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Usually, DJ-athon is a fundraiser to support KCSU and our dozens of staff, volunteers and DJs run our radio station. But this semester, our University, city, state, national and international communities are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic together. Instead of raising money for ourselves this semester, we are letting you know about a number of charities that are supporting COVID-19 victims and people impacted by the disease. Check out these charities to help your community get through these trying times. If you have an organization to add to this list, please email

Local Charities

House of Neighborly Service

House of Neighborly Service, with locations in Loveland and Berthoud, is meeting the needs of our food insecure neighbors in South Larimer County by providing food baskets with up to a week’s worth of groceries two times a month.

If you, or someone you know, needs help with food or is looking how they can reduce the stress on their budget come to HNS! It’s quick, simple and includes a drive-thru process. All are welcome! Please bring a proof of address.

The Loveland location is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-3:30pm at 1511 E. 11th St, and the Berthoud location is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-3:30, located at 375 Meadowlark Dr.

House of Neighborly Service understands that many households – the young and elderly, have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 Crisis and their desire is to assist those in low-income or in situational crisis and bring relief to a stressed budget.

Fort Collins Adopt a Neighbor Program

The coronavirus situation puts some of our friends, families and neighbors at greater risk. Yet, with all the uncertainty, we have the chance to show the world that Fort Collins is a truly exceptional community that rises up to help one another. The City is launching an expansion of the Adopt A Neighbor program to pair volunteers with neighbors in need during the current pandemic. Volunteers will assist neighbors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 with regular tasks, such as grocery shopping and delivery, picking up medications, driveway shoveling, and outdoor pet care/dog walking.

Colorado Artist Relief Fund

The Colorado Artist Relief Fund is a collaboration between multiple arts organizations and funders working at state, regional, and local levels. The fund will pool private and public funding to be administered through RedLine Contemporary Art Center to Colorado artists in need. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to the well-being of artists in our community and recognizes the serious financial impact the current health pandemic is having on their livelihoods.

Funding will be made available for artists that have ongoing creative endeavors through multiple disciplines including visual, digital, film, music, performing, teaching, etc. This program will prioritize lower-income artists and artists who have no other source of income. 

Individuals, foundations or organizations will be able to contribute to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund.

Food Bank for Larimer County

At the Food Bank for Larimer County, we believe no one should be hungry. We are a private non-profit organization and the only Feeding America clearinghouse for donated food in our county. Each year, we provide food to an estimated 37,500 people in need. 

Every gift, no matter how large or small makes a difference to those who face hunger. Thanks to a nationwide network of food donors and our efficient operations, for every $1 you donate, we can provide 2 meals to a family in need.

Learn more:

To practice social distancing, The Food Bank has reduced the days of operation of its Food Share pantries. The new pantry schedule is as follows:

Salvation Army

As our nation adapts to social distancing guidelines, The Salvation Army Fort Collins has pivoted to provide breakfast, lunch and food baskets through a drive-up/walk up window at their location at 3901 South Mason Street, Fort Collins. Community members are welcome to stop by to receive a food box from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday – Friday. To get additional help or learn more about the options, the public can call 855-768-7977. The Salvation Army Fort Collins has helped more than 1,275 local families and individuals in response to COVID-19 and other concerns. The Salvation Army is in urgent need of food, hygiene items and financial assistance to be able to provide these vulnerable populations with adequate support throughout this pandemic. They will accept food and hygiene donations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

NoCo Music Relief Fund

The NoCo Music Relief Fund is meant to provide immediate relief for severe financial distress caused by lost income due to Coronavirus/COVID-19 precautionary measures. Severe financial distress might include low or no savings, an inability to cover basic needs such as food and rent or inability to meet financial responsibilities for family members in critical need.
Northern Colorado musicians and individuals, living in Larmer or Weld counties, who work in contemporary popular music, including the self-employed and sole proprietors, are eligible for up to $1,000 in emergency relief funds. The foundation has to ask for proof of financial distress, like loss of income, inability to pay rent or buy essentials, and so on. See the website and please contact for questions.

National Charities


The global health crisis we’re facing right now has threatened the livelihood and mental health of countless musicians across the nation. Backline is the music industry’s mental health and wellness resource hub, and their work is more vital than ever. Launched in 2019, Backline gives artists, crew and their families quick and easy access to mental health and wellness resources. Backline is currently hosting virtual support groups as well as yoga, meditation, and breathwork sessions.


The Recording Academy ® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares ® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak and subsequent cancellation of multiple music events. From hotel and bar gigs to major music festivals, COVID-19 is deeply impacting live music events and the creative community behind it all. Administered through MusiCares, the COVID-19 Fund will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need.

Musicians Foundation

Founded in 1914, Musicians Foundation is dedicated to helping musicians and their families in times of need, crisis, and transition across the nation. The Musicians Foundation CV19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant Program allows professional performers, educators, and composers to apply for modest, one-time grants that help put food on the table, pay a car or phone bill, or cover other essentials. All funds raised at this time directly support musicians impacted by coronavirus-related loss of work. Support Musicians Foundation with a one time, recurring, or legacy donation to keep the music playing.

If you’d like to donate to KCSU

If you are still interested in donating to KCSU during this time, we appreciate it greatly.

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