How you can give back to your community during COVID-19

  In April, unemployment rates spiked to nearly 15% and many people who didn’t lose their job have taken large pay cuts. During this crisis, it is more important than ever for people to help those who are in need. While there are many philanthropies around Wake County that take donations, here are 3 options where you can give back to the community. 

   The Food Bank of North Carolina has distribution centers around the state where people of all ages can access nutritious food. You could host a traditional food drive and collect factory-sealed non-perishables products, frozen food, and other essentials like hygiene products or paper products. Those donations can be taken to the Raleigh Headquarters at 1924 Capital Boulevard from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. On their website,, you can donate 10 meals with every dollar you donate and find information about volunteering. 

   Each year, the Diaper Train distributes about 500,000 diapers to low income families around Wake County. They take donations of diapers, wipes and board books. You can help by hosting a diaper drive in your community or donating diapers by yourself.  On their website,, you can find their Amazon Wishlist, mailing address for checks, and information about volunteer opportunities. 

   The Salvation Army accepts donations at 4025 Wake Forest Road and 205 Tryon Road Monday through Friday. They are in need of clothes- especially winter coats, hats and gloves- books, furniture, shoes, household items, small appliances, linens and more. You can find location hours, a list of items they do not accept, and information about online donations at their website,

   Whether you have old clothes to get rid of, food you aren’t going to eat, a community that wants to give or time that you can volunteer, there is a way for you to give back and help out those who are struggling right now.