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 is right there beside them. We have launched this LSC COVID-19 Response Fund and are moving quickly (and with due diligence) to support organizations in the community working to meet the emerging and shifting needs caused by this unprecedented outbreak.
So far, LSC has distributed more than $900,000 in funding to organizations providing food, shelter, medical care or other critical supplies. Learn more about the organizations we’ve funded through our first, second, third and fourth grant rounds.
Watch From the Frontlines, a series of discussions with LSC partner organizations doing this critical work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Activities for homeless individuals in isolation
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless is taking care of the city’s most vulnerable populations and is looking for some activities to help their clients through isolation.
Use your catering budget to feed others
Support local business while feeding the homeless by donating your catering budget to Community Cooks.
Send technology home
Help get technology to people without so students can learn online, adults can find jobs, and seniors can connect with loved ones and doctors.
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.
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.
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.
Offer Career Advice to College Students
With many companies slowing down hiring or pausing summer internships, college students, especially low income college students without a social safety net, are more concerned than ever about their career paths. We are looking for volunteers, either in HR or with insight into career pathways to share their valuable professional experience and networking wisdom with young, talented and capable college students.
You can be a meaningful resource by providing informational interviews, resume reviews and other one-on-one workshops relevant to expanding their knowledge, leading to job search and career success.
Translate Middle School Science Lessons
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.
Create Virtual Tutorials on Using the Internet
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.
Join Food For Free’s Volunteer List
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, Food For Free is mobilizing a volunteer team to make sure our most vulnerable populations still get food. Our efforts are a collaboration between several entities and individuals who are willing to assist in a safe way during this challenging time.
After you fill out this form, you will be notified about specific opportunities to help us pack and distribute food to vulnerable populations.
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.
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.
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
Donate iPads and Other Tablets
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there is an increased need at hospitals for devices to help patients communicate with the world outside.
Hospitals use tablets with video and Internet capability — like iPads — to connect patients with loved ones and provide translation services. Unfortunately, many medical centers have too few of these devices to accommodate their patient populations.
To help address the shortage, we are working with Vor Biopharma to provide new and lightly-used tablets to our hospital partners. Anyone can donate!