Listen to the iHeartMedia interview with Naomi Gleit, Vice President of Product at Facebook.
Facebook is announcing new features to its Community Help hub to make it easier than ever for people to come together to #SupportLocal by giving to their neighbors, local communities and local nonprofits in whatever ways they can.
Starting today people can now go to Community Help at Facebook.com/covidsupport to:
- Buy gift cards to support the local businesses they love as local businesses face financial crisis
- Donate to their favorite local nonprofit fundraisers
- Sign up to be a donor at local blood banks
- Find local job opportunities
Facebook launched Community Help last month as a destination for neighbors to help neighbors.Since then the best of humanity continues to unfold through Community Help in all kinds of inspiring and creative ways -- from people offering to do grocery runs for elderly neighbors who can’t leave the house to people sewing or creating 3D-printed masks to people donating and distributing personal protective equipment (PPEs) to health heroes on the front lines.
Listen to the iHeartMedia interview below for an example of how someone locally has used the Community Help tool to help serve their community:
- Kiera Rain of Isleton was able to use the feature to quickly gain assistance for her familyafter the pandemic left her unemployed, without childcare or therapies for her disabled son, and fleeing domestic abuse. A single mother of two young children, Kiera shared her story on the Facebook Community Help feature and received overwhelming support.The community rallied to raise $700 to assist her in paying for repairs for her RV and to purchase medications, necessities and food for her family during the pandemic.
Keira has continued to see support from her community, with a couple from Berkley driving nearly an hour to deliver groceries to her and her family. While her request is now closed, many others are requesting assistance and offering help for their neighbors on the Community Help page.
For more information on the Community Help Hub, visit Facebook.com/covidsupport.