Looking for the Good: Easy Ways to Make a Difference
It is hard to believe that summer is almost over, and the pandemic is still in full swing. Though there has been some progress and some re-openings, it is clear that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Times are tough for a lot of people dealing with the prolonged effects and consequences of this pandemic. The U.S reached a record unemployment number in April of this year, with many in need of assistance. If you are interested in helping, here are some easy ways to help those affected that aren’t monetary donations:
People around the country have faced immense hardship, and there are still a lot of goods that people need but don’t have access to. The beginning of the pandemic saw massive food bank lines as people lost their jobs and means to feed their families. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s recent health tracking poll, one in four Americans are reducing their meal size, skipping meals, or relying on food donations. Donating to your local food bank or organizations like Feeding America is an easy way to give back and help feed your neighbors.
Other supplies that you could donate are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you happen to have or find PPE such as N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, gowns, etc., local hospitals and healthcare facilities are in dire need of these. Get Us PPE and Donate PPE are two national organizations you can donate through to help your local health workers stay protected while they help the sick.
Donate Your Time
Now that a lot of us are working from home, we have some extra time on our hands that used to be consumed by commuter traffic. Donating some of your time is an easy and inexpensive way to help others who are experiencing difficulties during this trying period. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, those most at risk were the first to become isolated with strict no-visitor policies. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes around the country have started pen pal programs in the hopes to help curb their residents’ loneliness since many have not been able to see their family or loved ones since the start of the pandemic. One such program is the Victoria Senior Care pen pal program that was nationally featured in the news as their Facebook post went viral.
Another way to donate your time is to be a Be My Eyes volunteer. Times of isolation can be difficult for people with visual impairments. Be My Eyes is a free app that provides blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers through a live video call. By signing up, you can help a blind or low-vision person check an expiration date, distinguish colors, or read instructions to name a few ways.
Lastly, an easy way to donate two minutes of your time and help those affected by the COVID-19 crisis is by taking our survey! Help us understand how strategies for internal risks and security may be shifting as a result of the current and future business environments. When you complete the quick two-minute survey, we will donate $20 to Direct Relief to help health workers in the U.S. responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, you will be providing valuable information to aid in your future risk-prevention strategies.
Regardless of how you decide to help, it’s important to help those who are struggling and keep looking for the good because by helping, you are the good.