelighters was formed in 1978 by a small group of parents brought together by their shared journey of cancer. In 1983, Candlelighters became a nonprofit and in 1985, because of the growing need,. Candlelighters of El Paso opened its first office. Today, we serve approximately 300 children in treatment and provide extended services to over 1,500 registered families in the El Paso and surrounding areas.

About Movies4Kids

Movies4Kids is a 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization dedicated to help the disadvantaged and medically-ill children n El Paso Tx by providing them with character building activities and experiences that can bring joy and hope into their lives.

Our activities include Red Carpet premiers for the most anticipated movies of the year so they can experience them before anyone else and bring normalcy and belonging.

Nonprofit Partnerships

During the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of volunteers through agencies across America are stepping up to deliver supplies to our most vulnerable. A majority of these organizations rely on manual communication methods to reach their volunteer base, which can be ineffective. 

HelpAction is seeking partnerships with nonprofit organizations and volunteer groups who wish to organize their volunteers to better serve those in crisis during these difficult times.

HelpAction.org opened public requests on May 22, 2020 and have been recruiting volunteers in El Paso, TX over the past month. Simply visit HelpAction.org to learn more!

HelpAction is a volunteer based organization launched by the Nonprofit Exchange, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, based in El Paso, Texas providing digital fundraising and technology tools to over 100 nonprofits across the nation.

 

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