While we continue to practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, many of us yearn to do more to help our healthcare workers, struggling business owners, employees, and of course, our friends and loved ones. Luckily, there are many opportunities in which local businesses and organizations can take matters into their own hands and help rebuild their community. Below, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help make a difference during the COVID-19 crisis.
Help healthcare workers get equipment
One of the most significant issues during this unforeseen event has been the widespread shortage of protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and isolation gowns, which are crucial for healthcare workers to safely treat others as well as for the general public to use when leaving to make necessary trips out of the house. Businesses that specialize in procuring and distributing equipment may be able to offer help to supply this protective equipment or other crucial medical supplies. Those who may have the materials at home can also help produce and donate these supplies to local hospitals or those in need.
Provide food for those in need
More than 10 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits since the start of the pandemic, and unfortunately, that number may rise depending on the circumstances. Restaurants may be able to help by promoting deals to help those in need to feed their families. Emergency food sources are also diminishing and need donations. Anyone can support local food banks by making a donation or providing food directly.
Offer transportation to those at risk
Some people are more vulnerable than others during the coronavirus pandemic and may need assistance getting their essential items. Those with delivery have the ability to bring meals, groceries, or picking up prescriptions to those that may have a higher risk when leaving their home. People that are available and have transportation may also be able to help their communities, as many have made Facebook pages for their neighborhood in order to help those around them. Simple acts of kindness can go a long way!
Put your skills to work
Whether you’re in web design, finance, or a fitness studio, there are still plenty of opportunities that could potentially help a lot of people. Consider offering your expertise remotely. If you’re a certified financial planner, you can offer a pro bono to help those that may have lost their jobs or people who need help budgeting their expenses. Professional fitness trainers can also offer services online and teach at-home workouts. Whether it be yoga, stretching, or cardio, any amount of physical activity will be helpful for those bunkered down at home.