As we all work together to care for each other during this difficult time, this site is designed specifically to help you:
DONATE food and supplies
GIVE to local nonprofits
Follow us @gwinnettcares.org for other resources and news!
Current Critical Needs
1. DONATIONS OF FOOD & SUPPLIES
Our community has a tremendous network of cooperative ministries and other non-profit organizations that distribute food, clothing, and critical resources to people in immediate need. We are relying heavily on their existing infrastructure and support networks to provide basic needs to families in crisis. The demand for their services is growing exponentially as the pandemic lingers. We need everyone’s help to keep their shelves full of the key resources they need to care for our community through COVID-19.
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Laundry Detergent
- Dish Soap
- Canned Beans (not Green Beans)
- Any Canned Meats (Tuna/Chicken/Spam)
- Canned Pasta
- White Rice
- Taco Kits
- Canned Fruit
- Diapers, Wipes & Baby Hygiene Items
Items can be dropped off at a local food pantry nearest you where food donations will be received, logged, sorted, boxed and then delivered to our partnering non-profit organizations. Other drop off locations include:
- First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville – Tues 10-2 pm – 395 W Crogan St, Lawrenceville 30046
- Hebron Baptist Church – 24/7 – Outside Building C – 202 Hebron Church Rd, Dacula, GA 30019
RECYCLE LAPTOPS, TABLETS & CELL PHONES TO EQUIP OUR STUDENTS WITH TECHNOLOGY FOR VIRTUAL LEARNING
More than 10,000 students in our community don’t have the technology they need at home to succeed in a digital learning environment. A multitude of Gwinnett Cares partners have stepped up to lead technology drives across Gwinnett so we can collect and reburbish old equipment and gift it forward to students in need. Accepted items include laptops, laptop chargers, tablets, and cellphones. Data destruction guaranteed. Donations are tax deductible.
Click below to get specific details on each upcoming Back to School Technology Drives:
August 8 – Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta – Norcross – 11 am -2 pm – flyer
August 15 – Chesney Elementary School – Duluth – 11 am-2 pm – flyer
August 16 – St. Benedict Catholic Church – Duluth – 8 am – 11 am and 4-6 pm – flyer
August 22 – Lawrenceville Baptist Church – Lawrenceville – 11 am-2 pm – flyer
August 23 – Shadowbrook Baptist Church – Suwanee – 1-3 pm – flyer
August 23 – Roswell Community Church – Roswell/Alpharetta – 1-3 pm – flyer
Old technology can also being dropped off through August at Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries – 5000 Pinnacle Ct, Suite 510, Norcross 30071 – during their regular donation hours: M/W/F 9 am -4 pm, Tues 9 am-7 pm, and Sat 9am-Noon – flyer
A donation of $50 will cover the cost to refurbish an old laptop for a student. If you wish to make a donation to cover refurbishment costs via our partner New Life Technology Group, click here.
A donation of $187 covers the cost of a Chromebook and $50 provides hot spot service for one month. If you wish to make a donation towards new equipment or wifi access via the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation, click here.
PROVIDE SNACKS & MEALS FOR OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS
Our healthcare heroes on the front lines are crazy busy and running on fumes, so one way we can help take care of them is provide snacks and meals for them to grab and go on their long shifts. If you’d be willing to buy some pre-packaged, individual-size snacks (i.e. protein bars, granola, crackers, cookies, chips, chocolates, etc.) or order up a meal for delivery from a local restaurant, coordinate with these contacts:
- Eastside Medical Center – Hope Moeck – Hope.Moeck@hcahealthcare.com
- Good Samaritan Health Center – Greg Lang – 404-863-2275 – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gwinnett Health Department – Samantha Scoggins – 770-295-8058 – email@example.com
- Kaiser Permanente – Gary Stout – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northside Hospital Gwinnett/Duluth – coordinate snack deliveries with Allison Hamlet (770-722-7549 or Allison.Hamlet@northside.com) – order meals via The Meal Bridge platform
- View Point Health – Tiffany Deeds – 470-345-5766 – email@example.com
We are relying upon Gwinnett County’s Volunteer Gwinnett online network to connect those able and willing to volunteer with opportunities around the community. Our goal is to establish a bank of volunteers we can call upon when needed. Although we can’t promise that everyone who signs up will have an immediate opportunity to serve, we do know that many volunteers will be needed in various capacities in the days ahead! Register to help below.
3. RELIEF & RECOVERY FUNDS
Relief and recovery funds are greatly needed all across our community as we actively work to care for individuals and families in crisis. Here are a few great ways to lend your support.
OPTION 1: Give directly to your favorite charities to expand their capacity and impact as they respond to the growing needs in our community.
OPTION 2: The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia has established a collective Coronavirus Relief Fund that will give us the opportunity to infuse resources quickly when our local non-profits become overwhelmed. The Community Foundation has exceptional knowledge of where, when and how resources are most needed and best distributed for the greatest local impact.
OPTION 3: If you want to give regionally, United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta have established the Greater Atlanta COVID-10 Response & Recovery Fund.
The needs in our community will shift and change often in the weeks ahead, so please check back often to see, in real-time, where and how you can help.
ARE YOU SYMPTOMATIC AND NEED A COVID-19 TEST? Learn more here or call 770-513-5631.
NEED FOOD & HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES? Go online to FoodFinder.us (or download the mobile apps: iPhone and Android) to locate food providers nearest you. To connect to a local Cooperative Ministry, click here. To learn about Gwinnett County’s Summer Meals Program, click here.
PARENTS: If your child received free or reduced priced school meals in March 2020, you can apply to receive Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) funds of $256.60 per child – Apply here by September 25, 2020.
NEED CHILDCARE? All essential employees required to work through COVID-19 should contact their local YMCA about available childcare services. Search here for a YMCA near you. Others should call 877-ALL-GA-KIDS or visit QualityRated.org
NEED TRANSPORTATION? Lyft is offering rides to those with essential transportation needs – especially families and children, low-income seniors, doctors and nurses. Visit lyft.com/lyftup to read about their LyftUp Initiative.
NEED WIFI ACCESS FOR SCHOOL OR WORK? Click here. If you have a GCPS student that does not have the proper technology for digital learning this fall, please notify your school principal of your needs.
AT RISK FOR EVICTION FROM AN EXTENDED-STAY HOTEL/MOTEL OR EXPERIENCING AN EPISODE OF HOMELESSNESS? Request assistance here.
ARE YOU A VETERAN NEEDING HELP? Click here
ARE YOU AN IRS “NON-FILER” THAT COULD QUALIFY FOR A STIMULUS CHECK? U.S. citizens or permanent residents who had gross income below $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019 and weren’t required to file a 2019 federal tax return might be eligible for stimulus funds but are required to submit a form. Learn more here.
HAVE UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS ISSUES? Check out these Ga Dept. of Labor tutorials.
HAVING TROUBLE GETTING YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS? Learn about Good Pill.
KNOW SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION DURING ISOLATION? Contact Navigate Recovery
HAVE OTHER NEEDS? CALL OUR LOCAL HELPLINES:
- Gwinnett Helpline: 770-995-3339
- United Way Helpline: Dial 211 or text your zip code and need to 898-211 (available 24/7/365 in 140 languages
ARE YOU A NONPROFIT SEEKING GRANT OPPORTUNITIES? Click here. Foundation Directory Online (F
BETTER UNDERSTAND COVID-19: – Watch This Video (available in 16 languages)
FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE A FACE COVERING (Sewn or No-Sew Options) Click here
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EFFORTS – LISTEN TO THE “GWINNETT CARES” PODCAST