Connecting essential workers to essential items

Essential workers on the frontline need your help. Send a package of household items you already own—without leaving your home.


How does this work?

Give Essential lets you send your extra household items directly to an essential worker who needs them, providing a way to support the frontline from your home. If you have any supplies or funds to share, you can help!

During this pandemic, we have asked essential workers to risk their lives so that our communities can stay safe at home. But who protects them? Let’s help the single mother working to fulfill her 6th grocery delivery order of the day. The immunocompromised veteran forced to take on night shifts re-stocking shelves. Give Essential brings our communities together to give back to our essential workers.

We all have extra stuff—board games collecting dust, a box of unused tampons, extra shampoo bottles from hotels. Anything that you can share will go directly to an essential worker in need.

How are we defining “essential worker”? An essential worker is anyone who has to risk their health in order to make ends meet and/or is unable to work from home.

Examples: Postal workers, delivery shopper/drivers, retail personnel, fast-food workers, grocery personnel, bank tellers, EMT

I'm interested! What now?

1. Sign up

Essential workers and donors both fill out forms letting us know what items essential workers need and what items donors have to share.

2. We create matches

Within the next few days, Give Essential will match essential workers and donors based on needs and requests.

Ex: An essential worker who is having trouble taking care of their kids will be matched with a donor with extra toys.

Categories of donations: cleaning supplies, masks, personal hygiene products, feminine hygiene products, kids activities, gift cards

3. Gift delivery

Give Essential will email the donor information about their match (the essential worker they can help!) and instructions for sending their donations.

They will then send their gift directly to an essential worker in need!

How to ship: From the house using USPS's Click and Ship, post office package drop-off, or through an online order

Featured Donation Requests

Read about some of the essential workers you can help.

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Meet the co-founders

We're Amy and Rine, two college roommates. Over the past few weeks, COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. We were troubled by the lack of support for essential workers despite society's increasing reliance on their services, and wanted to help. We built and launched Give Essential within 72 hours and have been touched by the responses we've received.

Since then, we've built a team of 40+ volunteers — please fill out this form if you're interested in volunteering. We are a 100% volunteer-run organization and could not do this without our incredible team.

Executive directors: Amy, Crystal, Rine

Our core team: Cindy, Kaitlyn, Kristie, Luiza

Contact us!

General questions: team@giveessential.org

Outreach: outreach@giveessential.org

Press inquiries: pr@giveessential.org