Helping the Helpers During Covid-19

Under the HDS Master of Divinity degree program, many students serve through field education as intern chaplains in healthcare settings, throughout the greater Boston area and the country. The current novel coronavirus crisis acutely affects all those working on the front linesdoctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, and all those in supportive roles.

Below is a resource bank of ways to support the frontline workers in our field education sites. Although our students are no longer serving in these sites, we hope our community can express its heartfelt appreciation to them. We are providing addresses or links to offer cards of support, money, blood donation, and more.

This site will be updated as needs change, so please be sure to check it regularly.

Hospitals 

Mount Auburn Hospital  

  • Cards for patients and healthcare workers can be sent to Administration Office Mount Auburn Hospital; 330 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.  

  • To donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), contact Katy Keches at kkeches@mah.org

  • Monetary donations can be made on the Mount Auburn Hospital Emergency Response webpage.

Massachusetts General Hospital 

Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Boston Medical Center 

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

  • Make a gift to Healthcare Heroes Fund, Vaccine Research Fund, or connect to donate supplies and equipment. 

Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

Beverly Hospital 

Dana Farber Cancer Institute 

Spaulding Hospital, Cambridge 

Emerson Hospital, Concord 

  • Donate masks, gowns, eye protection, sanitizer, digital thermometers, exam gloves, monetary support, homemade face shields, 3D printer face shields to Emerson Hospital’s How You Can Help page. 

  • Volunteers are asked to leave a note of encouragement in the "comment" section when making their donation. 

Community Organizations 

Frontline Food (The COVID Clinician Meal Support Program) supports healthcare workers with healthy meals from local kitchens. With your support, a network of grassroots volunteers work with restaurants, hospitals and other medical facilities to feed those working on the frontline. Donate money and/or volunteer to feed frontline workers.

The Boston Resiliency Fund provides food to Boston's children, families and seniors; technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning; supports first responders, front-line workers and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their job and promote public health.

Mutual Aid Networks coordinates a variety of efforts that serve the local community. Individuals in need, submit a form and the community supports them in whatever way they can.

Donate money to aid Flour Bakery in provide meals to workers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Medical Center.

Nursing Homes 

Linden Ponds Retirement Community, Hingham: Contact Chris Beukman at cbeukman@erickson.com for more information. 

Newbury Court, Concord: Contact Sarah Hathaway at shathaway@newburycourt.org for more information. 

Youville Assisted Living, Cambridge: Contact Kathleen Kelleher at kkelleher@youvilleplace.org for more information. 

Hebrew Senior Life 

  • Donations to Hebrew SeniorLife’s COVID-19 Senior Response Fund will fund accommodations, meals, and other support for direct care staff; personal protective equipment; increased staffing; and more. 

  • Hand-made prayer cards with short prayers or blessings from different traditions to offer to staff, patients, and residents of all faiths. Cards and well wishes can be sent to Lynda Bussgang, 5000 Great Meadow Road, Dedham, MA 02026 

  • Volunteers are needed to make grocery and mail deliveries, run errands, walk dogs, and do other tasks to support our senior living residents who are sheltering in their apartments. Most volunteer roles involve no contact with our residents and volunteers will be given masks and screened for signs of illness. If you’d like to volunteer contact covidresponsevolunteer@hsl.harvard.edu