Some of us whose income has not really been affected by the current health crisis and economic shutdown should consider donating our coming stimulus checks to those who are more affected by these times. That is what this post is all about.
I have been on a fixed income for over almost twenty years now. That means that I am getting practically the same amount of income as I did twenty years ago. It started out with just a pension check. Yeah, I was one of the last to actually get an annuity pension from the company I worked thirty years for. It was less than a third of what I was making as a salary. Then later came Social Security. But with my changed lifestyle I have managed to be happier with 50% less income than I had in my corporate years.
Lawmakers recently agreed to send $1,200, checks to almost all Americans, including those with incomes up to $75,000. I realize that for many Americans, this could be an essential lifeline for keeping their families fed and housed during these times of turmoil. After all it is common knowledge that the average American family is just two paychecks away from bankruptcy, and many have already past that milestone. But not all Americans need that extra cash right now. If you are looking to give this money to those who need it more than you, consider donating it to an organization that will directly help with the coronavirus relief effort — one that provides food or helps with medical efforts. Here are a few suggestions from a recent New York Times article (click to see source):
- The United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have created the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization in a global effort to help at-risk countries track the spread of the virus, testing and vaccine development, and protective equipment for medical workers.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a foundation and an emergency response fund, which is basically a catchall for giving to local health departments, global response efforts, protective gear for medical workers and general response.
- Partners in Health provides long-term, dignified care to patients in developing countries. It will use donations to test more than 200,000 people for coronavirus, help international governments coordinate and help local community health workers find the treatment they need.
- Direct Relief has made supply deliveries to the United States, China, the Caribbean and South America, specifically to help medical professionals protect themselves from the virus.
- In the United States, families are struggling to make rent or pay grocery bills. Feeding America will help local food banks respond to the outbreak.
- A lot of children rely on school meals. With school closures, those meals are no longer guaranteed. No Kid Hungry sends emergency grants to food banks and helps communicate with families to make sure they can find a hot meal until schools open again.
- Many older and homebound Americans rely on Meals on Wheels, and many local programs are struggling with the additional cost of deliveries during the outbreak. Here is information about local programs and here is where to donate to the national organization.
You can also consider giving to local businesses and families in need directly. Or helping your neighbors in ways that are not necessarily monetary.