Ways to Help

Ways to Help

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Volunteer & Donations


Network of Community Ministries

Local nonprofit Network of Community Ministries is in need of food, supplies and volunteers to help meet increased demand due to COVID-19. The organization has been busy packing emergency weekend food boxes for Richardson ISD families in addition to running its normal food pantry distribution and other services such as utility assistance.

Register to Volunteer

Network accepts volunteers ages 16 and up as well as ages 13-15 who volunteer with an adult friend/family member. For more information, call 972-234-8880 ext. 126 or e-mail aedling@thenetwork.org

Items Needed:

  • Baby Food
  • Bread
  • Canned Meats (Ravioli, Soups, etc)
  • Dairy
  • Diapers/Wipes
  • Eggs
  • Feminine Products
  • Frozen Beef, Chicken and Turkey
  • Oil
  • Packaging Tape
  • Produce
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Sugar


Network is also in need of monetary donations. Donate Online
For more information, call 972-234-8880.


North Texas Food Bank

During the COVID-19 pandemic the North Texas Food Bank is creating at least 60,000 family meal boxes each week for distribution  through its mobile food pantry and its partner agencies, including Network of Community Ministries. To assist the NTFB, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has launched Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a virtual food drive that allows people to donate funds directly to the food bank.

For more information including a link to donate, click here.



Blood Donations

Carter BloodCare

Donations by appointment only at its donor centers.

The two locations closest to Richardson are:

  • Garland, 6850 North Shiloh Rd.,
  • Plano, 4701 W. Parker Rd.

Carter BloodCare asks donors to fill out a questionnaire prior to their appointment. Click Here



The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is still conducting blood drives.
Find a Blood Drive





Anyone interested in donating masks should contact the Fire Department at 972-744-5700.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores and pharmacies. The CDC emphasizes that maintaining 6-feet social distancing is important to slowing the spread of the virus, but the use of simple cloth face coverings can help slow the spread of the virus. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

For more information on homemade masks, including how to make them and properly wear them, click here

Recently, several groups of people in Richardson have been making masks for local health care workers. These groups included a group of local seamstresses who set a goal of sewing 600 masks, as well as a local family that is creating masks using 3D printers. Watch the videos below to learn more about how these people are making the masks and where to go to learn how to make your own.

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Hand Sanitizer


Anyone interested in donating hand sanitizer should contact Purchasing at 972-744-4130.