Hope & Comfort’s COVID-19 Response
Hope & Comfort is distributing thousands of hygiene items during this challenging time through our network of over 100 partner organizations reaching youth and families in need across every corner of Greater Boston through youth services, food pantries, meal distribution sites, and more. Hope & Comfort distributed over 1,516,000 hygiene products in 2020.
Unfortunately, we don’t expect demand to slow down anytime soon. In the weeks to come, we are committed to continuing to supply soap and other essential hygiene products to those who depend on us.
Hygiene Products Distributed in 2020
Ways to Help From Home
Donate online via credit/debit card or donor-advised fund. A gift of as little as $5 puts soap in the hands of those who need it most.
Volunteer from Home
Our warehouse is currently closed to volunteers, however there are many ways to help from the safety of your home! Click the links below to explore how volunteers of all ages can end hygiene insecurity – right from your living room.
- Host a Virtual Hygiene Product Drive
- Tackle our ‘Cabinet Clear-Out’ Challenge
- Write Advocacy Letters
Please reach out to Abby MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thanks for your participation!
Send Essential Hygiene Products
Visit our Amazon Wish List to have products sent directly to Hope & Comfort.
*We have an urgent need for soap.
* Please be sure to include your name when you check out so that we can send along a thank you!
Follow and Amplify on Social Media
One of the best ways to raise awareness about hygiene insecurity is to spread the word! Please ‘like’ Hope & Comfort on social media and share our posts with your networks and community.
Have a creative idea about how to advance our work during this time of great need? Contact us anytime. We can’t wait to hear from you!
We are proud to serve our partner organizations during this challenging time. Below are just some of the many inspiring collaborations and stories from the frontlines.
Collaborating with the YMCA of Greater Boston
When Boston Public Schools made the decision to close, many students and families wondered where they should turn for daily meals. Thankfully, the YMCA of Greater Boston stepped in and has been working tirelessly to provide Boston’s youth in need with free and nutritious meals. Students can now also access essential hygiene products from Hope & Comfort at the Y’s meal sites. To date, Hope & Comfort has provided over 265,000 hygiene products to this effort.
“As the YMCA of Greater Boston rolls out our COVID-19 emergency response programs, including meal distribution sites for Boston area youth in need, we are grateful to have Hope & Comfort’s support as our go-to partner for hygiene products. They have supplied us with thousands of items in the past few days alone – including soap, which is quite literally a lifesaver in these unprecedented times.”
– James Morton, Greater Boston YMCA President and CEO
Serving Boston Public School Students in Partnership with Catie’s Closet and Dignity Matters
Hope & Comfort is proud to have joined forces with Catie’s Closet and Dignity Matters. Together, our trio of high-impact nonprofit organizations is delivering hygiene products (Hope & Comfort), menstrual products (Dignity Matters), and clothing and gift cards (Catie’s Closet) to Boston Public School youth and families in need (including 1,600 homeless students) via BPS’ 16 meal distribution sites across Boston. To-date, Hope & Comfort has committed over 180,000 hygiene products to this initiative and is dedicated to serving students throughout this challenging period of school closures.
“The Catie’s Closet team and I are grateful for Hope & Comfort’s partnership during this time of extreme need. Along with Dignity Matters, our three organizations have joined forces to distribute basic essentials to thousands of Boston Public School students and families in need – including 1600 homeless students. Hope & Comfort has been the largest supplier of hygiene products to these efforts, and we are proud to stand with them in their mission to eliminate hygiene insecurity as we reach thousands in crisis.”
– Mickey Cockrell, Catie’s Closet CEO and Co-Founder
Hand Washing Printables
- Printable Handwashing Signage – Multiple Languages, For a Wide Range of Age Groups
- Hope & Comfort Hand Hygiene Signage for OUTSIDE Your Front Door
- Hope & Comfort Hand Hygiene Signage for INSIDE Your Front Door
- Hope & Comfort Signage with 20-Second Hand Washing Songs
- “Soap for Hope” Signage to Spread Hygiene Insecurity Awareness (created by Maya, a Youth Board 2020 member)
Hand Washing Resources
How to Talk to Kids about COVID-19
Official COVID-19 Resources
COVID-19 News Archives
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- December 16, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- November 17, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- October 14, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- September 21, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- August 12, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter- July 23, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter – July 8, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter – June 17, 2020
Hope & Comfort Video Newsletter – May 27, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter – May 13, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter – April 29, 2020
Press Release: Funding Awarded from Life Science Cares’ COVID-19 Response Fund – Monday April 13, 2020
Hope & Comfort Newsletter – Wednesday April 8, 2020