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How to help local nonprofit entities and community organizations

While we have compiled numerous ways to support our downtown businesses during this ever-changing time, there are also a number of nonprofit entities, community organizations, and fundraisers that also need help. Beyond this list, Raleigh Convergence is also maintaining a list of community needs and ways to help throughout the region. Think Local Raleigh also has an extensive website devoted to resources, community needs, and other ways to help.

We will continue to update this list as new information arises. If you have something to add, please contact

LAST UPDATE: Monday, September 14



NC Artist Relief Fund - A collaboration between Artspace, PineCone, Theatre Raleigh, United Arts Council, and VAE Raleigh

This fund has been created to support creative individuals who have been financially impacted by gig cancellations due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 100% of donated funds will go directly to artists and arts presenters in North Carolina. Musicians, visual artists, actors, DJ’s, dancers, teaching artists, filmmakers, comedians, and other creative individuals and arts presenters are experiencing widespread cancellations due to this global pandemic. Many North Carolina artists rely on markets, performances, classes, and exhibitions in order to pay the bills directly aligned with their costs of living.

The NC Artist Relief Fund is managed by VAE Raleigh, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund - A partnership between the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center and the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (formerly the Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund)

North Carolina restaurants and hotels provide jobs for more than 550,000 or our state’s citizens which comprises 13% of our state’s workforce. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the shutdown of in-house dining, travel and lodging stays, the majority of the hospitality workforce has lost their jobs, their income, their entire livelihood through no fault of their own.

The NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund has been established and will be managed through the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that has provided financial assistance to hospitality employees and students for more than a decade.

The goal of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers, and others who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and suddenly find themselves in distress.


Raleigh Music Venue Employee Fund - From The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop to benefit employees at The Pour House, Kings, Slim's Downtown, Lincoln Theatre, and The Wicked Witch.

The fund is aiming to raise $9600 per week in order to pay $200 a week to venue employees at the above Downtown Raleigh venues. With mandatory closures until April 30, they have a lot of money to raise. If you are able to, please contribute. They are actively looking for an angel to come in and match the funds we raise on behalf of their employees.


Feed the Soul - NCHF COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund

The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation (NCHF) COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with locally owned restaurants in communities across the state to provide meals to healthcare heroes who are on the front lines of caring for patients and communities in this pandemic. This effort will both nourish the bodies and souls of physicians, nurses and other healthcare heroes and boost local economies during a time of acute need.

They will initially focus on communities where the virus is hitting hardest, activating the program in other communities across the state as community interest and resources allow. 

There are two ways in which you can help:

  1. Purchase nutritious meals through our established partnerships with local restaurants in your community to be provided to healthcare professionals.
  2. Write a note of appreciation that will be included with your purchase to show moral support and encouragement to healthcare professionals at the front line of this pandemic here.

100% of your donation will go to support local restaurants and feed a healthcare hero.


Purchases for a Cause

NC Food & Beverage Hat - The guys behind the NC Food & Bev Podcast are selling hats for $30 with proceeds going to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund. 

Support Small Collection from CK Creations - This exclusive collection embodies favorite designs in different colors. Designed with the intention to support local businesses in NC affected by the pandemic. 20% of the proceeds will benefit other small businesses and makers in NC.


Nonprofit & Community Organizations

Oak City Cares - in need of specific donations for weekend meal service

Individually-wrapped products are easiest for distribution: Pop-top cans, Beanee Weenees, potted meats, Vienna sausages, Spam, Treet meat, deviled ham, Chef Boyardee products, pop-top soups, pudding, jello cups, peanuts, Slim Jims, crackers, cereal/breakfast bars, raisins, dried fruit snacks, trail mix, Pop Tarts, bottled waters

In need of the following supplies: Brown paper lunch bags, napkins, individually-wrapped hand wipe packets, Ziploc bags, serving gloves (latex & powder free), plastic to-go flatware, disinfecting wipes & spray

If you prefer to make a financial donation to help with needed supplies, you can do so at Many of their needed items are also on their Amazon Wish List.

Raleigh Rescue Mission

As a transitional program for those experiencing homelessness here in the Raleigh area, there are several areas of needs during this pandemic crisis:

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle - 6,000 Canned Fruits and Vegetables Needed Each Week

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is in desperate need of canned fruits and vegetables to continue its production of emergency food boxes. The Food Shuttle has been distributing approximately 1,500 food boxes and BackPack Buddies each week in their seven-county service area since the onset of COVID-19.  They anticipate that they will need approximately 6,000 canned fruits and vegetables per week to continue at this pace. Learn more about no-contact drop-offs and their most needed items on their website. You can also donate to them directly if you prefer. 

Shepherd's Table

Donate canned food, provide a financial donation or volunteer to support this organization in need. 


Artspace has experienced a significant loss of income from canceled programming, fundraising events, and rent. While their doors may be closed, they are providing many resources and ways for people to engage with their exhibitions and education programs online. There are a number of ways you can support Artspace to ensure they can open their doors again when it is safe to do so:

Purchases for a Cause - Artspace is hosting a fundraising exhibition of North Carolina artists. 70% of the sale of work goes directly to the artist and 30% supports Artspace's exhibition and education programs. 


Vintage Church Opportunities - Vintage Church is keeping a running list of opportunities to support our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Stand in the Gap: Neighborhood Fund