COVID-19 has created tragics impacts on this country, infecting millions and killing hundreds of thousands while simultaneously creating untold destruction on countless local economies. Indeed, there hasn’t been a community in the United States that has not been impacted, in some way, by COVID-19.
At the same time, this terrible period has seen tens of millions of Americans rise up and find some way of giving back to their communities. There is no shortage of ways to support your community. Here are a few.
First, support local businesses, particularly restaurants, bars, or tourism locations, all of whom have borne the brunt of COVID-19. While eating inside may not be advisable right now, find out if there are ways you can eat outside or get takeout. These restaurants are hurting and need your support.
Second, check out blood donations. With the countless office closures, many blood banks have been unable to get into their mobile donations and have suffered critical blood shortages as a result. If you are able, donate blood.
Third, call your local food bank and find out what donations they may need. As noted above, tens of millions of Americans are now unemployed and in major economic trouble. This has meant that far too many Americans are going hungry. Thankfully, donations have stepped up to these critical food banks, but if you are able, make sure to donate food or money to these vital institutions.
Fourth, check with local leaders and find out where the help is needed. Like Chambers of Commerce, local business groups often have a good grasp of where volunteers are needed. The same can be said about local government officials. If you have time or money and want to give back, reach out to these institutions and ask them where the greatest need is.
You can also check with a local senior facility or long-term care residence. Thanks to COVID, these places have been cut off from their family and friends. Many have developed technological options to stay in touch or are actively seeking contact via cards and letters. Reach out to one of these places and find out if that is something they are looking for.
COVID-19 has been a massive tragedy, but it has brought out the best of people in many cases. By giving back, you can be part of the good that has come thanks to this pandemic.