COVID – 19 Local Resources
Dear NCF Orlando Family,
How we, as a community and nation, are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is an opportunity like none other to make an impact for the Kingdom by meeting current and immediate needs. This webpage is designed to encourage you with stories of compassion and kindness, provide readings and articles meant to be encouraging and thought provoking, and provide a few potential areas where needs certainly exist. Like Joseph in Genesis 41, maybe the Lord has filled our storehouses “for such a time as this.”
Tim & Team
Thoughtful articles to help navigate the times…
- Andy Crouch, Kurt Keilhacker, and Dave Blanchard (Praxis Journal) – Leading Beyond the Blizzard
- Scott Maxwell (Orlando Sentinel), Orlando Charities Offer Lots of Ways to Help During Coronavirus Crisis
- Robert Nicholson (Wall Street Journal), A Coronavirus Great Awakening
- NCF, 20+ Charities on the Frontline of the CVID-19 Battle
- NCF, 19 Simple Ways to Love your Neighbor
- Lydia Dugdale (First Things.com), The Cure for What Ails Us
- Andy Crouch (Praxis Journal), Love in the Time of Coronavirus
- David Brooks (New York Times), Screw This Virus!
- NCF, The CARES Act: What it means for your giving
Four Local Giving Areas
1. Consider especially vulnerable populations like the homeless and the hungry.
- Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida – Send a grant
Region’s largest shelter provider for needy families.
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida – Send a grant
Region’s largest food provider for needy families.
- Orange County Public Schools – Send a grant
Creates a lifeline for low-income kids who would normally get well-rounded meals at school five days a week.
- Feed the Need – Send a grant (Charity is the 4R Foundation with purpose notes specified for Feed the Need Florida)
4Roots and 4Rivers are coming alongside The Florida Department of Agriculture’s Food Service Program to provide Family Meals for older siblings, parents, grandparents and caretakers.
2. Consider low income, working parents of kids who are home from school.
- United Against Poverty – Send a grant
Perhaps the best run non-profit in Orlando focused on the working poor.
- Heart of Florida United Way – Send a grant
Recently set up special virus-focused fund designed to provide resources as a bridge to help fund families that can normally make ends meet.
- Matthew’s Hope Ministry – Send a grant
Helps turn homeless citizens into skilled employees.
- Community Hope Center – Send a grant
Works with many of the low-wage tourism workers struggling to make ends meet.
- Lift Orlando – Send a grant
Lift Orlando helps residents, businesses and community leaders work together to close the gap for children and families.
3. Consider healthcare workers and our healthcare system.
- Grace Medical Home – Send a grant
Serve the working, uninsured poor in Central Florida, providing comprehensive medical care and a place for patients to feel the love and compassion of Christ.
- Shepherd’s Hope – Send a grant
Largest free and charitable health care clinic in Florida.
4. Consider your local church and other small churches that could use assistance.
- Many churches will face financial challenges as they evolve their ministry model due to social distancing. Please keep our church leaders in your prayers.
- Some smaller churches may not have access to online giving. If you know of a church who needs help with this, please let us know.