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


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:

*  United Way of Wayne County is collecting masks (fabric and disposable) to distribute to requesting organizations. Please drop off at 2803 Cashwell Drive Suite B in Goldsboro.

*   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

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


Take 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

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 needs sanitizing wipes, gloves, and masks. Please contact if you are able to donate.  Please deliver to 2402 Wayne Memorial Drive.

*    Bethel Church is organizing snack bins for each department of the hospital.  If you or your organization would like to help refill the bins please contact

DONATE:   When you feel the most helpless, that’s when you have the most power to help others.  Every little bit helps your Wayne County Neighbors.  Click here to make a donation or text helpaneighbor to 44-321

Thank you,  United we are strong!

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. 

*  Summer Flowers is leading a volunteer team in creating headbands with buttons for hospital staff. This style of headband allows masks to be attached by the buttons and saves strain on the ears. If you would like to donate material or buttons, please contact


*  Homefront Room Revival is making masks for airmen.  If you have a sewing machine they can borrow or if you’d like to volunteer with them, please contact Kate Tinsley


*  Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to assemble food boxes. Volunteers will work independently and be provided with gloves. Please call 919-735-4811 to volunteer.

*  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.


Share your story of how COVID-19 has impacted child care in your life with our policymakers:

*  Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County is making the weekly grab and go activity kits for their members. Donations of crayons, markers, pencils, and notebooks are being accepted. Please call 919-735-2358 to arrange a drop-off.

*   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:

*    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.