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Covid-19 | Ways to Help
The FDA is urging people to make blood donations. Vitalant has four blood donation centers across the state. Call 1-877-258-4825 or go to vitalant.org to make an appointment before you go. Also, if you are sick, do not donate.
Vitalant Blood Donation Centers
- Albuquerque Donor Center
- 1515 University Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87102
- Farmington Donor Center
- 475 E. 20th St. Suite A Farmington, NM 87401
- Rio Rancho Donor Center
- 2003 Southern Blvd. SE Suite 122 Rio Rancho, NM 87124
- Santa Fe Donor Center
- 2801 Rodeo Road Suites C1-C2 Santa Fe, NM 87505
ALTSD & DBHS
The State Aging and Long-Term Services Department announced a partnership with Bernalillo County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services to get much-needed supplies and food to home-bound seniors and disabled people. Starting Monday March 23, the South Valley Multi-Purpose Center, will be a hub for people to drop off donations.
State employees, as well as volunteers, will collect the drive-through donations. Volunteers will sanitize the supplies/packaged, non-perishable food items. Then, volunteers will distribute donations to individuals who are home-bound throughout Bernalillo County.
South Valley Multi-Purpose Center
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Packaged toilet paper
- Toiletries, including deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shaving soap and feminine hygiene products.
- Other non-food items needed are cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer
- Boxed pasta dinners, such as macaroni and cheese
- Needed milk items include powdered milk, boxed puddings and cheese spreads
- Types of grain products to consider include brown rice. Whole grain bread, bagels or muffins can be donated if it has more than 1 week before best use date.
- Oatmeal and boxed cereal highly prefer bagged items that are easily sanitized
- Formula, baby food, and diapers will be accepted as many individuals who are homebound right now are providing care for grandchildren or other dependents
Non-perishable food donations will be accepted at the food bank during business hours. Community members who are ill or experiencing any symptoms of an illness should arrange for another person to deliver food donations to the food bank. As the food bank fleet must remain focused on delivering food, food pickups will not be available. Currently, Roadrunner Food Bank is operating as usual and needs the help and support of volunteers. To learn more about volunteering, visit https://www.rrfb.org/give/give-time/.
The Food Depot helps feed hungry families in northern New Mexico. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are holding food distributions in Santa Fe. To learn more about upcoming food distribution locations visit https://www.thefooddepot.org.
Homeless shelters are still in need of supplies. Please consider donating items to a shelter near you or call to see what items they might need. View list of shelters.
Donate to One Albuquerque Fund, which the city says will be “expediting housing vouchers” for those who are experiencing homelessness.
To donate, visit https://onealbuquerque.org/donate.php.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
City of Albuquerque
CABQ is seeking volunteers to help the community in this time of need. There are numerous volunteer opportunities listed on the city’s website that range from helping at the animal shelter to the Meals on Wheels program.
New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Dept.
The state’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is seeking volunteers to provide food or other aid to seniors in New Mexico. To get involved, email email@example.com with the subject line: “Ready to help.”
CABQ Westside Shelter
Help prepare meals for people staying at the City of Albuquerque’s Westside shelter. A variety of spots are open, sign up by visiting cabq.gov/mealservice.
Santa Fe Food Depot
If you are interested in volunteering at The Food Depot in Santa Fe, please email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, please do not arrive at The Food Depot without starting the intake process.
East Mountain’s Facebook Group
The ‘Covid19 Resources for East Mountains’ group is on Facebook. The 400+ members put together a list of resources from shopping requests to volunteer sign-ups. Additionally, they’ve put together a list of contact information for those in need:
KRQE Cares has three initiatives that are always expanding: Shoes for Kids, Books for Kids, and Food for Kids. Make your donations through the Assistance League of Albuquerque
Silver Horizons helps struggling seniors from Santa Fe to Belen. Their events have been either canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. However, they are still asking for monetary donations so they can help low-income seniors. Visit their website, to donate.
People can make a monetary donation by going online.
People can make a monetary donation by going online.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with local businesses to deliver care packages to those in need. The care packages are for people who cannot leave their homes and will be delivered by uniformed deputies. For example, items needed include toilet paper, paper towels, water, milk and non-perishables. If you need assistance or would like to donate call 505-377-6566.
Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare is asking people to use their time at home to help an animal looking for a home. For example, the shelter wants people to sign up for their new emergency foster program. The program is based on compiling a list of people willing to temporarily take home a shelter pet for the next 4-6 weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Also, the east and westside shelters will be giving people who sign up to foster, food, blankets and toy for the animal.
Covid-19 Testing Sites Statewide
- NM DOH COVID-19 hotline: 1-855-600-3453.
- For information on childcare, loss of income, supplies, food – 1-833-551-0518
- State Department of Aging – 1-800-432-2080
- Resources for Seniors
- School Meals
- New Mexico Out of School Time | Educational Resources
- New Mexico Department of Health
- Announcement: emergency economic relief program
- COVID-19 relief program for New Mexico businesses
- Prevention and Preparedness Resources
- New Mexico Public Education
- Testing & travel guidelines for NM