Here are things you can do to help in the face of COVID-19:


Donate. Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Wayne County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations help ensure these vital relief services stay open and accessible. 

The Governor is asking for healthcare professionals who can volunteer to sign-up

For the Wayne County Community:

*   Wayne UNC Health Care is asking community organizations, corporations and individuals to donate much-needed medical supplies to help protect workers and patients.

Currently, the hospital’s most urgent needs are:

  • N95 masks

  • Surgical masks

  • Surgical masks with a shield

  • Nasal swabs for medical use 

Other needed items include:

  • Disinfectant

  • Eye protection, including safety goggles/glasses

  • Face shields

  • Gloves, disposable

  • Gowns, disposable

  • Hand sanitizer, greater than 60% alcohol

  • Hand soap

  • Shoe covers, disposable

  • Handmade masks

To make a donation, individuals and organizations can drive up and drop off supplies:

Tuesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 28

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wayne Community College, front of campus, facing Wayne Memorial Drive; look for the tent.

The Community Soup Kitchen (112 W. Oak Street) is in need of sandwich bags, disposable take-out containers, and paper products  

*  Take ALL non-perishable food and personal hygiene donations to the Salvation Army (610 N. William Street) 919-735-4811  (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)   Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. 

*  Supplies for babies please take to the Wayne Pregnancy Center (3501 Ash Street) 919-988-9262 or 919-583-9330 Monday-Thursday 9-5 and               Friday 9-12       

   Items needed are:

New need: Full-size Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion

  • Formula

  • Diapers (specific size: newborn, 1 thru 6)

  • Wipes

  • Bottled Water

  • Baby toiletries (wash, soaps, lotions)

  • Lysol

  • Disinfecting Wipes

  • Clorox Bleach/cleaners

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Ginger Ale (any brand)

  • Gift cards for any amount to Walmart, Target, Dollar Stores, or any fast food or restaurant establishments for meals.

*  If you have Child Care needs contact Partnership for Children of Wayne County (800 N. Williams Street)  919-735-3371. There are bins outside front doors under the shelter to place your donations in. 

   Items needed are:

  • We are searching for a grocery store that will allow childcare centers to come shop before opening to the public. They are desperately low on whole milk and cannot remain open without it. Only 53 of 81 centers currently remain open.

  • Cleaning Products

  • Hand sanitizer

  • bleach/cleaners

  • Clorox Wipes

  • Forehead "Scan" Thermometers- URGENT NEED!

  • Lysol spray

  • Paper Towels- multifold

  • Antibacterial soap

  • Gloves

*   3HC (Home, Health and Hospice)  is in need of sanitizing wipes.  Please deliver to 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive.

*    4-Day Movement is collecting canned vegetables and fruit, canned chili, canned ravioli and spaghetti, rice, bottled water, boxed milk and 15 or16 quart clear plastic boxes. These items are used in their “Food with Favor Boxes”. Donations can be dropped off at Barnes Jewelers (502 B. Eastgate Drive Goldsboro) between 11:30 AM-3:30 PM Monday-Friday.

*   March 26 Hydrant Church is collecting snacks (purchased and sealed) from 1-7 pm to be delivered to local ER nurses. Snacks can be dropped in the bins at 350 NC Hwy 111 South in Goldsboro.

*   You can donate a loaf of bread through Great Harvest Bread to be used to make sandwiches for school kids and others in need. Loaves are a flat $6 and can be purchased over the phone 919-288-2401 or online under the Bread section:

Direct people to 211. Wayne County’s 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert  211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to dial 2-1-1 or visit 


Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.


Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.

Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable. 

When you feel the most helpless, that’s when you have the most power to help others.  Donate to the UWHELPSNC COVID-19 Fund today.  Please select "UW of Wayne County" from the Select Option drop-down list.


This is a United Way statewide fund that will be distributed to our United Way of Wayne County and will increase our capacity to meet our community's basic needs.

Thank you,  United we are strong!

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