The world of COVID-19 and quarantine can sometimes feel like a cycle of wanting to help but not knowing exactly how. While we must express gratitude for health care professionals and essential workers on the frontlines of the crisis, there are other little things we can all do to boost our communities.
Some of the things you can do to give back may seem small, but it’s important to remember that every little bit counts. You certainly don’t have to do everything, but finding something that seems possible and achievable can help in a sustained, meaningful way.
Do you have a friend or family member who is aging or immunocompromised? While they may be doing just fine, there is a chance they’re having a difficult time getting their needs met. They may even experience anxiety when they need to go to public places.
Reach out and ask them about their needs. If they’re having trouble getting to the grocery store safely, offer to do their shopping for them. This may seem like a simple task, but it’s a big help to protect someone’s physical and mental health during this tough time.
If you’re a skilled seamstress or a wizard with a 3D printer, you could spend some time crafting and donating supplies to your local hospital. A quick Google search can tell you which facilities or organizations in your area need donations to keep their workers protected.
While each place will have slightly different guidelines, learning to provide what they need is a great way to give back and help protect essential personnel.
If you’re working from home or your budget hasn’t changed much since the quarantine, supporting more small and local businesses can be a great way to give back. If you’re continuing to spend money on nonessentials, these companies could use the support to stay afloat.
When you support a small business, you’re directly contributing to someone’s dreams and livelihood. With the unfortunate dip in the economy, your contribution could make a big difference.
If you still have dollars to spare and you’d like to contribute directly to charitable causes, finding organizations and charities doing work to help people during COVID-19 is a great way to give back. From local response funds to research organizations to food banks, it’s all about the causes you believe in and where your money can do the most good.
Doing your research on companies and nonprofits that are doing their part can help you find a cause you believe in.
If you’re eligible to give blood to those in need, now is as good a time as ever. Due to social distancing and event cancellations, many blood drives have been scrapped. However, hospitals still need donations for those experiencing health problems or surgeries. You can find an active blood drive near you or schedule an appointment to donate.
There’s always an opportunity to get extra creative with your solutions. If you have a special skill or talent, using it to bring joy is one of the best ways to show kindness and support during this time. For example, if you’re a yoga teacher, you can offer a free zoom class for health care professionals and essential workers. If you’re an artist, host a raffle for one of your pieces in exchange for donations to a charity you believe in.
Your skills are unique, and therefore you can offer joy and support in fun and creative ways. Who knows? It could be exactly what someone needs right now.
Whether you’re close to someone who has contracted COVID-19 or lost someone to the virus, moral support and friendship is an important resource for someone struggling. This pandemic impacts everyone differently. If you have energy to spare, simply being there for someone struggling in their physical, mental or emotional health could help more than you realize.
While video chats and phone calls aren’t ideal, they’re much better than feeling lonely all day. Offering to talk, even if it may be uncomfortable, can help someone see a brighter side of things and maybe encourage them to keep fighting on. If you live close by, you can offer to cook a meal or bring them something they need — leaving it outside to maintain social distancing.
If you have the room in your life and your heart to give back, it can be one of the most rewarding and beneficial things you will do. The whole world needs support right now, and the more people that are offering helping hands, the better.