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City launches ‘How to Help’ portal

Monday, June 22, 2020 by Tai Moses

The city has launched an online hub to connect volunteers and donors to local organizations responding to community needs created by Covid-19. The “How to Help” campaign brings together nonprofits, faith-based groups and government programs with volunteers and donors who want to contribute. Mayor Steve Adler said in a news release about the effort, “Frequently in our past, it’s the volunteers and donors that get us through uncertain times. Covid-19 is one of the biggest challenges we’ve ever had to face. By pooling resources together, everyone can be part of the response and recovery in ways that speak to them.” Council Member Jimmy Flannigan added, “So many of our citizens need help, right now. And so many willing and able nonprofit and faith-based partners want to help but need the resources to make it effective and safe. The city of Austin can be a bridge in the community: linking folks who want to help with our public service partners who can best meet needs.” The campaign comes at a time when Covid-19 cases in the region appear to be on the rise. According to CNBC, Austin is among the top five urban areas experiencing the fastest Covid-19 case growth in the past week. Community members who want to participate may visit the portal, review the listings from local organizations and sign up with one that matches their interests and abilities, or make a contribution online.

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