Happy Friday. One thing I have been thinking a lot about is how to help those heavily affected by COVID-19. Honestly, everyone needs help. It’s scary how many people need help, and it’s hard to know WHO to help when you have limited time and resources and we need to avoid social contact. My best advice (and what I am doing) is to pick a few things you feel strongly about, and do those things as best and as much as you can. Do the things that appeal to you most – if we all do that, these small acts can add up to bigger things. This obviously is not a comprehensive way to help absolutely everyone; but it’s a start. I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments!
COVID-19: How to Help
First of all, STAY THE F*CK HOME! If, at this point, you are out socializing, I am shook. Please stay in. It isn’t about you getting sick, it’s about stopping the spread. A few of the things I am mentioning here will involve leaving the house, but they are for good reasons. And while you’re at it, call your parents and tell them to stay in, too! I did this… and know a lot of you did the same. And also: don’t hoard masks and toilet paper! (If you did, you can always donate them back!!)
It’s their relief fund, which donates to a range of amazing charities: Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, No Kid Hungry, National Domestic Workers Alliance, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the CDC Foundation, and Direct Relief. I love this as we’ve all been told to spread our donations around, and this does exactly that.
Help the Homeless.
To look up shelters in your community and donate directly to them, use this site.
Support Small Businesses + Restaurants.
Small businesses and restaurants are being hit especially hard. Food and Wine has a great piece on how to help restaurants without even leaving your home. From buying gift cards that you’ll use later (or placing orders now and letting them know you don’t expect to receive anything now), to writing positive reviews on yelp to ordering take out, there is a lot you can do!
Also if you are healthy, consider giving blood. With the pandemic happening, supply is running low (and people are afraid to donate!) According to the Red Cross + CDC, it’s safel A blood shortage is very scary for anyone currently relying on donated blood (people with chronic illnesses, cancer, etc) or anyone having an unexpected accident or emergency.
If you are healthy, especially if you have a car, consider volunteering with Meals on Wheels and/or other local delivery services. Elderly people who can’t leave their homes need your help! A little googling will help, too. Local to Brooklyn, my friend discovered Heights and Hills. Similar to Meals on Wheels, you can sign up to deliver food, but another thing you can do is train to do check-in calls with the elderly. You’ll just call and say hello and see how they are doing, if they need help, and so on and so forth.
Become a Care Buddy!
Call to Care is a great organization; they recognize that many people feel alone and isolated right now. They are cross generational pen pals (they pair under 70 folks with over 70 folks) together as “care buddies.” The point is to laugh, share worries, talk about TV shows, and and foster community. I signed up last night!!!
What are your favorite ways to help out?