Community Updates

Guide: Community Updates

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce St. Louis Foundation has partnered with the BJC Healthcare Family and Affinia Healthcare to launch Carryout for La Comunidad. This initiative maximizes donor support by serving two hard-hit communities at once. Carryout for La Comunidad provides economic relief for Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member restaurants by purchasing meals from them for distribution to health care workers and patient’s families in the BJC Hospital system and Affinia Healthcare. 

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has cancelled its 2020 festival season. Ticket-holders can convert their tickets into a tax-deductible donation, a full or partial refund, or a credit to next year’s season. Likewise OTSL’s board of directors has reportedly committed $500,000 to match the dollar value of every ticket donation made through June 30.

American Heart Association: The organization invites you to join a series of virtual conversations focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.
COVID-19 Community Conversation: Friday, April 10 at NoonWe’ll meet virtually with ZOOM as we explore:

  • The American Heart Association’s response to COVID-19
  • What heart diseases and stroke patients and/or survivors should do to protect themselves
  • Tips and strategies to support health and wellness as our community practices social distancing and adheres to the stay at home recommendations
  • Local community resources for testing and volunteering to support COVID-19 control
    Please email your RSVP to Health Strategies Coordinator, Liz Montgomery at Liz.Montgomery@heart.org. Access to the Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

COCAchella—the 2020 edition of COCAcabana scheduled for April 24—has been cancelled, but don’t cross the date off your calendar! COCA plans to host a virtual event. Stay tuned to cocastl.org for more details.

Grand Center Arts District is a home for musicians, artists, creative entrepreneurs, venues, small businesses and nonprofits. The district champions the work of  60+ arts organizations and will continue to bring art to the public during this time of uncertainty. Many St. Louis artists and creative entrepreneurs depend on their work in the district to make a living. Click here for ways you can help and participate.

Stray Rescue of St. Louis is providing free dog and cat food for those who are struggling financially during this time. Email julia@strayrescue.org to schedule a pick-up time. To donate food (open bags are fine) for us to distribute, use our wish list or send to 2320 Pine Street.  strayrescue.org/wish-list

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri remains dedicated to helping individuals and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Individuals who need assistance can call toll-free, 800.444.0514, from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. The online application for help is available anytime at lsem.org/get-help-now. LSEM is not able to accept walk-in requests for assistance at this time due to safety concerns.

Ameren is suspending disconnections for nonpayment and forgiving late payment fees for residential and business clients. Ameren customers who are having difficulty paying their bill can visit ameren.com to learn about payment options.

Spire natural gas customers can contact the company if they are having difficulty paying their bill. Visit spireenergy.com for more information.

Invisible Hands is a nonprofit launched by Yale students. Volunteers deliver groceries and prescriptions to those in need. They also can request other help on the website, invisiblehandsdeliver.com.

Schlafly Beer is donating a majority of the proceeds from Oyster Stout 4-packs to the Gateway Resilience Fund, a new fund from the St. Louis Community Foundation that will provide short term monetary relief to employees and owners of independent bars, restaurants, and shops in the St. Louis area affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. schlafly.com

The Make-A-Wish of Missouri and Kansas Walk for Wishes on April 11 is still on, but it will be a virtual event. Walk wherever you are! Visit mokan.wish.org/walk for more information.

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation develops educational performing arts programs focused on young artists. For updates on various programs and ways to donate, visit foxpacf.org/about-us.

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis is working to connect artists with temporary work and homebound audiences with people who can help:

I Lost My Theatre Gigs resource list and donation site: ilostmytheatregigs.squarespace.com
Freelance Artists Resource List: covid19freelanceartistresource.wordpress.com
St. Louis Service Industry GoFundMe page: bit.ly/2vwWnLS

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