How can I help?
As many local organizations limit hands-on volunteering for the health and safety of their staff and constituents, financial support becomes even more critical. One of the most important ways you can help is through monetary donations.
We recommend donating to the Marietta Community Foundation, who is working with a network of local organizations to address three major areas of concern; protecting our vulnerable population, access to food, and supporting our youth.
Support their COVID-19 Community Plan here: https://www.mcfohio.org/news/mcf-covid-19-community-plan-support-our-food-pantries
We also encourage directing resources to the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FUND https://app.mobilecause.com/form/MdlDfw?vid=6ajl4
Or to the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation’s Safety Net Fund (supports basic and emergency needs) and/or Hunger Fund (addresses food insecurity). Donate online at https://www.pacfwv.com/Donate-Now?fn=Safety+Net+Fund or by mailing a check payable to “PACF” to PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV 26102-1762.
You can always donate directly to your favorite nonprofit, including those listed below.
Support local businesses
Order take-out or delivery meals from local restaurants (https://www.mariettamainstreet.org/blog/2020/3/20/takeout-blitz-a-digital-guide-to-dine-local ) , shop online (https://clutchmov.com/distance-socially-shop-locally/ ), and purchase gift cards for later use.
Donations to Marietta Main Street (https://www.mariettamainstreet.org/donate) will support long-term business recovery.
Local businesses can find information complied by Marietta Main Street, Marietta-Washington County CVB, and Marietta Chamber of Commerce here: https://www.mariettamainstreet.org/blog/2020/3/19/covid-19-local-resource-guide
Clutch MOV has several suggestions on their Support Local with Bingo page.
Gospel Mission is running low on many staple items, including flour, sugar, salt, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, pancake mix, instant potatoes, oats, mac&cheese, soups, ramen noodles, tuna.
Organizations or businesses that have food on-site that is at risk for going bad with reduced staff in the office, Harvest of Hope can distribute that to food pantries.
Most local Pantries are accepting donations of food, as well as monetary donations. If you are not sure where or how to donate items, feel free to contact us and we’ll help connect you to someone in your area.
Local organizations are running low on disinfecting wipes and sanitizing cleansers as well as hand sanitizer. If you are in the Mid-Ohio Valley and have some of these that you can spare, please let us know via the webform and we can help get them to organizations who have requested additional supplies.
Marietta Main Street and Clutch MOV encourage donations of sanitized books to the Little Free Libraries located throughout the area. If you would like help figuring out where/how to donate books, let us know.
Activities for Seniors
The O'Neill Senior Center has had to close its doors to the public/ community seniors due to COVID-19 response measures. There are many senior citizens that will not have the daily activities and interaction that they have come to depend on. The senior center would like to send our activity kits (think adult blizzard bag) for the home-bound seniors. If you would like to donate money or puzzles, adult coloring books, colored pencils, pencil sharpeners or other materials for these bags, please call the center directly at 740-373-3914. They are also taking food donations.
The United Way Alliance of the Mid Ohio Valley is helping nonprofits get set up for virtual meetings and services. Their need right now is 2 webcams to be donated or that they be able to borrow for the foreseeable future.
Local students who need to switch to distance learning are looking for laptops that they can borrow. If you have some to donate or loan, let us know and we’ll help connect you with those looking.
Hygiene and Medical Supplies
The United Way is also collecting alcohol prep pads, alcohol to be distributed for the insulin-dependent.
Washington County EMA is accepting donation in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The County is encouraging medical practices such as veterinary clinics, dentists, elective surgery centers and other non-essential medical providers to donate surplus Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support first responders and critical operations in responding to COVID-19 Pandemic. Items can be dropped off at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at 204 Davis Ave Suite c Marietta, OH 45750. We will be open to receive donations starting Wednesday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The following items will be accepted: N-95 masks, Surgical masks, Gowns, Eye protection, Face shields, Nitrile gloves, Disinfecting wipes, Hand sanitizer. For addition information or questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer –Safe and Smart!
We recommend complying with all stay-at-home orders, venturing out only for essential services, practicing social distancing, and not being in contact with others at all if you are a high-risk population or in close contact with high risk folks
Please keep in mind that most nonprofits and community organizations, including schools, are working to implement CDC and state recommendations and therefore strictly limiting volunteering and face to face services. Do not show up to volunteer or bring donated items without checking ahead with the nonprofit.
With that in mind, some essential community services need volunteers—including those who typically rely on older community members to fill these volunteer roles. If you feel you are able to volunteer safely, here are some community requests:
All locations: Blood Donation
Red Cross, Local Chapters need a CONSISTENT supply of blood every single day due to shelf life. People in any location can go to one of the following to find a blood drive and make an appointment to give blood (https://www.redcrossblood.org/) or call 800-red-cross or download the red cross blood donor app. Please note, you MUST make an appointment. Due to social distancing, they can not take walk-ins. Our local representative asks that everyone is patient with them and not get discouraged if you do not see a drive near you. Once the appointments are full, the drive disappears from the schedule and they will schedule another.
Washington County: Harvest of Hope Drivers:
The Marietta Community Foundation is partnering with Washington County Harvest of Hope to make the deliveries of donated food to local pantries. Harvest of Hope relies on volunteers to drive and distribute food. Unfortunately, most of their volunteers are older and considered vulnerable. They are looking for additional volunteers to become trained as drivers. If you are interested in this, complete the two forms below and get in touch with Harvest of Hope directly; or let us know and we’ll help connect you.
Marietta: Facility Support:
We may have local organizations that will become Pandemic Emergency Shelters or Childcare providers. This requires them to clean and sanitize the facility constantly. They may be able to benefit from volunteers providing this service or helping to distribute snacks/lunch. If you are interested in helping out with this, let us know and we’ll get your contact information to share with providers as needs arise.
At Home Local Projects: Mask Making
The United Way, as well as the BB2C Makerspace, are collecting contact information of folks who would be willing to help with supplemental PPE production using their own sewing machines and/or 3D printers. If you would like to be included on a list of volunteers who can help with this effort, let us know and we’ll put you in contact.
Virtual Volunteering with National Nonprofits
Many national technology-based nonprofits have virtual volutneering opportunities available. The organization Fast Forward has several links to current opportunities here https://www.ffwd.org/volunteer/
Keep Civically Engaged!
Ohio Primary Election: It's not too late to vote in the Ohio Primary Election that was postponed from March 17th. Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced on Wednesday, March 25th, that the Ohio General Assembly has enacted a plan to extend voting by mail April 28th.
Absentee ballot requests may be submitted by downloading the request form at voteohio.gov and mailed into county board of elections offices. Absentee ballot requests must be received three days prior to the election, ballots themselves postmarked on or before April 28th. No in-person voting will occur. Email the Office of Civic Engagement, email@example.com with any questions!
United States Census: The Census is required to be done every 10 years and will go on as planned despite the virus. Further, the Census is modifying operations to ensure health and safety, but they fully plan to complete on schedule, by July 31, 2020. An important note the majority of Marietta College students will be as part of Group Quarters living and counted as such; it is very important that students be counted in their residence hall address. There are three options for being counted: eResponse, paper listings, or the drop-off/pick-up method. At this point, the eResponse option is likely the best option. Below are some resources/example on another school's awareness-raising:
Contact Your Legislators: To share your feedback about priorities and needs. Find your legislator: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials . Contact the Office of Civic Engagement for templates, ideas, and help in knowing how to effectively reach out to your representatives.
Mid-Ohio Valley Representatives:
- Senator Brown – https://www.brown.senate.gov/contact/email
- Senator Portman - https://www.portman.senate.gov/meet/contact
- Congressman Johnson - https://billjohnson.house.gov/contact/
- Senator Capito- https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion
- Senator Manchin -https://www.manchin.senate.gov/contact-joe/email-joe
- Congressman McKinley https://mckinley.house.gov/contact/
Resources for Nonprofits through Marietta College:
In addition to sharing needs, information, and requests, we encourage all local nonprofit organizations to access free, ongoing capacity-building support through the Office of Civic Engagement’s Nonprofits LEAD program.
- Here is the link to the Nonprofits LEAD facebook page with information/links: https://www.facebook.com/NonprofitsLEAD/
- Here is link to nonprofit leader roundtable zoom meeting Wednesdays at 3pm: https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/798027982
- Here is the calendly link to schedule a call with Nonprofits LEAD/Amy Elliott: https://calendly.com/amynonprofitslead/30-minute-call-one-on-one-with-amy
- Here is our survey monkey for anonymous requests for services: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPL-COVID-19
Nonprofit LEAD services are offered by Marietta College in partnership with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, Sisters Health Foundation, Bernard McDonough Foundation, Ross Foundation, and Marietta Community Foundation.
Other updates from local organizations
(please use the webform above to update or add your information!)
Gospel Mission Food Pantry: [updated 03/31/20]Gospel Mission Food Pantry has immediate needs for donations locally, as they are running very low on everything. Items that go quickly include: flour, sugar, salt, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, cereal, pancake mix, instant potatoes, oats, mac&cheese, soups, ramen noodles, tuna. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and much needed.
- Marietta Main Street: [updated 03/25/20] is focusing on collecting and sharing resources along with local programming, they will work to offer financial and technical assistance and programming this summer and beyond. No need for volunteers right now, but ongoing need for monetary contributions and directly supporting local businesses through your purchases.
- EVE, Inc.: [updated 03/27/20] Operations are continuing. Donations of disinfecting cleaning wipes and also of baby wipes are appreciated.
- Marietta Area Recycling Center: [updated 03/25/20] Recycling center is closed down temporarily to protect the volunteers as well as the public. Once the center is reopened, volunteers will be needed.
- Habitat for Humanity: [updated 03/25/20] All activities currently on hold, including building and ReStore operation. Donations always welcome: https://habitatmov.com/
- O’Neill Center: [updated 03/25/20] Currently not running any programs, but providing blizzard bags to seniors and delivery and well-checks.
- GoPacks: [updated 03/25/20] Working with local drop off sites to provide meals while schools are closed. Limiting volunteers right now to “bare minimum” to minimize contact, but taking donations. Monetary preferred (vs. food items), but either accepted. https://gopacks4kids.org
- Boys and Girls Club of Washington County: [updated 03/25/20] Programming currently on hold. Cleaning supplies will be helpful as operations resume.
- Marietta Family YMCA: [updated 03/31/20] The YMCA are a Pandemic Childcare Center. Can use cash donations but don't need other donations at this time. Providing virtual and online fitness and engagement resources.
- Ely Chapman: [updated 03/27/20] Ely Chapman Education Foundation has a Pandemic Child Care license and hopes to open for 12 children from essential health care industry parents/guardians on April 6, 2020. Watch on Facebook and WTAP for final start date.
- United Way’s 211 Information services: [updated 03/25/20] 211 calls are up 376% ; referral and information services remain available. http://www.wv211.org/