Make a Difference
Make a difference while you’re quarantined! Just because we can’t be together doesn’t mean we can’t help one another. Volunteering and giving back is a healthy way to find purpose and a positive outlook during stressful times. Here are 10 ways you can help others – even while sheltering in place!
- Mail a homemade card to your child’s teacher. She will love knowing that your child is still thinking of her!
- If you’re lucky enough to find cleaning supplies or sanitizer, donate them. Hospitals and medical centers need them, as do essential daycare centers and nursing homes.
- Pick up the phone. Spend a few minutes each day checking in with elderly family members or neighbors you know live alone.
- Make a financial donation to a food pantry. With the cost of groceries going up and families dealing with job layoffs, the role of food pantries is more important than ever.
- Donate blood. As long as you are healthy and get safely get to a blood bank, your donation would be very helpful to medical providers during this time.
- Send groceries. If you know someone who has been laid off, a grocery gift card would be a great gesture. For someone who is in the high-risk category, consider gifting a grocery delivery service.
- Set out a box of treats for delivery people who come to your door. Say thanks for those who continue to work!
- Consider fostering or adopting a pet. It can be a challenge for shelters to provide for extra animals during this time. Help lighten their load by making some room in your home.
- Seek out single-parent families. Particularly if they have small children, it is hard for single parents to run essential errands without their children in tow. Volunteer to combine their errands with yours!
- Show gratitude to the essential workers in your life. They are working to keep our society functioning while we are binge-watching Tiger King. Clean up their yard, send pizza delivery to their house or buy them a gas card.