The current coronavirus pandemic has left many of us feeling helpless. We hope for the health and wellbeing of others and want to help in any way that we can, but social distancing can make this tricky. Every single day, nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, post office employees, and other individuals risk their lives to work the front line. Here is how to give back to your community during COVID.
If you can stay home, please do. Adhering to social distancing measures is essential as we work to flatten the curve. Even if you are not at high risk, you could easily infect those around you with underlying health conditions. By staying home, you are decreasing your likelihood of getting sick, which makes healthcare worker’s jobs much, much more manageable.
Apart from keeping yourself safe, think of your parents, grandparents, and other relatives who are at a higher risk of contracting COVID. There is an alarming amount of research that indicates many of us may be carriers of COVID yet asymptomatic. Stay home, keep yourself and others safe.
Non-essential local businesses have been closed for some time now. They are struggling to keep up with expenses due to the lack of activity. Nerves and tension are high for these businesses as there is uncertainty as to when it will be safe for these establishments to reopen. If you can, support your local businesses by purchasing gift cards for future use! This can be a gift card to your favorite restaurant or small boutique in town. Think about it, could you really live without your favorite Chinese takeout from down the street? We didn’t think so. So, do some early Christmas shopping and help give back to your community at the same time.
Your voice is a valuable resource when taking the time to give back to your community. Speak about things that matter! Help to organize virtual donations for seniors in town who need extra help. Bring awareness to local animal shelters that are looking for good homes for dogs to live in during quarantine. If you come across any great community opportunities, share them with others!
If you are feeling crafty, or maybe just bored, channel your creative energy into giving back to your community. Masks are becoming a scarce resource as the pandemic continues, and those who are working the front lines will need clean options to use daily. Cloth masks are a great option and can be donated to your local grocery store workers to show your appreciation and give back to your community. There are many places online where you can find fun colored patterns that might brighten a worker’s day. Find patterns such as local sports teams or seasonal themes to spice them up! These masks are machine washable, and you can watch a tutorial on how to put your sewing skills to the test here!
If you are a parent of a child who is currently transitioning to online and remote learning, keep in mind that their teacher is also undergoing all of this change as well. Plus, now that you see how your kids are when doing schoolwork, those teachers deserve a gold medal. Show your support for their continued dedication to your child’s education and growth. Write an email expressing your gratitude, the world needs a little more of this right now. It will make that teacher’s day and serve as a great way to give back to your community. Also, the company Logitech is offering free headsets to K-12 teachers to help support them in their virtual learning journey. So spread the word!
If you can, many charitable organizations are looking for donations to help give back to your community. Gifts are a fabulous way to help out during this time. The World Health Organization offers a donation program here. If you are interested in helping a hospital local to Boston, look into making a donation to Brigham Women’s Hospital as they continue to fight the virus.
This is a stressful time for many people. Loss of jobs, the spread of the virus, and social distancing measures can have a significant impact on the mental health of us all. If you are interested in learning more about how to maintain good mental health during this time. Check-in on friends, neighbors, and family members. Use technology to your advantage. Create a family zoom call or just dial the phone and reach out to your neighbors down the street. Just showing that you care and seeing how they are doing can be very beneficial in lifting the spirits of essential people in your life.
How have you been giving back to your community during this time? Let us know!