My friend Jessa (above) was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer toward the beginning of the COVID stay-at-home time. This is her Caring Bridge site and this is her gofundme. If you contribute $10 or more to her GoFundMe or via Venmo at @Jessa-Roquet, forward your email confirmation to and I will send you my poetry chapbook Before Cancer Comes for Me. Also, if you'd like to help her while helping yourself to some new music, you can now pre-order the Quarantine Dream compilation (w/my song Michelangelo recorded with Tommy) here
COVID CARE FUND/MERCY VINEYARD - A great place to donate to help out folks struggling due to COVID-19 impact.
MASKS - To find out how you can help with local efforts in your neighborhood to make sure everyone in MN has a mask that needs one, please go to the Mask Mayday page of Junket: Tossed & Found.
EMOTIONAL CARE FOR KIDS - My friend Keely Mosely from Ireland has the loveliest page on Facebook called Shepherding Lambs Counselling and Training Service. Her posts are insightful and she does offer free trainings on that page from time to time, and counseling appointments can also be booked there (although she is in Ireland so I imagine there would be a time difference to navigate if you are in the U.S.)
FOOD in NE Mpls - Food shelves and meals
COVID CARE FUND - My church - Mercy Vineyard in NE Minneapolis - has funded a COVID Care Fund that we use to help members of our community. As an update - recently this fund has narrowed its focus to assist members of Mercy Vineyard (more specifically) as opposed to the community at large (earlier in the pandemic, I had been able to submit requests for friends in tough situations who did not attend or even affiliate with a faith community, and have those requests approved), with a goal to also increase ability to help those folks have some longer term support where needed.
MASKS in NE Mpls - Betsy Grace Matheson has been working along with local efforts here in NE Mpls to sew masks for those in need of them. She herself is making masks for those whose personal health or job makes them vulnerable (free of charge). Go to BetsyMade.com to learn more!