This unprecedented pandemic has now reached every U.S. state and has touched communities in ways that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago. As our brave healthcare workers fight the fight on the frontlines, there are things you can do to help your communities as well.
The number one thing you can do to help your community and our brave healthcare workers is to stay home. Need groceries, use a delivery service. Need to grab something at the store, call ahead and see if they offer curbside pickup. Have to go to the bank or the credit union, download their mobile app instead. Want to visit a family member, use Skype or Facetime. Only go out if you absolutely have to.
Due to the cancellation of blood drives and the closing of some collection centers, the US is facing a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to maintain a sufficient supply. Contact these organizations to help:
One of the best ways to help is to donate to organizations that have the infrastructure in-place to assist communities during a crisis. Not everyone is able to donate now, but if you can afford to, here are a few to consider:
Don’t see your charity of choice, feel free to explore Charity Navigator to find charities in need of support during this crisis.
As the government’s stimulus checks begin to hit accounts all over throughout the country, the money will help millions of Americans survive this crisis. But if you are in a position where you don’t need the stimulus money, consider giving it to someone that does or donating it to one of the worthy organizations listed above.
When you think of artists, you probably think of the rich and famous, but most artists are not rich or famous. With no concerts, art galleries, shows or plays, many of these artists are struggling. Now is a great time for you to support your favorite artist by buying their work online, subscribing to their online content or by supporting them through an organization like CERF+. Their covid-19 response fund is a safety net for artists who contract the virus and are suffering severe health impacts. You can donate on their website.
Restaurants have been some of the hardest hit businesses during this crisis. If you want to help them, you can order delivery through an online delivery service or even donate to a restaurant's employee fund. Many restaurants have started funds like these to help support their out-of-work employees until they are able to reopen. Want to know if your favorite restaurant is delivering or has set up an employee relief fund, the best way to find out is to visit their website. One other great way to give a local restaurant a much needed infusion of cash, is to buy gift cards from them. This gets them much-needed cash now and it gets you a great meal for the future.
Because animal shelters in cities across America have closed and adoptions have slowed dramatically, you can help our furry friends by adopting a pet. Most shelters have online adoption services where you can check out photos or videos of amazing pets that need a home. Don’t have a lifestyle that accommodates a pet, use your time inside during the crisis to consider becoming a foster parent to a pet. Who knows, you may fall in love and end up keeping your new quarantine buddy. The Best Friends Animal Society has a site where you can search for organizations near you that need help.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to help out during the crisis. Can you think of any other things that people can do to help, leave them in the comments below.