COVID-19 Agency Updates

The following are needs expressed by our community non-profit partners in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Agency Updates:  April 4th, 2020

Stanly Community Christian Ministry


Monday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CLOSED to Food Assistance. Financial Assistance by appointment only. Call to make an appointment.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drive-Thru Food Assistance

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
CLOSED to Food Assistance. Financial Assistance by appointment only. Call to make an appointment.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drive-Thru Food Assistance

Friday: CLOSED

*Donations to support our food reserves are critically important at this time, as we are sending out everything to our regular clients to help them prepare while we are still able to do so. *

DONATE NOW to help us purchase additional food.  A donation of $20 supports one family for about 1 week.

PLEASE VISIT to donate or for more information


YMCA of Stanly County

Did you know? Your membership is now helping members of our community through child care for health care providers, meals for kids facing school closures, and well-being checks on seniors. Thank you for making a difference. #StayWithUs

Facility is closed to the public but continues to operate and provide the above services. For more information, call them at 704-982-1916

Or email


Stanly County Senior Services

Stanly County Senior Services department is closed to the public but available by phone at 704-986-3769

Follow them on Facebook at Stanly County Senior Center to see updates and information on COVID, stimulus check info for seniors, support group information, senior meal services and other great resources.


Mary and Martha Center

At The Mary and Martha Center we are here to provide tips, pastoral and counseling care, or emphatetic listening. The main change is that we are now conducting our services either via phone or Zoom-for virtual but still face-to-face conversation. Please, call us at 704-983-7785  if you would like to talk and have a time of personal connection. We are here for you.


Stanly County 4-H 

Follow them on Facebook at Stanly County 4-H for online public speaking workshops for kids, at-home science experiments, cooking lessons and their daily live videos to help kids stay connected and LEARNING!

Visit them online at:


Girl Scouts - Hornets Nest Council

While in-person activities have been suspended, they are helping coordinate the production of fabric masks for Atrium staff and healthcare workers. Follow them on Facebook at Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council to learn more!!


Hospice of Stanly County

Hospice continues to serve patients and families through their healthcare and bereavement programs. The bereavement counselling services have been adapted to online and phone sessions, but are ongoing and currently serving around 25 individuals. If you need help, please call them at  704-983-4216.

Hospice is in need of fabric facemasks! If you can help, please give them a call!


American Red Cross

American Red Cross has conducted a series of emergency blood drives in March and there are several more scheduled in our area:

Tuesday, April 14th at the Stanly County Family YMCA from 2:30-7:00pm

Tuesday, April 28th at Memorial Baptist Church in Norwood from 2:00-6:30pm

Tuesday, May 5th at the Albemarle Red Cross Office at 243 W Main St from 1:30-6:00pm

For more details on these events go to and click on Donate Blood

They are also hosting a Virtual Volunteer Open House online on April 28th to tell you how you can help FROM HOME! 

For info, call Sabrina Cline at 704-301-3932




Update:  March 26th, 2020

American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross is experiencing a significant blood shortage as MANY blood drives have been cancelled due to the corona virus. Often, blood drives are organized and promoted by a large workplace or church, and with the adaptation made from the virus concerns, the blood drives have not been feasible. To address this need, our local Red Cross office is hosting a series of emergency blood drives on March 24th, 25th, 31st and April 1st. See flyer for details on this and other blood drives in our region on their website:


Homes of Hope/Community Inn shelter: They have adapted shelter protocols to implement precautions and prepared staff and volunteers for best practices in conjunction with the Health Department and emergency management guidelines. If you can help with cleaning supplies or would like to volunteer, please contact Shanta Watkins at 704-982-3634 ext.3

  • Supply Needs: Disinfectant sprays, wipes, cleaning products for families in transitional housing
  • Volunteer needs: To be determined: Staff shortages could occur, too soon to know


Stanly Community Christian Ministry (SCCM):

  • Stanly Community Christian Ministry has closed the Clothing Closet due to the corona virus health concerns, which severely impacts their operational revenue.
  • The majority of funds for public assistance that SCCM provides comes from the income received by the Clothing Closet, so they are concerned about the shortfall with increased demand for rent and utility assistance that is already beginning due to people not having childcare or being laid off of work.
  • SCCM has adapted the Community Table meal sites to serve food to-go only and closed the dining rooms. The pantry is operating similarly, with volunteers filling boxes of food and distributing them rather than having clients shop the pantry.
  • SCCM is experiencing a volunteer shortage since many of their regular volunteers are high-risk for the corona virus and should not interact with the public. Anyone who can help please go to their website:  click on the “Donate” tab then select Other and complete the online volunteer application form and they will contact you.
  • Supply Needs:  Lysol, disinfectant wipes, diapers, food for the pantry, take-out containers for the Community Table meal sites
  • Volunteer needs: Healthy, non high-risk people (ages 18-60 with no immunity compromising conditions) to assist with food pantry operations, Community Table meals and administrative duties.


Stanly County Senior Services: Group classes have been cancelled at both the West Stanly and main Senior Center building in Albemarle, however staff is at the main center to take calls. Senior meal programs are still operating, but are take-out and delivery only. Anyone over 60 needing assistance with food or basic needs, please contact them at 704-986-3769

  • Volunteer needs: Healthy, non-high risk people 18-60 to deliver meals and other needs as they arise


Crisis Assistance Fund

Crisis Assistance Fund works in partnership with SCCM to assist with large financial assistance requests, particularly those for housing and utility bills to prevent homelessness. Crisis Assistance Fund has already received twice as many applications for assistance this month with many related to lost employment wages from COVID-19. They are predicting a very large need for financial assistance in the coming months as many families who work in retail, restaurants, construction, healthcare and other service industries are unable to work from home and are being laid off. 

  • Supply needs: Money for the fund to provide homelessness prevention assistance


Esther House: They have adapted shelter protocols to implement precautions and prepared staff and volunteers for best practices in conjunction with the health department and emergency management guidelines. If you can help donate supplies, please call their main office at 704-961-7502 to arrange drop off.

  • Supply Needs: Nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, feminine products


Stanly County 4H: All in person classes and programs have been cancelled, has developed a daily online STEM lesson, developing other online educational programming. For details contact Kacie Hatley at


Habitat for Humanity: Resale store currently closed for renovations but is still picking up donations, has one active home build going on in Stanly County and one in Montgomery County. If you can help donate supplies, please call 704-985-1050 or email Bryan Price at

  •  Supply Needs: Masks, gloves for volunteers


Stanly County Family YMCA: Is closing fitness facility as of March 18th, but continuing to provide childcare services to currently enrolled participants. Online fitness classes are available through Y360, and access details are on their website,