5 Ways to Help Your Community From Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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The coronavirus has officially hit every state in our country and like many of us, we’re all looking for ways to help flatten the curve, stop the spread, and do something good for someone else in this desperate time of need.
And while there are many organizations to donate money to, give blood, and many food banks that can use volunteers, we thought it would also be helpful to come up with a few ways you can help from your home if you’re staying bunkered up during this time. ❤️
On a side note, be sure to also check out this post sharing acts of kindness that are keeping spirits up during the coronavirus chaos.
Before I jump into the ways you can help without leaving your house, please remember that the best and most effective way that we can all help is to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC. By religiously practicing these guidelines every day, we will help slow the spread of the virus and help stop the spread within our human population.
Here are a few ways you can help your community and others during the COVID-19 crisis:
1. Make meals for neighbors.
Whether you know someone who was recently laid off, just had a baby, is elderly, or you just want to be a good neighbor, making some meals for others can be a huge help. If you have the extra food available, this will not only help with the task of cooking but it could even help encourage people to stay home. Every meal counts!
In a time of social distancing, make sure to discuss with neighbors, friends, and family before bringing over meals. If they’d rather keep the space or not take the risk, you’ll want to know this before spending time meal prepping.
Hip Tip: Need some meal ideas? Check out our latest and delicious recipes from dinners to desserts, we’ve got it all! Plus, we have ideas on meal prepping so you can get your neighbors and yourself stocked up.
2. Order gift cards or online merchandise from your favorite small shops.
Living in a city where there are many amazing small shops and family-owned businesses, it’s been absolutely heartbreaking to see their doors shut for an unknown period of time. And while none of us can enjoy physically shopping in their stores right now, you can most likely still buy gift cards on their websites and save for a later date or some are even still shipping merchandise.
Gift cards can either be spent when stores are able to reopen or save them for gifting come Christmas time or for a friend’s upcoming birthday. Either way, if we’re making these efforts together it could help stores stay afloat and keep their employees employed.
3. Support your favorite local eateries.
We already know that one of largest industries being affected right now is the restaurant industry and while every state, county, and town is changing week to week and even day-to-day with new rules and regulations, many restaurants, coffee shops, breweries, and even liquor stores are still offering curbside take out or delivering for as long as they’re allowed.
Even food delivery apps like DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and Uber Eats (I’ve tried them all) are making it easier to support local businesses by offering a no-contact delivery upon request so you can have food delivered to a safe spot right outside your door. Go here for more details.
Here’s a list of every business that is currently closed until further notice.
4. Facetime a friend.
Don’t forget that during this time, it’s not just businesses that need our support – but also some of the people closest to us. Uplifting loved ones during this time of isolation is just as important so as an idea, you can use FaceTime for more than just catching up and do other things together that you might be missing from your once normal lifestyle.
Consider doing a workout together, making a favorite recipe in your kitchens (and eating it together), or since many families are faced with the task of homeschooling, you could even get the kids on FaceTime and do school work together.
Did you know that you can FaceTime up to 32 people at once?! You could essentially get the entire classroom together if you wanted to! And if you don’t have FaceTime? Here are some other free ideas to stay connected if you’re helping flatten the curve with social distancing.
Hip Tip: To make life easy when FaceTiming and doing activities together, I love using this phone tripod so I can talk and do things, completely hands-free!
5. Write letters to residents in nursing homes.
Most nursing homes have gone into full lockdown mode which can exacerbate loneliness and confusion for elderly residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. So whether you have a family member in a nursing home or not, writing a letter to them during this difficult time can have a greater impact than you may think.
Before writing a letter, make sure to double-check with your local facilities to make sure that they’re accepting letters and see if there are any patients that would greatly appreciate such a nice surprise in the mail if you don’t already have someone in mind.
Hip Tip: Not into writing letters? You can also look into remote companies such as Alone, which offer companionship to older people who would like extra social contact through a weekly telephone call. Volunteer visits are typically also an option, however, they’re currently suspended given the circumstances.
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