Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Sometimes the best way to boost your own mood, is to help others. Here are some ideas for how you can help your community without jeopardizing your own health or the health of those around you.
Things You Can Do From Home:
Reach out to Neighbors - You do not need to go far to find someone who needs help. Reach out to elderly neighbors, neighbors with health problems, or anyone you think may be feeling isolated and ask if they need anything. You can offer to go to the store for those who are more vulnerable. If you stocked up on the essentials early, consider sharing with those who may not have. Remember that everyone needs human connection, especially now. Take the time to talk to others at a safe distance or through a screen door or window. This is a time for physical distance, not social distance.
Foster a Pet -The coronavirus pandemic has forced non-profit organizations like the Richmond Animal League (RAL) and other animal shelters to temporarily close to protect the health of their workers and the public. However, the dedicated individuals that work at RAL are still working around the clock to find animals homes. This means there is an increased demand for foster families. If you are interested in fostering a cat or dog, please fill out this emergency foster form for RAL. All needed pet supplies are provided for you.
Supports the Kids - School is out, but this is no vacation. We are all stuck inside waiting for this to be over, and kids are no exception. If you have old toys or children's books that you are not using, this is a great time to donate them. Ask a neighbor or friend with children if they would like your old toys. If you sanitize them (with Lysol or bleach) and leave them on their front porch in a clean garbage bag, then there is no risk associated with this act of kindness. School is not only a place of learning for many children, it is also where they get their one main meal a day. If you do not have old toys at home, but you still want a way to help children during this time consider donating to No Kid Hungry or Feeding America. Stay tuned for more information on a CSSC service project to help provide meals to kids in need!
Venturing Outside the Home Responsibly:
Donate Blood - If you are in good health, donating blood is a great thing to do during this time to support your community. You can make an appointment to donate blood at a location near you by going to the Red Cross Website or by downloading their app Blood Donor American Red Cross.
Assist with Testing - If you are in very good health, you may be interested in assisting with testing sick individuals for coronavirus. Remote Area Medical is looking for clinical and non-clinical volunteers to help staff pop-up free drive-thru testing sites across the US. All volunteers are provided with personal protective equipment (PPE). If this is something you are interested in, visit Remote Area Medical's website.