El Paso Community Foundation: Ways to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 virus proliferates around the world, it is likely that we will see it here in our Borderplex Region very soon.

Local, state and federal health officials will guide us through the largest part of it, and we urge you to practice good public hygiene, as outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is a world view of the proliferation of the virus.

In the wake of a lot of panic surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the El Paso Community Foundation reached out to many area nonprofit organizations who are dealing with the social and economic effects of the emergency: from hunger and nutrition to care for the elderly, childcare, etc.

We are happy to connect you to some of them— click here to email us — for contact information. The El Paso Community Foundation encourages you to donate to these and other organizations.

If you would like to donate to help people around the country through the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, click here.

On a personal note, I was raised in newsrooms at KVIA and KTSM TV here in El Paso. It was a grind of daily crisis management, and we were witness to a lot of personal tragedy.

A mentor in broadcast journalism once told me, “To find the real story, sometimes you have to turn your back on the fire, and look around.”

Now is an important time to look around to help those who may be affected more than you, to stock up on the things you need, and to support our community of direct service providers.

The Foundation’s best course of action is to assist you. I am available by phone or email, and Foundation staff can provide you with further information. We are not going to ask you for money.

Our role — here and now — is to stay focused on our community.

Eric Pearson
President / CEO El Paso Community Foundation