The closing of schools, the canceling of events and the telecommuting of workers due to COVID-19 coronavirus concerns are putting a strain on individuals, families, small businesses and pretty much all of Alabama.

But Alabamians are stepping up to help fellow Alabamians deal with the crisis.

In keeping with its commitment to bring you “good news from home,” Alabama NewsCenter is looking to share as many examples as possible of Alabamians helping Alabamians during this time of crisis. You will see them show up below as our news team publishes them.

If you have an example of a business or organization doing something to help, let us know by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject “COVID Alabama.” If you are a restaurant or business changing how you operate, let us know so we can pass that along to your potential customers.

AlabamaWorks! to identify COVID-19 impact with business survey

Small and large businesses are urged to participate by 5 p.m. on April 21.

University Medical Center uses technology to reach patients, community

The University of Alabama center will offer evening telemedicine visits and virtual town halls.

Sozo Children’s Choir from Africa making best of time ‘stuck’ in Alabama due to COVID-19

The 14 youths are living in Indian Springs indefinitely until the pandemic allows their return.

Alabama servant leaders using technology to help others, each other during COVID-19 pandemic

What started as a conference call of four in Montgomery has grown to hundreds.

Alabama children’s homes coping with school closures

The homes are managing the complexities of shelter in place.

University of Alabama to hold virtual Tapping on the Mound ceremony Friday

Campus groups will hold their usual spring Honors Day online.

Find Social Distancing Egg Hunts in Can’t Miss Alabama

Celebrate Easter with family-friendly entertainment during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Defeat cabin fever and learn new things with UAB virtual classes

UAB offers myriad virtual classes to keep your creativity flowing.

University of Alabama’s ACCESS Support Center offers free online courses to grades 7-12

The program has been an important resource since 2004.

Pepper Place Drive-Thru Farmers Market a success, others look to emulate

Farmers are reporting higher sales even if the social aspects of the popular market are lost.

Alabama Humanities Foundation names new leader

Lynn Clark comes to the position after leading the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana.

Bronze Valley and gener8tor launch emergency response program

A week-long webinar will help identify resources for Alabama small businesses.

Alabama Power-created Louie the Lightning Bug offers at-home learning

‘Learn with Louie’ teaches children about electricity and electric safety.

Coronavirus and cybercrime – hackers use COVID-19 as phishing bait

Cybercrime expert tells how to protect yourself during COVID-19 crisis.

UAB Athletics makes cabin fever more bearable with virtual events, classic Blazers games

Fans can relive five top football and basketball victories on WJOX.

Here We Stand: A message for Alabamians during COVID-19

Pulitzer Prize winner John Archibald reflects on this time in our society.

UAB top nurse reads letters of support from Birmingham children

Health care workers draw love and encouragement from such gestures.

Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery continues to serve clients

The COVID-19 pandemic has created heightened concerns for victims of abuse.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces Ribbons of Hope campaign for COVID-19 pandemic

The gesture is meant to symbolize ‘faith, hope, love and prayer.’

Bernard’s Store for Men in Jasper ‘can’t be thankful enough for reaction … shown for the store’

The 70-year-old clothing store continues to fill orders with its doors locked.

Alabama Audubon offers ‘Birdwatching for Beginners’ online

The free course aims to introduce others to birding.

Alabama Power, UA, UAB join race to produce face shields for health care workers

The University of Montevallo also is producing shields for Shelby Baptist.

Talladega Superspeedway to host blood drive Wednesday

Track will provide ample space for social distancing to restock American Red Cross blood supply.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: COVID-19 treatments overview

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Airbus pauses airplane production in Alabama and Germany due to COVID-19

Parts shortage and less demand are behind the halt in assembly.

United Way of Central Alabama scales up to handle calls

There is an increase in calls seeking assistance as economic pressure from COVID-19 increases.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey launches ALtogether as guide to COVID-19 relief efforts

Lieutenant governor also launches Alabama Small Business Commission site.

How long does the novel coronavirus live on different surfaces?

Know the facts about coronavirus to protect yourself, family.

Ed Farm hires Waymond Jackson as CEO of the Apple initiative in Alabama

COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the need of many of the initiative’s programs.

NASCAR, Scholastic provide STEM education materials

The learning materials are free for parents to download for use in their home education efforts.

Chelsea Apothecary meets community needs for hand sanitizer

Pharmacist Jeff Honea sells homemade hand sanitizer at Chelsea Apothecary.

BCRI Launches “When Resilience Speaks: A Community Response to COVID-19”

New digital project allows generations to connect online.

Alabama automakers lend a helping hand in COVID-19 battle

Idled factories are making large donations and producing supplies such as face shields.

How to successfully teach your kids from home

Teaching kids at home is easier using UAB’s tips.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: How is COVID-19 testing done?

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

In Huntsville area, Rodney Smith Jr. now doing ‘mow and drop’

His Raising Men Lawn Care Service has found a new way to help people.

Things you can do today to help improve your mental health amid COVID-19 outbreak

Try these tips to keep a healthy mindset during the pandemic.

Six suggestions to protect yourself from stimulus check scams

Don’t let scammers take away the money you have coming to you.

Sweet Grown Alabama makes extra effort for farmers during COVID-19 crisis

The branding gives assurances products were grown in the state.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: Where are we on the curve?

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Alabama launches health care professional volunteer program for COVID-19 outbreak

Retirees, medical students and related professionals are encouraged to sing up to be alerted.

How to fill out the 2020 census: best practices to protect yourself from cyberphishing attacks

UAB experts offer tips to keep your census information your own.

How to talk to your child about COVID-19

UAB experts tell how to discuss the pandemic with your kids.

Mobile Public Library offers story time for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

Employees read stories and lead sing-a-longs on Facebook Live.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: Flattening the COVID-19 curve

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Alabama doctor says distinguish between allergies and COVID-19 symptoms

Dr. Ross Gardner said continue to practice measures to fight the coronavirus on top of battling allergies.

Airbus donates face masks to Alabama health care workers

The aerospace company’s donation is one of several ways it is helping fill needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces statewide stay-at-home order as COVID-19 cases rise

The order goes into effect at 5 p.m. April 4 and limits the numbers allowed in grocery and other stores.

Birmingham’s shelter-in-place order extended to April 30

The mandatory curfew extension puts restrictions on where residents can go outside their home.

Woodlawn Foundation an Alabama Bright Light during the COVID-19 crisis

The organization is supporting the community on multiple levels.

Alabama ‘American Idol’ Ruben Studdard weighs in on COVID-19 emergency

The music star reminds us that the artist is not the only one affected.

Auburn engineers repurpose CPAP machines into emergency ventilators

Faculty and staff also have produced hand sanitizer and protective face shields.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: Outcomes

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Food companies serve free meals, treats to those in need and front-line workers during pandemic

From doughnuts and coffee to care packages, businesses are stepping up.

Alabama farmers to host virtual field trips every Friday through May 22

Topics will include peanuts, cattle, honeybees and catfish.

Alabama trucking industry keeps on truckin’ in tough times

Truck drivers are among the heroes in times of shortages and need.

Alabama driver’s license offices closed, but renewals available by mail and online

The enforcement deadline for STAR ID has been extended to October 2021.

Birmingham World Games delayed until 2022

The move follows the Olympic Games being delayed a year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Alabama animal shelters still on the job meeting pets’ needs in midst of COVID-19 pandemic

Fostering a pet can be a comfort to people and animals during this time.

University of Alabama program helps small businesses affected by COVID-19

The program helps businesses apply for disaster loans and manage cash flow.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: Timeline and symptoms

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Take part in virtual 5k with HudsonAlpha, Huntsville Track Club

The run will benefit childhood genetic disorders research.

Jefferson County extends courthouse closures, earmarks $1M to fight COVID-19

The courthouses in Birmingham and Bessemer will stay closed through April.

University of Alabama Greek life donates food to local organizations

Greek houses donated thousands of pounds of food when classes moved online.

University of Alabama at Birmingham launches to track disease in real time

The goal is to track COVID-19 across the Deep South to provide effective care.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program will help small businesses keep paying workers during pandemic

The loans will be forgiven if all employees are retained and paid for eight weeks.

Girls Inc. provides online learning during COVID-19 crisis

Girls Inc. provides ‘food for the mind and soul’ during the coronavirus crisis.

Regions Bank, Regions Foundation announce measures to fuel recovery amid coronavirus impact

Donations include advertising for food banks and grants for community organizations.

Homewood Flowers and Gifts owner lifts spirits by tying bows

The florist has distributed almost 800 mailbox ribbons around Birmingham.

Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine shares ventilators, supplies to help treat EAMC’s COVID-19 patients

Other units across campus also are readying essential supplies.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: Spread and prevention

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

UAB nurse reports from the front lines of the COVID-19 fight

Medical staff is supportive of each other and appreciates the community support.

Virtual racing entertaining NASCAR fans, drivers during COVID-19 pandemic

Live TV broadcasts have dramatically boosted eNASCAR popularity in recent weeks.

Tuscaloosa suspends recycling during COVID-19 crisis

The move is designed to protect worker safety and ensure adequate resources.

Alabama Power’s Farley Nuclear Plant is always prepared for the unexpected

The plant near Dothan focuses on generating safe and reliable power.

Friends launch Local Distancing to support Birmingham businesses during COVID-19 crisis

The site sells gift certificates to provide instant help for restaurants and retailers.

Playgrounds, toys and sports equipment aren’t safe for kids during pandemic

UAB expert says to keep kids off playground equipment for now.

Auburn management professor gives advice to help small businesses survive coronavirus shutdown

Businesses that help their communities will be rewarded later, Dave Ketchen says.

HudsonAlpha COVID-19 series: What is coronavirus?

Dr. Neil Lamb explains the health and science behind COVID-19 in plain language.

Keep kids busy, learning with free coloring book pages from Amazing Alabama

Free coloring book pages from ‘Amazing Alabama’ will entertain kids.

Mayor Randall Woodfin narrates video on city’s resiliency, urges support of Birmingham-area businesses

The video was produced by Telegraph Creative.

Gov. Kay Ivey issues new COVID-19 message to Alabama

The governor urged citizens to think about others in trying to quell the spread of the virus.

Unemployment claims climb but some Alabama companies are hiring in spite of COVID-19 crisis

Jobless claims and claiming jobs are taking place.

Alabama Power practicing safe social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

Company crews and field representatives implement social distancing in the community to safely serve customers.

UAB to test COVID-19 vaccine candidate created by Altimmune

The company has significant experience developing intranasal vaccine candidates for respiratory pathogens.

Alabama vinyl record shops try to keep spinning in the face of COVID-19 slowdown

Postponement of Record Store Day and being declared “nonessential” have slowed their RPMs.

Alabama Public Television announces ‘Learn at Home’

The programs support learning for children who won’t be in physical schools.

Alabama doctor diagnosed with COVID-19: ‘Don’t panic, follow advice’

Dr. Gabrielle Baldwin became the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Covington County.

Cultivate a green thumb and reap family rewards for a lifetime

Gardening together is both fun and a learning experience.

Indian Valley teachers hold parade to tell students ‘We miss you’

The caravan wound its way through nearly every neighborhood in the city.

Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama and YMCA-Tuscaloosa open to children of essential workers

The program will serve 160 children at three sites.

CAP to continue downtown Birmingham patrol and assistance with COVID-19 shelter in place and curfew

The City Action Partnership pledges ambassadors will be there for those who need them.

Alabama printer making face shields for health care workers

The company’s owner says an “outside the box” idea became a reality quickly.

Alabama tightens public restrictions to slow spread of COVID-19

State Health Officer says further social distancing measures are necessary.

Birmingham’s Mixtroz is launching a virtual version of its connections platform

The product was already in development but seems timely amid COVID-19 crisis.

Support restaurants on Alabama’s 100 Dishes list, like Martin’s fried chicken

This Montgomery landmark is relying on curbside service and a reduced menu to survive COVID-19 crisis.

Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab expands digital learning

All ages are invited to learn virtually during the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Alabama’s public parks, greenspaces adjusting to COVID-19 crisis

Some parks have closed and others are open with social distancing.

Lakeshore Foundation weighs in on postponed Olympics, Paralympics

Many athletes are disappointed but supported the decision.

Alabama students won’t return to public school this current school year due to COVID-19

Gov. Kay Ivey authorizes home instruction starting April 6.

Birmingham AIDS Outreach adapts to serve clients during COVID-19 crisis

The nonprofit gets creative to serve a vulnerable population during coronavirus emergency.

Is it safe to order food delivery during COVID-19 outbreak? CDC, UAB experts say yes

Doctors and experts say people are safe eating take-out meals.

Central Alabama community needs evolving as COVID-19 crisis unfolds

United Way, other organizations collaborating to address immediate and long-term issues.

Alabama native living in Greece offers perspective on coronavirus

WVTM veteran Gina Billy Kraft offers encouragement from the Mediterranean country she now calls home.

UAB among U.S. sites hosting new clinical trial for COVID-19 treatment

The Birmingham hospital is among those using remdesivir on adult patients to treat the virus.

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl: ‘We’re going to get through this together’

The coach held a Facebook Live chat with fans.

Virtual tours, live streams and other family entertainment in Can’t Miss Alabama

Enjoy the Birmingham Zoo and the Birmingham Museum of Art virtual tours.

Full Moon Bar-B-Que Brings cheer, warm meal to Birmingham families

The company will choose 10 families nominated by friends to receive free meals.

Need for blood donors to continue for weeks

Blood is desperately needed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Hoover Chamber sets up site in support of local businesses during COVID-19 crisis

Visitors can purchase gift cards and certificates from listed companies.

Working from home is no vacation from safety

Give your surroundings a thorough evaluation with these tips.

Kids bored during COVID-19 hiatus? Try these family fun ideas

Tighten your family ties while making the most of the COVID-19 hiatus.

HudsonAlpha launches COVID-19 educational video series

The series separates coronavirus fact from myth in an easy-to-understand format.

From Slapout through ‘American Idol,’ Jessica Meuse is an Alabama Music Maker on a journey

The rising star talks about songwriting and the need to support artists during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Auburn food safety expert ‘very confident’ U.S. food supply not at risk

Dr. Bob Norton has tips for preparing your personal food supply.

Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab offers virtual learning opportunities

A series on its Facebook page called “Ask the Aquarist” is in response to COVID-19.

Birmingham passes mandatory ‘shelter in place order.’ Here’s why.

The order runs through midnight April 3.

Mercedes-Benz halting production at Alabama plant out of COVID-19 caution

The shutdown is expected to last two weeks.

Nick Saban sends coronavirus message, urges public to adhere to social distancing

The Crimson Tide coach is eager for a return to football after COVID-19 crisis.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham overcoming social distancing

The organization is maintaining connections despite COVID-19 separations.

Birmingham World Games 2021 assessing ramifications of 2020 Olympics COVID-19 decision

Organizers continue planning for ‘world-class experience in Birmingham.’

Alabama distillers fill need for hand sanitizer

State companies have quickly shifted operations to help during the crisis.

Here are ways to prevent stress, emotional eating from making your COVID-19 sequester even worse

Making good food choices helps ensure your diet stays on track during the coronavirus pandemic.

UAH lab joins supercomputing effort to find drugs effective against COVID-19

Dr. Jerome Baudry is one of about 30 researchers working on the project.

Alabama Department of Public Health creates hotline, e-mail for COVID-19 information

The ADPH reported 196 cases in 24 counties Monday afternoon.

Nonessential businesses and services in Jefferson County ordered closed today

Hair salons and retailers are among those that must shut down at 5 p.m.

Virtual happy hours fill the social gap in stay-at-home era

A drink and a link is all that’s needed.

How telehealth will help fight COVID-19 outbreak

UAB’s technology means patients can interact with doctors from their homes.

Alabama income tax deadline extended to July 15

The three-month extension is in response to COVID-19.

Tuscaloosa small businesses look for support as COVID-19 deals especially harsh blow

The loss of spring events like A-Day and University of Alabama graduation could devastate the economy.

Sylacauga community partners feeding children, elderly during COVID-19 pandemic

Several organizations in Sylacauga and Talladega County have come together to ensure seniors and children have daily meals.

United Way of Southwest Alabama establishes COVID-19 relief fund

Funds will help provide additional resources for the agencies and clients it serves.

UAB: If you feel sick and are worried about COVID-19, call doctor and stay home

For your safety, call your doctor before heading to a doctor’s office or hospital.

Here’s where you can give blood to help Alabama’s critical need

Donor patterns have been disrupted by COVID-19.

100 Alabama Miles Challenge charges on without usual gatherings

Participants can still work toward their goals while observing necessary precautions.

Toilet paper makers’ message to U.S. consumers: We’ve got this

Manufacturers pledge that empty shelves won’t stay empty long.

I’m a mom, a daughter and a doctor – here’s how my family is preparing for the days ahead

Dr. Erin Delaney advises patients to take COVID-19 seriously.

Alabama small businesses can now access SBA assistance for COVID-19 losses

Eligible business and nonprofits can qualify for up to $2 million in assistance.

Alabama Power temporarily adjusts business office operations amid COVID-19 concerns

The company’s move maintains service and protects the well-being of customers and employees.

UAB doctors advise following social distancing rules to stay well

UAB doctors prescribe social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.

Birmingham-area food businesses adjust for coronavirus

Curbside service is the new normal in Alabama.

Alabama governor offers encouragement, revised statewide health order amid COVID-19 crisis

The new order offers business exemptions from the 25-person rule with certain conditions.

Birmingham real estate company offers rent holiday for small business tenants

The company says it is supporting local restaurants, bars and retailers that have played a monumental role in Birmingham’s renaissance.

Live stream ‘Band Together’ concert Sunday benefits Mobile musicians affected by COVID-19

Many in the music community are feeling the effects of cancellations and postponements.

Alabama Bright Light in the COVID-19 crisis: Advice from a nutritionist

Eating healthy is something you can continue or adopt.

Alabama meteorologist James Spann holds online Weather School

Spann, like thousands of meteorologists across the country, had to cancel school and community visits due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Jefferson County tightens restrictions, orders closings in battle against COVID-19

New, stringent rules will close many businesses and ban gatherings of more than 10.

The Market at Pepper Place responds to COVID-19: Drive-Thru Farmer’s Market

Three sellers are taking orders now.

COVID-19 orders extended throughout Alabama

The order shuts down beaches and day cares, and bans on-site dining in restaurants statewide.

Alabama Power assures no disconnections for customers affected by COVID-19

The company will work directly with those who need help.

There’s an urgent need for blood due to coronavirus disruptions

Birmingham and the nation face a critical blood shortage. Please donate.

Alabama Power Foundation, ABC Trust pledge $1 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts

Money will assist nonprofit community partners as they address food insecurity, medicine and hygiene needs, and energy assistance.

Can’t Miss Alabama offers tips to alleviate stress amid COVID-19

Remember to practice the CDC social distancing recommendations.

James Spann offers Facebook Live weather program for kids this morning

The program is designed for children in grades 1-5.

Toyota halts production at Alabama engine plant in response to pandemic

The temporary suspension is taking place at all of the automaker’s car and parts plants in North America.

Honda shuts down Alabama plant in response to coronavirus economic impact

The Talladega County plant is among the automaker’s North American operations halting production.

Hyundai halts production at Alabama plant after confirmed coronavirus case

The automaker is sanitizing the plant.

Birmingham Frontier Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

The conference is now planned for September at The Lyric.

NASCAR hopes to run full schedule, including Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

Midweek races, doubleheader weekends among options being considered.

Lee County EMA to set up drive-thru food pantry

Families can get three days’ supply of food at a time.

United Way of Central Alabama activates Community Crisis Fund, seeks help during COVID-19 pandemic

The agency is temporarily suspending some operations to focus on the safety of its staff and volunteers and meet the needs of the community.

Sorting out symptoms of COVID-19, influenza, colds and allergies

Some symptoms are similar, but others can help you determine what to do next.

Renew Our Rivers cancels March, April cleanups

The status of May cleanups will be evaluated in the coming weeks.

Gov. Ivey announces new primary runoff election date for Alabama

Because of coronavirus concerns, the election will be delayed until July 14.

Alabama teachers create thoughtful gift for children stuck at home during COVID-19 isolation

Each day their school shares a video of a teacher reading a story.

UAB Pathology Labs will be able to test for COVID-19

Tests for priority UAB Hospital patients could be available by the end of this week.

Alabama researchers join global fight against COVID-19 disease

State companies and institutions are innovating in both testing and drug development.

Alabama Power warns customers of phone scam

Scams are on the rise amid COVID-19.

Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Ozark to provide free lunches to children

The BGC – Ozark will provide free lunches to kids 18 and younger.

Alabama Power poised to maintain reliable electric service

Company offers resources for customers.

Birmingham Business Alliances shares coronavirus resources

The list will be updated as new assistance is identified.

Major League Baseball, minor league seasons delayed because of coronavirus

The decision affects the Birmingham Barons, Montgomery Biscuits and Rocket City Trash Pandas.

Winfield City Schools helping children during coronavirus pandemic

School system provided food, e-Learning opportunities to children.

Company on HudsonAlpha campus launches SARS-CoV-2 virus ID for COVID-19 respiratory infection

Diatherix Eurofins is accepting specimens for testing beginning today.

Alabama businesses, organizations and institutions helping others with coronavirus impact

Here are some ways Alabamians are helping other Alabamians.

Jefferson County, Birmingham now under states of emergency because of coronavirus

Jefferson County has 12 of Alabama’s 22 known COVID-19 cases.

Birmingham Jewish Community Center provides child care for those responding to coronavirus crisis

The LJCC is also operating a food pickup site.

Officials work to lower risk of coronavirus in Jefferson County

Leaders are putting protocols in place at city and county buildings.

Gov. Ivey establishes Coronavirus Task Force in Alabama

Experts in health, education, commerce among those that make up the team.

Coronavirus more than a global health issue, says Auburn University supply chain professor

Glenn Richey expects U.S. companies will emerge with less-risky supply chains.

Investigational drug developed by UAB and NIH researchers being used to treat coronavirus

The drug was found to have significant activity against the disease in China.

Southern Research, Tonix team to develop potential vaccine against new coronavirus

A smallpox vaccine under development may be turned to fight COVID-19.