The global spread of COVID-19 is altering life as we know it. From the daily news to the web content we’re sharing, from government press conferences to social media posts and assets, we’re learning how to shelter in place and keep each other safe — especially since those without symptoms can still carry and spread coronavirus.
As we all work together to stay safe and healthy, the Killer Visual Strategies design team here in Seattle wanted to create some visual assets for social media that promote some of the organizations on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. All of those assets are free to download below, and we welcome any and all individuals and organizations to share these assets across their social media accounts. We’ll also explain why we think these are wonderful organizations to support — though they are by no means the only groups providing aid to those in need during these difficult times.
Everyone has a role to play in the fight against COVID-19, and working together, we can achieve anything.
The Challenges We Face as Coronavirus Spreads
In much of the United States, we now think twice before leaving the house, and try to stay inside as much as possible. Nonessential medical procedures are being delayed. And in many parts of the world, including the Killer Visual Strategies home base in Seattle, dining out at a restaurant, working out at the gym, or getting a haircut are no longer options.
While the inability to run certain errands or maintain our normal fitness habits is challenging on the consumer side, the full reality is that these are mere inconveniences for many. At Killer, we’re lucky that our team is able to work their normal schedules on a fully remote basis during this crisis. But for those whose livelihood depends on providing these services — the cooks, bartenders, massage therapists, barbers and hairstylists, aestheticians, and so many others — these indefinite closures are costing jobs.
Some 18% of US adults surveyed say they have already been laid off or had their hours reduced due to coronavirus, including 23% of those residing in small cities or suburban areas. And they are wondering how they’ll continue to support themselves and their families now and in the future.
Looking ahead, the Economic Policy Institute estimates 3 million jobs could be lost in the United States alone by the summer of 2020, with global predictions stretching to 25 million jobs lost worldwide as a result of the virus.
At Killer, we’re so grateful for all of the workers who continue to work every day, whether by requirement or by sense of duty. These include healthcare professionals, firefighters, law enforcement, retail workers in establishments that can remain open with social distancing, grocery store workers, restaurant workers at establishments offering takeout or delivery, delivery drivers … the list goes on.
Here are a few of the many organizations that are striving to ensure that people in need have access to food and resources during this time, as well as groups working to support those who are keeping our much-needed services running.
Visual Social Media Assets: Please Share!
Below, we’ll first share a list of global and national organizations that are working in coronavirus relief. Then we’ll share a list of local organizations right here in Killer Visual Strategies’s home town of Seattle and in Washington State. For each of the organizations, we’ve provided a downloadable packet of social media assets — including header images and post images — for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Each image is optimized for the dimensions of its corresponding social channel.
If you’d like to show your support for these organizations, just download the assets and share widely!
As an example of what these assets look like, here’s a Facebook header image for Feeding America:
And here’s an image that you can post in your Facebook feed; you can see that the dimensions are a little bit different:
And of course, if you can, please consider clicking the links to some of the organizations below to make a donation.
Where to Donate: Global & National Efforts
Here are some ways to help organizations working throughout the United States, and around the world.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 in the United States. And now the CDC Foundation has created a campaign called “Combat Coronavirus” to generate funds. According to the fund’s page, “[y]our dollars will:
- “help communities prevent, detect and respond to COVID-19
- “deploy emergency staffing with the skills required to meet the needs on the front lines at the state and local level
- “fund and deliver critical home essentials, such as food and medical needs to quarantined and isolated individuals
- “develop education and awareness campaigns to advance prevention and reduce stigma
- “build capacity and infrastructure for global response efforts and other immediate needs as they evolve”
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks
The COVID-19 Mutual Aid Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC Folks was created to support these vulnerable communities. “We are prioritizing LGBTQI+, non-binary, gender fluid, and gender non-conforming people of color because we often have less ties to familial support networks, we have historically been simultaneously overlooked and surveilled by welfare state systems, our needs have been surplus to mainstream political formations, and we tend to work in the gig economy.”
Donations will be distributed based on priority determined via an applicant survey (now closed).
Feeding America has always been dedicated to ensuring that people in need have something to eat. Now this organization has introduced a COVID-19 Response Fund, stating, “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are committed to serving communities and individuals facing hunger across America, wherever they are. [By donating, y]ou can help make sure we can be there for our neighbors in need during this time of uncertainty.”
Meals on Wheels
Keeping our seniors healthy and safe is absolutely vital work in the face of a virus to which they are especially vulnerable. The Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund will use donations to “help local communities across the country meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy. Donated funds will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel costs, enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated seniors and support timely distribution of science-based information needed to ensure safe care for all.”
No Kid Hungry
With many children around the world now staying home from school, many aren’t getting the food or nutrition they need. Those who relied on subsidized school meals are now especially vulnerable. No Kid Hungry estimates that nearly 98 million school meals have been missed due to coronavirus closures, as of this post’s publication. The organization pledges to:
- “Work with federal and local government to support children in need.
- “Provide emergency grants to food banks and community groups.
- “Divert resources to help the hardest-hit communities.
- “Make sure families know how to find meals while schools are closed.
- “Continue our work to ensure every kid gets three meals a day.”
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization has launched the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. WHO states: “Donations support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate efforts to develop vaccines, tests, and treatments.”
Donations are powered by the United Nations Foundation.
Where to Donate: Seattle & Greater King County, Washington
Killer Visual Strategies is proud to be a part of an amazing community of individuals and businesses here in Seattle. That’s why we also wanted to make sure to contribute to the COVID-19 relief effort by doing what we do best — designing some visual social media content that will help us support each other and key local organizations in times of need. Here are just a few of the amazing coronavirus-related efforts happening right now in our city:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is fighting alongside the American Civil Liberties Union for safe conditions for high-risk populations within the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Donations will support the breadth of NWIRP’s work, including efforts for this initiative.
Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19
Seattle Artist Relief Fund Amid COVID-19 is aimed at helping local artists whose events, artist spaces, and more have been impacted by coronavirus. “100% of these funds will go to artists who have lost income due to cancellations and work stoppage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is emergency funding to help artists in need with rent, food, utilities, and medical needs. The amount given to each artist is determined based on how many funds we receive, how much artists have lost due to cancellations, and how many artists apply.”
The Seattle Foundation has developed a COVID-19 Response Fund to support local organizations that provide services to underserved communities, specifically those without health insurance or sick days, those with limited proficiency in the English language, those working in healthcare and the gig economy, and communities of color.
Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund
The Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund was established to support hospitality-industry workers who are facing unemployment or reduced hours as a result of COVID-19. According to the donation page, “[o]ur aim is to provide everyone who applies with emergency funds, but we will prioritize the BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, and immunocompromised members of our community. Applicants will be asked to also sign up for unemployment coverage to get a full scope of what support is needed.”
Want to Support All of These Organizations?
If you’d like to show your continued support for many or all of these organizations, you can download the full packet of social media assets for all organizations here:
In the meantime, the Killer Visual Strategies team wants to send our best wishes all our neighbors here in Seattle and Washington State. And to everyone around the globe who’s working hard to keep themselves and their families healthy — thanks for your resilience, and stay safe!