How to help Pittsburghers during the coronavirus pandemic

Updated March 27, 11:05 p.m.

by Pittsburgh news partners

The novel coronavirus is changing how we live and work in very disruptive ways. 

These organizations are helping to provide food, money, and other assistance to those impacted by the shutdowns.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

Food assistance:

Financial assistance:

Supporting affected workers and businesses:

  • Tip directly to service workers whose livelihoods are hurting with this virtual tip jar. 
  • Support local artists through the Pittsburgh Artist Emergency Fund, which provides up to $250 to help with rent, bills, food and other essentials.  
  • Donate refunds you receive from canceled performances, at the request of the Pittsburgh Stage Employee Bailout, if you can.
  • Donate money to help hourly workers who won’t get paid during the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • Donate money to a fund that will provide small stipends to restaurant workers in the Greater Pittsburgh region. The group hopes to provide $150 to workers who apply on an as-needed basis.

Helping youth:

Helping seniors:

  • Check in on a senior buddy or help if they get sick as part of the Lawrenceville/Bloomfield/Garfield “Buddy” System. 
  • Drive for South West Meals On Wheels. Volunteers are needed as many of the volunteers are seniors who have been encouraged to stay home. Kitchen help is also needed. 
  • Call to check on seniors you know who may be feeling isolated or fearful. Also follow CDC and WHO guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
  • Send a note or a card that will be shared with residents, patients and team members of the Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. 
  • Volunteer to assist with deliveries and to make friendly phone calls to seniors.



  • Donate paper products, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and hand soap to the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Contact Kristin Brown at [email protected] Or make a monetary donation.
  • Northside residents can volunteer to be a buddy. The program allows residents to seek a “buddy” who will check on and help care for them if they get sick.
  • Help animals in need by making a monetary donation or donating pet supplies to any of the following: the Humane Animal Rescue, the Pittsburgh Cat, Animal Friends, Hello Bully.
  • Donate gloves, masks, disinfecting wipes or spray, a forehead thermometer, hand sanitizer and non-perishable food items to POWER House, a residential facility providing addiction treatment for women in Allegheny County. Secure pick-up/drop-off of donations can be arranged by calling 412-760-4602 or emailing [email protected]
  • Let your neighbors know if you’re making a grocery trip and ask if they have any essentials you can pick up and leave at their door.

The Incline, NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh City Paper, Kidsburgh and PublicSource collaborated to build this resource. Email [email protected] with suggested additions to this list.

If you appreciate work like this, please consider supporting us as a member! Head here to learn more.