Lending support and help: how you can make a difference in your community during COVID-19 and beyond
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
COVID 19 has rendered individuals jobless. Families are struggling now, more than ever because the new normal has forced many to push forward into the age of technology. Following are simple things we can all do to embrace the “Village mentality” and engage the togetherness of community:
1. PAY IT FORWARD
This humanitarian concept is becoming quite the norm! If you are in a grocery store, gas station, or drive through line, consider contributing an anonymous dollar amount to the bill of the person behind you, with a kind note that they “pay it forward” by returning the gesture in a way that is financially affordable to them.
2. HELLO RENEWS HOPE
Often, we go about our days oblivious to the world around us. Today, a kind hello and a smile can go a long way. It can make a difference in a person’s day, specifically since social distancing requirements and COVID have forced people to adapt to a “new normal”. Building humanitarian bridges can open the lines of communication where information to facilitate and navigate effectively through these trying times for work, education and life can be shared.
3. DON’T WEAR THE MASK SHARE THE MASK
Sounds crazy right? I do not mean don’t wear the mask literally, I mean don’t wear the mask figuratively. Let the human characteristics of being your brother and sister’s keeper shine through. Many people wear a mask of being uncaring to protect their “vulnerability”. Take off that mental mask and help by offering kind gestures such as buying a pack of masks from the dollar store and freely offering them to homeless, or disenfranchised individuals.
4. DONATE, DONATE, DONATE
Those who are now working remotely are saving tons of money from transportation costs (gas, subway, bus, etc.). Consider donating a percentage to a charitable organization to help those less fortunate.
5. EDUCATE, INFORM and ENGAGE
Start a community check in call log to ensure that Seniors and individuals with a disability living in your respective communities have enough food and resources to keep them comfortable in this time of need. For the latest updates on COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
6. LEARN and BOND—Family Time
This is a great time to learn with your children. It also builds family togetherness and strengthens those much-needed bonds between families. Get creative and have fun learning together! “Each one teach one”!