The coronavirus pandemic has shaken our world and is forcing us all to take extreme measures to keep one another safe. At Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, we have also been forced to take some very difficult steps. But despite the temporary closures to our stores, donations centers and our career services locations, we did not waver from our mission.
To overcome this unprecedented challenge, Goodwill has joined the many companies, communities, nonprofits, government agencies and more, who have come together in a collective effort to support our friends and neighbors.

We have gathered statewide resources and are making them available for those who may need them the most. Please be sure to share these resources with anyone who may need a hand up during this uncertain time.



What if I need financial assistance?


Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
  • Gov. Andy Beshear said April 23 for the first time that the general public will be allowed to be tested for COVID-19 at testing sites operated by Kroger. Plans include testing for sites operating in Pikeville, Somerset, Madisonville and Paducah, and sites planned for future dates in Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Bowling Green. Individuals can register for free here
  • Testing for individuals who are sick or showing symptoms established by the CDC is also available in Lexington via Walgreens. More information can be found here. Testing begins the week of April 27 and requires preregistration.
  • Walmart will begin drive-thru testing at its Bashford Manor location beginning Wednesday, April 29. Tests are available for anyone over age 18 exhibiting symptoms and to all health care workers.
  • First Care is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at clinics across Kentucky. For more information and a complete list of First Care locations in the Commonwealth, visit its website here. 
  • For a complete list of COVID-19 testing locations across the Commonwealth, reference this link from Kentucky’s official website
  • The CDC’s online Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.
  • The Sydney Care mobile application can also help you find a testing site near you.


Where can I find assistance with food in the Louisville area?
Where can I find assistance with food in the Lexington area?
Where can I find assistance with food in the Bowling Green area?
Where can I find assistance with food in other parts of the Commonwealth?
  • Information on all 135-plus food banks in the Commonwealth can be found here.
  • If you are in need of help with food in central or eastern Kentucky, visit God’s Pantry Food Bank here.
  • Living Bread & Soup Kitchen and Feed My Sheep Ministries offer meals for those who need them in Somerset. Contact (606) 379-6270 or (606) 872-0703, respectively. Or contact the Somerset Salvation Army at (606) 679-2001.
  • Thankful Hearts Food Pantry Inc., located in Pikeville, is updating its Facebook page regularly with food giveaways.
  • For those in Elizabethtown, contact Feeding America at (270) 735-1407. Seniors may contact Hardin County Senior Citizens Center at (270) 982-2909 or Radcliff Senior Citizens Center at (270) 982-2909.
  • For additional food bank locations and more, visit Feeding Kentucky.
  • For individuals with Humana medical insurance, you can request a meal kit delivery. Humana’s Basic Needs Team will find resources to fill your meal kit, which will include 14 nutritious meals. More information can be found here.


Where can I find assistance with housing in the Louisville area?
Where can I find assistance with housing in the Lexington area?
  • Lexington Rescue Mission assists with housing issues, among other things, and connects people in Lexington to other community resources.
  • The Salvation Army’s Central Kentucky Area Services operate homeless programs with a total bed capacity of 204 and several cribs at 736 W Main St. in Lexington.
  • New Life Day Center is a daytime shelter and connecting point for those in need.
  • Hope Center Inc. averages 200 clients a night and provides several other services for those affected by the pandemic.
Where can I find assistance with housing in the Bowling Green area?
  • The Salvation Army provides a shelter and much more for those in need at 400 W Main Ave. in Bowling Green.
  • Hotel Inc. provides access to permanent housing services and solutions. Call to schedule an appointment at the Education and Development Center here.
  • BRASS, or the Barren River Area Safe Space, is a regional, domestic violence shelter and program. Its service area covers Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren Counties.
Where can I find assistance with housing in other parts of the Commonwealth?


Where can I find employment opportunities in the Louisville area?
Where can I find employment opportunities in the Lexington area?
Where can I find employment opportunities in the Bowling Green area?
Where can I find employment in other areas of the Commonwealth?


Where can I volunteer?
  • Visit Dare to Care Food Bank to request food or volunteer your time at distribution centers or kitchens near you.
  • Metro United Way provides multiple volunteer opportunities via its COVID-19 response guide here. Additional donation opportunities are available as well. 
  • The Louisville Salvation Army lists volunteer opportunities here, or for statewide volunteer opportunities, visit this link and find your nearest Salvation Army. 
  • Louisville COVID-19 Match was created to both request help if you are in need of necessities and over the age of 60 and to help those in need by delivering groceries and other essentials. Click here to find a COVID-19 Match.
  • The Hope Center in Lexington is looking for volunteers to serve meals, share expertise and more. Visit this link to learn more
  • If you would like to volunteer your time to general causes associated with the novel coronavirus pandemic, please email us at Our Communications team will direct you to someone in need of assistance.
Where can I donate my personal protective equipment (PPE)?
How do I make a face mask?
Where can I donate other items?
  • Metro United Way, through its COVID-19 response guide, has several postings for needed donations – anything from hand sanitizer and clothes to sketches and instructional dancing videos. Peruse the board to find something you can contribute.
  • The Salvation Army welcomes monetary donations or the donation of goods. Click here to visit the national site, which will lead you to a more direct donation site.
  • Click here to donate to the Team Kentucky Fund and/or the One Louisville Fund, which provide assistance to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The American Red Cross is in need of donations. To donate blood or plasma – especially if you have fully recovered from novel coronavirus – visit American Red Cross here.
  • If you had a positive novel coronavirus test and have since tested negative, here’s information on how you can donate plasma to Norton Healthcare for experimental research. 


What if I need assistance paying my utilities?


What if I need assistance with mental and emotional health?
What if my emotional health is linked to abuse?
  • The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence is still offering assistance amid the pandemic. Its domestic violence programs are open and ready to serve survivors. Visit the KCADV website here, or contact (800) 799-SAFE. 
  • The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs is also operating during this difficult time. If you are in need of help, would like to get involved or if you’d like more information about how operations have changed due to the pandemic, visit the KASAP website here
What if I need assistance with physical health?
  • If you find yourself becoming less active as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the YMCA has provided a variety of free online health and fitness classes for children and adults. Classes range from yoga and Pilates to weightlifting, a fitness boot camp and even tai chi. This time of isolation presents a unique opportunity to learn a new exercise. Visit this link to peruse the YMCA’s health and fitness video catalog


If you know anyone affected by COVID-19 and in need of these resources, please share this portal.