Posted on March 23,2020
Last updated: March 31, 2020
As information regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Rochester Downtown Alliance will serve our community by sharing resources and information that may be helpful. Here are ways you can help support the Rochester community, both downtown and throughout the City.
Support local business as you can. Our small businesses are the heart and soul of downtown. RDA is keeping our business listings updated daily. Reach out to email@example.com with updates.
Social distancing is important. But so is being a good neighbor. Introduce yourself and offer to help your neighbor—either those who aren't comfortable leaving their home or those may need assistance—in getting groceries or the essentials. Slip a note under the door with your number and an offer to run errands, if needed.
Be a voice for kindness, positivity, and collaboration. Support those who are doing good.
Direct Volunteer Opportunities: The United Way is hosting a master list of public volunteer opportunities in the community in response to COVID-19.
Financial Contributions: Many organizations are working overtime to meet unprecedented needs in the community. The United Way of Olmsted County and the Rochester Non-profit Consortium may be able to direct you toward the cause the most resonates with you.
If you need a quick place to start:
In Kind Donations: The donation of goods is generally being discouraged because of transmission risks. Please consult organizations’ websites before attempting to donate goods. Cash donations will be most useful in most scenarios.
Laptops: The Rochester Area Youth Tech Foundation is providing laptops to students who do not currently have access to technology at home. If you have computers that fit the following criteria, please consider bringing it to the Rochester Public School superintendent's office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or contacting John Bartucz at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick up. The computers should be from the year 2000 or later.They should be in relatively good working order and have a power cord.
Blood Donations: Mayo Clinic is still in need of blood donations. Please contact them directly for more information.
Professional Assistance: The RDA is seeking attorneys or business continuity experts to help Rochester businesses navigate unemployment insurance, potential state aid, and potential federal aid, both in the immediate and long term. Please contact info@rdowntownalliance if you have expertise in this area and are willing to help.