The OCCE has pulled together a list of helpful resources for families in Forsyth County. Whether you are looking for educational programming, free-lunch options for children, food pantries, or child-care, our guide is a great starting point.
COVID-19 Community Partner Needs & Resources
As everyone navigates changes in their day-to-day operations amidst COVID-19, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement is still here to connect Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem and provide resources and support.
This page will be updated with information as it becomes available.
If you are a Winston-Salem community member or partner and would like information added to this page, please contact Ria Matheson.
COVID-19 Community Resources
The OCCE has pulled together a list of helpful resources for families in Forsyth County. Whether you are looking for educational programming, free-lunch options for children, food pantries, or child-care, our guide is a great starting point. For additional educational resources, please visit our Virtual Tutoring or Virtual Engagement page.
- OCCE Forsyth County Family Resources
Resources for Undocumented Communities
The Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering undocumented youth and families, has compiled a database of state-specific resources for undocumented communities.
Resources for Emergency Housing Relief
Habitat for Humanity, compiled a list of organizations providing emergency housing relief, as it relates to rent, mortgage, and utilities. This list will be updated with information as it becomes available.
Local blogger, Tim Beeman of The Man Who Ate The Town, and Lea Metz, a local marketing and fundraising strategist, have compiled a list of local Winston-Salem restaurants that includes phone numbers and hours; if they are offering curbside pickup or delivery; whether they offer gift cards; and also includes restaurants that have temporarily closed.
IMPROVment is a collective of dance educators, neuroscience researchers, therapists, and community artists bringing improvisational movement curriculum to communities through virtual classes. The ultimate goal is for this program to help enhance mobility, balance, quality of life, and cognition in older adults, but anyone can participate.
- Internet & Utility Assistance
- Free Virtual Financial Counseling
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
Throughout the week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will serve breakfast and lunch at select schools in each community. Any child 18 and under can eat for free at any of the locations. Adults may also grab a meal at cost ($1 breakfast and $2 lunch).
Winston-Salem Dinner Distributions
Starting Monday, March 23 both The Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity Love Out Loud, are partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC and nine local churches and organizations to distribute dinners to local communities.
Current Needs of Community Partners
Together, the OCCE has worked with community partners to identify current needs.
Before fulfilling any request, please check with the appropriate organization by visiting their website first, or by contacting them directly, as the situation is constantly evolving and information may not be up-to-date with current requests or policies.
If you are considering any direct-service, please use sound judgment and follow CDC guidelines. Most importantly, stay home if you are sick. Anyone with a fever, cough, and symptoms of respiratory distress such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing should not participate in direct-service or drop-off requests.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is continuing its blood drives throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis, your blood may contain antibodies that can attack the virus. Sign up to give convalescent plasma, which is being evaluated as a possible treatment for currently ill COVID-19 patients, to help save the lives of patients battling this disease.
Bethesda Center for the Homeless
Bethesda Center for the Homeless is currently seeking donations of toilet paper, Lysol, Ziploc bags, disposable razors, hand soap, hand sanitizer, trash bags, cases of water, ready to eat meal (i.e. Mac-n-Cheese), washcloths, and towels. Donations can be dropped off at 930 Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101; Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Nate Hoots at (336) 722-9951 ext. 1425x
Chaplain's Emergency Fund @ Wake Forest
The Chaplain’s Emergency Fund was established to assist Wake Forest University faculty, staff, and students in times of financial hardship. In this difficult time we know that service workers, such as, WFU/Aramark workers are disproportionately affected, with little to no income. Please consider making a donation to alleviate some of their stress in this uncertain time.
- City With Dwellings
Community Health Alliance - Mobile Health Clinic
The Community Health Alliance – Mobile Health Clinic is seeking supply donations of hand sanitizer, hand soap, disinfectant, and non-latex gloves for its work with The Salvation Army Center of Hope. Donations can be sent or delivered to The Salvation Army Center of Hope at 1255 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
You may also contact the Mobile Health Clinic via email for volunteering opportunities.
- Crisis Control Ministries
Crossnore School & Children's Home
Crossnore School & Children’s Home is in need of educational, entertainment, and therapy options to utilize during shelter-in-place and social distancing for their residential children. They are asking for board games, craft supplies, sidewalk chalk, sporting equipment, iPads, or tablets. You can also access their Amazon wishlist for needed items. Additionally, you can make a financial donation or purchase a gift card from a local restaurant or grocery store
Diaper Bank of North Carolina
Diaper Bank of North Carolina is in need of diapers (size 4, 5, 6, 4T-5T, and pullups), menstrual pads (not liners or tampons), and 2XL and 3XL pull-up adult incontinence products. Only unopened products are being accepted, which can be dropped off at their warehouse via appointment. Diaper donations can also be made through their Amazon wishlist or you make a monetary donation. Please contact Diaper Bank of North Carolina at 336-830-4579 or for more information.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston Salem
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston Salem (DSA) has partnered with the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands and the Down Syndrome Association of Delaware to start a Pen Pal program for children with Down Syndrome. Members of DSA will get a pen pal partner to communicate with from halfway across the country during the Covid-19 quarantine. Please email with the name of your child with DS, their age and their address and if they will be writing/drawing or if family members will be doing the writing.
Downtown Health Plaza - Pediatrics
The Downtown Health Plaza – Pediatrics of Wake Forest Baptist Health has seen an increased need for formula and diapers. They are asking members of the community to consider donating diapers and formula. Any brand of formula is needed but preferably Gerber Good Start Gentle, as that is what is provided by WIC and what parents are used to. You can ship donations directly to the clinic (1200 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) or email Callie Brown at to arrange a donation pick up from your home.
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County is accepting drop off donations of gently used home decor, building materials, and appliances at the rear of each ReStore, they are also scheduling donation pick-ups. If you are unable to make a donation they ask that you purchase a ReStore gift card, this is a great way to support their efforts now and to get a great deal later.
- H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem
Latino Community Services
Latino Community Services is in need of food donations, especially milk, beans, canned tuna, and shelf stable food options for their community. Please reach out to Odette Sanchez at to provide donations.
Maple Springs UMC Food Pantry
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00-11:00 and 1:00 – 3:00, Maple Springs UMC Food Pantry needs volunteers to assist with their drive-thru and curbside delivery of pre-packaged food bags. Contact Scott Bowen at 336-722-7563 (ext. 434) or to learn how you can volunteer.
Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston Salem has closed all volunteer programs but will continue supporting their families and providing daily meals. They are asking for food donations such as frozen, family-style meals and non-perishable, sealed foods. You can also access their Amazon wishlist for needed items. They are also accepting monetary donations or gift cards from local grocery stores.
Samaritan Ministries is continuing its shelter and soup kitchen operations and is suggesting donations through its Amazon wishlist. Volunteers are needed, either for serving shifts, or to pick-up food from local grocery stores. Those interested in picking up food, please call Vania Elliott at 336-748-1962 ext. 303 for more information.
Second Harvest Foodbank
Second Harvest Foodbank continues to operate and could use financial support. Additionally, volunteers are needed for varying shifts. For updates regarding COVID-19 and Second Harvest Food Bank, click here.
Senior Services is asking for shelf-stable food donations such as tuna fish, soup, Chef Boyardee, peanut butter, pork and beans, and canned vegetables. Food donations can be dropped off at 2895 Shorefair Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 in the large red box located in the Meals-on-Wheels pick-up room. Volunteers are still needed for Meals-on-Wheels, however, the program will follow these additional guidelines
United Way of Forsyth County
United Way of Forsyth County has various volunteer opportunities through its different agencies.
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Wake Forest Baptist Health is in urgent need of N95 masks, surgical masks, surgical masks with shields, and nasal swabs. They are also asking for these items. Donations can be dropped off at locations listed on their website.
- We Care House @ St. Peter's World Outreach Center
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools is asking for supplies for its Educator Warehouse. See a list of needs here. Additionally, the school system is asking for donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, as it supports the lunch and dinner program for its students and families.
Winston Salem Rescue Mission
As Winston Salem Rescue Mission continues to serve residents and the community through this crisis. In addition to financial gifts, they are in need of these items: bars of soap, vitamins, cough drops, Tylenol, canned vegetables, bottled water, potatoes, breakfast meats, and breakfast bars. Items can be dropped off at their facility.
- World Relief