I’m officially in week three of working from home, and quite honestly, I’ve been feeling pretty helpless when it comes to contributing to society in the wake of a pandemic. I’m doing my part and staying home. I don’t go out unless absolutely necessary and when I’m walking my dog, I avoid being close to people at all costs.
(being an extrovert is tough right now)
So lately I’ve been wanting to find ways to give back or help when there are people on the front lines risking their lives daily for all of us. I think a lot of people are getting to this point, so I wanted to share a few of my ideas.
Reach out to your friends, family, & acquaintances
You may already be doing this for your sanity, but have you thought about how this is helping others? Check in with people, ask how they’re doing and actively listen. Offer kind words, thoughtful advice, or just an understanding ear. My best friend Jennifer, recently posted for people to share what color heart they aligned with that day and then reached out to each person. It was so thoughtful and kind.
- National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1−800−799−7233
Deliver groceries or other items to those at risk
Some people literally cannot go to a store or leave their homes. They aren’t able to even come close to unsanitary products. Offer yourself up for deliveries or grocery ones to those in need. Bring someone a meal and a clorox wipe.
Become a Pandemic Penpal
Many people who are living in assisted living facilities are not allowed to have visitors. Imagine how lonely this becomes. Find a local assisted living home near you and write some notes to residents. Become their Pandemic Penpal.
Sew face masks
As many know, face masks are in high demand for health care professionals. Those working the front lines need ways to keep themselves safe. If you know how to sew, make some masks. Can’t find the elastic you need? My friend thought to use the elastic in a lightly used fitted sheet (#genius) and now she’s able to create masks for those in need.
Donate to a nonprofit
Nonprofits and their services are quickly cutting back resources with lack of fundraising right now. Many people are being affected by this. Think of the kids who cannot get their meals because school is closed, think of the people who are stuck now in abusive homes and are unable to leave, think of the cancer patients who can’t confidently go into their treatment facility without the fear of being exposed. People need your help. Here are some organizations I love:
- Feeding America: US Hunger Relief
- Domestic Abuse Project
- American Cancer Society (yes, I work here and am biased, but I love this organization)
- Also, I’m doing a Facebook Fundraiser for opening our Hope Lodges to health care providers (if you want to donate)
Everyone can give back in various ways and it doesn’t always have to involve money. Be there for each other, spread constant kindness, and understand everyone is experiencing this pandemic differently.
I am thinking of each of you, lovin’ ya from afar, and hoping you’re doing well. If you’re feeling stir crazy, check out my last two posts: 10 things to do in Quarantine and more things to do while distancing.
What are you doing to give back right now?
Thanks for reading,