How to Give Back to Houston During COVID-19

Feel like you’re not doing enough to help out during this pandemic? We understand the feeling! There are a number of things you can do to assist those who need it, some without even having to leave your home.

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Houston Food Bank – Hundreds of thousands of people are counting on the organization and its Partners now, and this need will only heighten if the COVID-19 situation worsens.

Houston Zoo Emergency Fund – This is an unprecedented moment in the Houston Zoo’s long history. They’ve closed for three weeks but their team continues to work tirelessly to care for the animals. The Zoo relies on tickets, memberships, and donations to ensure the animals that make your trips to the Zoo so special continue to receive veterinary care and nutritious meals. There has never been a time when your philanthropic support has been more critical.

City of Houston Animal Shelter -BARC is the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through their doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance. They have built a best-in-class team that stewards our mission of professionalism, responsibility, compassion, commitment, integrity, and accountability.

Kids’ Meals Inc – The poverty-stricken are greatly impacted by economic fluctuations. When businesses change operations, and families don’t have work, or reduced hours, or illness, it causes a measurable impact on family income and ability to provide for children.


Houston Food Bank – The food bank needs volunteers to help pack Quarantine Food Kits for Houstonians who do not have reserves of food in the event there is a need.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center – The blood bank is encouraging social distancing and is asking volunteers to make an appointment to prevent overcrowding.

Kids’ Meals Inc – They need 20-100 volunteers every weekday in their kitchen. The majority of children in HoustonISD qualify for free/reduced meals, so when school is not in session their main food source is gone.

Local Businesses

Want to help your favorite local businesses? Restaurants are staying open for pickup and delivery orders! Companies such as UberEats and Grubhub are still delivering. Is the local business you want to support closed for the time being? Go on their website and buy a gift card to use at a later date!