As we begin to make temporary adjustments to our lifestyle following the arrival of COVID-19, our communities may face added challenges. Here we have identified a few ways we can work together to support our neighbors and help lessen the impact and stress associated with the virus. We can reinforce our communities' strength if we all work together!
Support Vulnerable Communities
Homeless shelters can always use extra supplies to help keep their spaces safe. If you have additional hand sanitizer, tissues, bleach, plastic gloves, etc., please consider donating to your local shelter! Or, make a financial donation to support their work.
Small businesses are likely to be impacted by the decrease in customers as people opt to stay inside. Help spread the word of your favorite small businesses in your area, and if your favorite local store also has an online shop, consider making a purchase now! Or support local restaurants by purchasing gift cards to use in the future.
Spread the Positivity
Take care of yourself and share resources with your community. We love this new guide from Shine Text: Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety.
Be Somebody's Lifesaver
Donate blood! There has been a reduction in those coming to donate, but there are consistently people in need of this life-saving service. Please check with your local Red Cross to identify the safest way to donate blood - many have mobile donation sites or other opportunities.
Practice Conscious Consumerism
Encourage your community members to purchase just what they need in these upcoming weeks. It is easy to get swept up in the anxiety of the outbreak and feel compelled to over-purchase, but this can get out of hand quickly. It also contributes to the feeling of scarcity, which can, in turn, create more anxiety!
Stay (Safely) Connected
We love this idea of a Neighborhood Pod coming out of Massachusetts! This is a great structure to coordinate with your community and neighbors to help make sure people have what they need during this time.
Check-in with your neighbors, your co-workers, and your friends as many choose to stay inside in the upcoming weeks. It can be an isolating time, and it never hurts to send a just-thinking-of-you message as a reminder we're not alone. ❤️