The Alabama COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

By Warren Tidwell
Mar 26, 2020 • 9 min read

Learn more about this statewide effort to coordinate resources in-real time through a cloud-based platform. Stay informed about services and needs in your community, and about how COVID-19 is directly affecting your area.

Who We Are

The Alabama COVID-19 Response is a group focused on mobilizing both community resources and residents to create a holistic approach to this pandemic. We itemize the resources of nonprofits, businesses, local government agencies, schools, and churches, so that those in the community know where to find support and volunteer opportunities during this time of global crisis.

Our Roots

This effort to plan, care for, and empower our fellow residents of Alabama was born out of years of organizing and planning in the worst of conditions in the Southeastern United States. From the tornado that devastated West Jefferson County in 1998, to working over two years in rural Mississippi post Hurricane Katrina, to coordinating relief efforts statewide after the Tornado Super Outbreak of April 27th, 2011, the people behind this response have seen what works and what doesn't in the planning and recovery at the grassroots level during times of crisis. 

We have experience in pooling together our collective resources and tapping into the compassionate spirit of our community to overcome incredible devastation. We know the capacities and resiliency our region has demonstrated time and time again. We are confident that our community members will rise to the occasion and help one another through this difficult season.

How We Do It

This effort is built on a software platform that will allow us to organize needs and resources in a way that has never been done before. We itemize the resources of nonprofits, businesses, local government agencies, schools, and churches on a single map. This allows residents of Alabama to see the needs and resources populated on a map together. By clearly organizing the information this way, people can easily tap into resources, support each other, and discover services for themselves. 

This approach provides Alabama with the efficiency and focus necessary to tackle this unprecedented time in our history. These cloud-based tools help provide information in a timely manner to the community in order to eliminate confusion about where to find the resources and services. It also mobilizes community members by sharing volunteer opportunities and donations needs for those who are able to assist. 

It is a people powered effort that will allow us to support our family, friends, and neighbors in our own communities and in our state as a whole. 

How You Can Help

If you know of an Alabama COVID-19 resource, service, or volunteer opportunity, or are accepting COVID-19 supplies and donations for those on the front lines, please share it with us. We will add your resource to our growing directory. 

If you are looking for a resource, service, or volunteer opportunity, please check out our ACR organization page We’ll continue to post more resources as they become available.

If you want to stay informed about how COVID-19 is affecting our state directly, please look at our AL COVID-19 data page. We provide up-to-date graphs and data trends to help you track what’s going on. 


Warren TidwellAbout the Author

Warren Tidwell is the Hometown Organizing Project's statewide lead organizer. Warren has 22 years experience organizing disaster relief and recovery efforts at the grassroots level throughout the southeastern United states. In 2016 and 2017 he traveled to Ghana in West Africa to work to reintegrate women who were accused of witchcraft back into their home villages. Warren's focus now is on harnessing technology alongside human efforts to maximize the efficiency of disaster relief and recovery.