The Coronavirus crisis is here in America and for that reason we are now stuck at home wondering how to help others during this difficult time. Before we get into that, I want to ask you to take a minute to breathe and relax. We will get through this together. Consequently, helping others will during this time will make the world a better place.
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Check in on Family, Friends and Neighbors
Even if you don’t feel you can volunteer during this time, then please at least touch base regularly with family and friends. Due to all the practice of social distancing, many people are feeling more isolated than ever. A phone call or a video chat can go a long way to make them feel better and more connected. Hearing another person’s voice or seeing them face to face is more therapeutic than a text. Another cool way to connect with long distance relatives is to send them a letter or card via snail mail. In addition to the surprise they will feel upon receiving the letter, the simple knowledge that you took the time to write will make them feel special.
Other Ways to Help in Your Community
Donate to Your Local Food Bank
The Coronavirus Crisis will affect families all across the U.S. and many already live pay check to pay check. Therefore buying food to feed their families may become difficult. Donating to your local food bank is a great way to help families and children in your community. You can find your local food bank here. You can also donate to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry right in the comfort and safety of your own home.
Another great idea to help others and give back is to organize a canned goods drive for donation. Not only is this a great way to help others, but it will build a strong connection with your neighbors and community. This a project that everyone can be a part of including children and teenagers who are currently not in school. You can even maintain social distancing by having a drop off at your home or community center and your family or close friends could then assist with the delivery to the food bank.
Support Local Health Care Workers
Due to the Coronavirus many hospitals and health organizations are in dire need of medical supplies right now. For instance, protective supplies, gear and diagnostic tests are in short supply. You can donate to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, a fund set up to get these supplies to these groups. You can also give to Doctors Without Borders, an organization whose purpose is to respond to medical humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
On the local front, the best way to show support for your health care friends and family is to say thank you. They are on the front lines, not to mention they are risking their own lives just to help. Let’s share our love and concern for them with cards, phone calls, flowers, or hugs.
If you can give blood, during this critical time, please do. Due to Covid-19 many blood centers have had to cancel their blood drives in communities across America. This is creating a shortage and more lives could be lost unnecessarily as a result. Also, if you are concerned, there is currently no evidence that this respiratory disease can be transmitted by blood donation or transfusion.
Play with some lovable furry friends
Of course you may be feeling a little stir crazy with all this social distancing. Well my friends, there is a local animal shelter that can help you with that. The dogs at the shelter need to be walked every day. Unfortunately this crisis might be keeping some volunteers at home. As an animal shelter volunteer myself, I can tell you that this is something you can do and still keep a good social distance from people. Not to mention it is a great way to still feel connected at least with fur babies anyway.
Certainly, there are many who want to volunteer but need or want to stay at home. Well, there is an option for you too. Living in a virtual world has created an environment conducive to virtual volunteering. Below is a list of groups you can help virtually.
Points of Light – the world’s largest volunteer organization
Crisis Text Line – 24/7 national crisis-intervention and counseling service conducted through SMS Texts
Be My Eyes – free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers to make their world more accessible
Translators without Borders – a non-profit working towards a world where knowledge knows no language barriers.
DoSomething.org – allows you to volunteer for any cause, from anywhere, at anytime
Take Care of Yourself
Finally, and most importantly, take care of yourself! You can’t help your family, friends or anyone else for that matter, if you’re sick. Therefore, I highly encourage you to do the following things.
We hope this post helps you find some ways to give back to your community during this difficult time. In addition to helping others you can also find some fun things to do at home in our latest post. We also have a post on Alternate Travel Ideas during this time.
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