How to engage with your community during COVID-19
Now, more than ever, we need to focus on how we can give back to our communities through service and kindness. Here are some ideas for how you can give back while staying safe!
Follow these links to find creative ways to use your time and skills to volunteer online.
Volunteer in Your Community
Your safety and the safety of others is the ABSOLUTE FIRST PRIORITY. Do not volunteer under any conditions where you cannot practice safe and recommended physical distancing. Also, be sure to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves if you are leaving your home.
Research local non-profits and community organizations to identify the specific needs of your community. When you find one you are interested in, contact them to see what needs they have and if you can help in any way. Be sure to ask them how they are protecting their volunteers and how they are practicing physical distancing.
Organizations that may be in need:
- Homeless shelters
- Food banks
- Community kitchens
- Youth organizations like The Boys and Girls Club
Serving others is not limited to volunteering with non-profits. Now if the time for the most basic and foundational element of service, kindness.
Here are some ideas for how you can serve others around you through kindness:
- Offer to run errands for friends/family/neighbors who are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. This can be a grocery run, going to the post office, picking up medications, etc.
- If you know any teachers, ask if there is any way you can help with their expanded workload.
- Buy gift certificates from local small businesses. You can save them for later OR give them to people providing vital services, such as mail carriers, sanitation workers, and grocery store employees.
- Contact local assisted living facilities to see if there is any way you can help brighten their day such as writing letters or making cards.
Though it is important to give your time to your community through volunteering, there is an extreme needs for donations at this time. Monetary donations are the most helpful, but there are also opportunities to donate goods locally.
It is critical to research organizations before donating to ensure your security. Many new funds and charities have been created in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, so be sure to confirm your donation is going to a legitimate organization. Try to find donation links through trusted sources instead of google search results.
The American Red Cross is also in great need of blood donations because many of their blood drives have been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
To find out more about their COVID-19 response and to make an appointment visit the American Red Cross website.