A directory of fundraisers for Austin bars, venues, restaurants, and service businesses that can use our help to support their staff during the state-mandated shutdown. A work-in-progress.Suggest an addition →
Featured: COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO
Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.
Resources & Info
Normally TXschools.gov is used to find school performance information. In the wake of coronavirus, you can also use it to find free school meal pick-up locations near you.
- Coronavirus Austin
A community resource on the COVID-19 Austin Area Response.
KUT has put together this resource on navigating unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Austin Spirit
RESOURCES FOR AUSTIN SERVICE INDUSTRY AFFECTED BY COVID-19 CLOSURES
- Austin Restaurants Takeout & Parking Guide
The city of Austin has converted converted paid on-street parking spaces in front of restaurants into free customer pick-up zones, allowing customers access to restaurants who don't have parking lots or drive-thru services. This is a map of those pick-up zones.
Online service offering free website services and assistance setting up takeout/delivery for any restaurant for the next six months.
- Takeout Tracker
This project aims to track restaurants that are open during the COVID-19 health crisis.
- City of Austin
The Austin - Travis County landing page for resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic for the city of Austin.
- Other Ones Foundation
Food Bag Drive for people experiencing homelessness
- Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! is also looking for people to foster animals. People can adopt pets or make monetary or in-kind donations.
- We Are Blood
The area blood supply is extremely threatened due to the impact of COVID-19 on blood drives and donor traffic. Consider donating!
- Austin Animal Center
Austin Animal Center is closed to the public now due to COVID-19 concerns. The center is not completing adoptions during the closure but is still looking for people to foster animals. Its goal is to get at least 50% of shelter animals into foster homes during the closure.
National Support Funds
- Meals on Wheels
Delivers nutritious meals to the country’s most vulnerable seniors. Donations will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel and enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated elderly recipients.
- Southern Smoke Fund
The Southern Smoke Foundation Emergency Relief Fund provides funding to individuals in the food and beverage industry who are in crisis.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
Directs money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community and provides zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or reopen once the crisis has passed. It will establish a relief fund for individual restaurant workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of covid-19.
- Salvation Army
Ensures people have access to food, shelter and child care through its nationwide network. Outreach includes drive-through food pickups, community-based food delivery through canteens and meals at Salvation Army facilities. It also provides snacks and hydration to first responders.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund
Supports nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations.
- Feeding America
With a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries, donations to its covid-19 response fund will help food banks across the country support the most vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic.
- CDC Foundation
Donate to the emergency response fund to enable the CDC to respond to covid-19.
- Team Rubicon
Mobilizes military veterans to help people respond to and recover from disasters. During the covid-19 crisis, the organization is helping local, state and federal partners deliver food, water and shelter; run testing sites; staff call centers; and transport cruise ship passengers who have completed their mandatory quarantine at home.
- Feed the Children
orks with thousands of partner agencies across the country including food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and churches.
- Direct Relief
Works in the United States and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with lifesaving medical resources. The organization is delivering protective masks, exam gloves and isolation gowns to health care organizations in areas with confirmed covid-19 cases.
- United Way Worldwide
Supports communities struggling in the wake of the virus by supporting local United Ways and the 211 network, a free emergency support service helping people in crisis. Funds distributed to local United Ways help with everything from connecting families to food pantries to aiding those experiencing financial hardships due to lost wages.
Local Support Funds
- Alamo Drafthouse Family Fund
created to help employees who are facing financial hardship immediately after a natural disaster or an unforeseen personal hardship.
- The Red River Cultural District (RRCD) Banding Together
The Red River Cultural District (RRCD) is Banding Together with the Austin live music community to support the venue workers, musicians, creatives, service industry and production workers that rely on regular programming and continual income to survive.
- AISD Crisis Support Fund
An effort to support our school communities by supplementing access to food services, health programs and remote learning.
- Central Texas Food Bank
The Central Texas Food Bank anticipates a dramatic increase in need for our services in the coming weeks and months. Consider donating.
- Austin Community Foundation's Stand With Austin Fund
The Stand With Austin Fund was established in partnership with the Entrepreneurs Foundation to receive charitable donations to support nonprofits assisting individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW and least able to recover on their own.
- Austin Creative Alliance
A fund to help artists in Greater Austin maintain their personal and financial stability in these uncertain times.
- Austin Virtual Tip Jar
A maintained spreadsheet of service industry workers requesting support in this time.