LSC COVID-19 Response Fund

With so much uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is clear. The most vulnerable among us—the homeless, those living in poverty, and students—are being hit the hardest. 

Our nonprofit partners are already on the ground helping in the following ways:

  • Distributing food to students who are missing out on free lunch due to school closures;
  • Providing medical care to the homeless and giving them a bed when they are sick;
  • Ensuring learning continuity for students, and;
  • Helping families missing out on a paycheck to survive

Life Science Cares will be right there beside them. We have launched this LSC COVID-19 Response Fund and are calling on you to give generously and help us in amplifying our message to your network. Through this fund, LSC will award flexible grants to our 27 partner organizations and others in the community tirelessly working to meet the emerging and shifting needs caused by this unprecedented outbreak. 

Read about the first grants we’ve made to community organizations responding to the crisis.

We are in regular communications with our partners and, as is the LSC way, we will shape our response based on their needs and where gaps in support might arise. We will continue to update our website with specific needs and volunteer opportunities from our partners and communicate them with our network.

We are committed to transparency in our giving and 100% of contributions to this fund will go to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our neighbors in need. 100% of this and any contribution to Life Science Cares goes to our partners and into the community.

 To donate by check, make your check payable to Life Science Cares with COVID-19 Fund in the memo field and mail to:

Life Science Cares

PO Box 425486

Cambridge, MA 02142

 For information on how to donate via Wire transfer, Stock transfer or ACH payment, please contact Christine Casalini at christine@lifesciencecares.org

Hospital Volunteer Database

Our colleagues at Greater Boston’s hospitals have been working 24/7 to care for patients since the COVID-19 crisis took hold of our city a few weeks ago, and are preparing to see unprecedented numbers of patients requiring hospital care. They’re asking for our help.

As the disease spreads and, sadly, as more medical professionals fall ill, hospitals are seeking volunteers from our biotech industry with all levels of experience and training who would be willing to step up when the need arises.

Whether you have any clinical or medical training (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) or could help in non-clinical aspects of healthcare, please fill out this survey.

The information will be shared with hospitals if and when they need additional support.

Our industry has always been focused on saving lives. Now it’s more urgent than ever. Thank you in advance for signing up!

Cleaning supplies for homeless shelters

If you have any access to disinfectant supplies, or see any at the store, please consider bringing them to the homeless shelter nearest you.

Soap for Kids & Families

Through a network of 100 community partners, Hope & Comfort distributes basic hygiene products to 50,000 youth and families in need across Greater Boston each year. They are stepping up a rapid response to increased requests for soap and you can help. Shop off this wishlist and soap will be distributed ASAP.

Bridge the healthy food gap at CASPAR

CASPAR’s Kendall Square homeless shelter relies heavily on volunteers and donations of food from companies and other nonprofits to feed it’s guests everyday. For at least the next month, CASPAR will not be bringing in volunteer groups for Cookin’ with CASPAR, but they still need healthy meal sponsors! Please donate here and note “LSC Food Gift” to ensure CASPAR’s guests continue to have access to healthy, high-quality meals.

Soap for Homeless Shelters

Circle of Hope provides clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to homeless shelters across Greater Boston. They are also seeing a significant increase in requests for soap to ensure guests in the close quarters of a homeless shelter are able to take the necessary precautions to keep themselves healthy. Shop off of this wishlist and soap will be distributed ASAP.

Shifting to Online Learning for Training Programs

Project Hope (which serves low-income women and families) is preparing to suspend the in-person workforce and ESOL classes they host, and are hoping to move courses online. Because many students do not have the technology needed for this, Project Hope is looking for 30 Chromebooks for current students so that classes can continue.  If you have a laptop or Chromebook you can donate, please email amber@lifesciencecares.org. You can purchase a new Chromebook off this wishlist.

Support Displaced College Students

The Wily Network supports promising college students who are experiencing life challenges such as homelessness or foster care, or whose parents may be dealing with addiction, mental health issues, or incarceration– students who are trying to get through college on their own. The Wily Network is confirming housing for each Scholar as colleges close, but have asked for our support as students will need food and access to transportation over the next few weeks at least. Shop off our wishlist to send support.

Provide Healthcare for the Homeless

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless is working diligently to screen, test, isolate, and care for people experiencing homelessness who are affected by the virus. Their 124-bed medical respite program has transformed to accommodate as many as 30-40 persons with coronavirus infection, and they are working with their shelter partners to screen and find suitable places to send those who may be at risk and should not be in the large shelter settings. They are creating a mobile 24/7 team to respond to any questions or problems. BHCHP will engineer their network of clinics throughout the shelters, in Boston Medical Center and MGH, as well as our direct care on the streets and through home visits, to include telemedicine and phone calls as much as possible.

If you are able to provide support to help with the unanticipated expenses needed to respond to this unprecedented public health pandemic, we would be so grateful. If you wish to donate to our COVID-19 Response Fund, please go to their website and comment LSC in your donation.

NEEDED: STEM Professionals for virtual STEM Chats with students

We’re working with our partners at BoSTEM to provide virtual STEM Chats for middle and high school students in the Greater Boston area! We’re looking for STEM professionals to participate in 30-45 minute web-based sessions where you will be able to share about your job and career pathway, as well as answer questions from students. BoSTEM will provide scheduling, training and facilitation of the STEM chats. You can participate on your own, or in a group.

For more details or to sign up, please fill out the BoSTEM form here. ALSO, please put “LSC” in the box for other comments or questions so we can keep track of our efforts.

NEEDED: Database or Information Architecture Expertise

Household Goods needs a new tool for client information & scheduling. LSC has a list of the needs and will facilitate this effort, but we need tech talent & support! Email Amber to sign up 

NEEDED: Web Design Experience

Science from Scientists has moved their STEM curriculum online, but are looking for a Web Designer to help us make this page artful, functional, and user-friendly as they continue to develop, add, and push out resources over the next few weeks to months. Identify an appropriate layout to showcase all emerging resources and make it intuitive for families to navigate to options by age or topic. The website is built on WordPress, managed remotely by a web development firm, and maintained by a staff member at SfS who has access to a library of graphic elements and images. Email Amber to sign up

NEEDED: Translation Support

Science from Scientists has uploaded their entire STEM catalog of activities to their website for Boston Public School kids, but needs help translating these documents into other languages to ensure everyone in their network has access to them. They are specifically looking for volunteers that speak Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Somali, and Hmong. 

Sign up

NEEDED: Basic Tech Support Knowledge

Tech Goes Home is providing low-income families and individuals with laptops and digital literacy recordings to help them access the resources they need right now, such as unemployment and virtual doctors visits. You can help by creating a video tutorial, subtitling/translating an existing video, or creating a PDF tutorial. (TGH will provide significant support in scripting and creating these lessons. No advanced technology expertise required!)

Video project: Create a video tutorial to show how to reach essential goods and services through the internet. Topics may include: ordering groceries via Instacart, accessing health information, reaching out to a doctor, filing for unemployment, and completing the census online. 

Subtitling: Translate subtitles of existing videos into another language- all languages needed.

PDF Tutorials: Create instructional PDF tutorials that show how to use important websites and apps.

Sign up

Volunteer at home with your family

Room to Grow offers structured coaching, material goods, and community connections to support parents of young children as they activate their natural strengths and expand their knowledge, so children thrive from the start. You can support them, and keep your family entertained, by making a No Sew Fleece Blanket at home. Simply order the blanket here, make it together, and drop it off with Life Science Cares at a later date.

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with items they need to thrive. You can support them by making Well Wish Notes with inspirational messages to be sent home with their Kid Packs of basic necessities. All you need is some index cards, art supplies and some inspiration to brighten someone’s day. Once you are done, you can mail them to us or email Amber to coordinate. 

Use your professional skills

Help support our partners from behind the scenes by supporting their infrastructure and growth. We are looking for professionals with experience in IT, Legal, marketing, project management, graphic design, and more to help on some skills based strategic support. Projects are both long and short term and will be matched and scoped based on your interest. Fill out this form to join our database. 

Offering virtual tutoring and lessons to kids out of school

We are working with our education based nonprofit partners to set up some virtual learning opportunities for their students and are looking for volunteers of all backgrounds to support us. Sign up now to join our distribution lists when we have opportunities available.

Massachusetts Life Sciences Emergency Supply Hub

We’re asking every life sciences and healthcare organization to consider how they may be able to help, specifically in donating personal protection equipment (PPE), lab, testing, or diagnostics supplies, to combat COVID-19.

The State has set up a portal for anyone seeking to donate supplies.

Fill Out the State’s COVID-19 Donation Form

This information will be shared directly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) who are coordinating all donations and working directly with the Department of Public Health to triage all requests for supplies.

In addition, if you are looking to sell supplies to the state, please fill out this separate form. Those who are interested in adapting your business to produce PPE, please reach out to the Manufacturing Emergency Response