Ways to Help Your Community During COVID-19
As we continue to endure a confusing time for the United States, it is important to focus on your local community to create a connection and help those in need. Permit Advisors main mission goal has always been to help businesses expand and lay roots in cities, which helps boost the local economy and create relationships. During the COVID-19 pandemic, growing as a neighborhood is more crucial than ever.
Here are some tips on how to help your community throughout this pandemic.
Donate to nonprofits that are helping to respond to COVID-19
If you are in a financial position to do so, consider donating to organizations that need the funds. During crises like the one we are in right now; non-profit organizations experience tremendous financial strain. Most likely, they have far exceeded their expenses and are relying heavily on donations from external sources. Donating money allows professionals with the time, knowledge, and experience receive the resources they need to make the largest impact.
- Partners In Health
- Direct Relief
- CDC Foundation
- United Way
- Feeding America
Shop at local small businesses
This pandemic is most likely going to heavily impact our economy. Unfortunately, the ones who hurt the most when the economy suffers are small businesses and their employees. If you have the means to support your local small businesses, not only will the families run the business benefit, but the community itself will thrive. Stock up on future gift cards, take an online fitness class, order carry-out from a restaurant, or shop at a local market (safely).
Buy groceries for neighbors
If you are healthy and able to travel to the grocery store in a safe and efficient way, why not help any neighbors who are not able to? Some neighbors are experiencing the choice between risking their health drastically or not being able to eat. Grocery delivery apps can be very expensive, as well, for some families. Apps like NextDoor allow people to connect with those that live around them. This way you can reach out to your neighbors without having to break any social distancing protocols. Be sure to wash your hands before and after any visits outside the house.
The American Red Cross recently announced that due to the cancellations of blood drivers in the United States because of COVID-19, there is a severe blood shortage across the nation. As of March 17th, there have been more than 2,700 blood drives that have been canceled all over the country.
If you are able to, donating blood can be a great way to support your community. Not only is it saving lives, but it is a safe and clean way to volunteer your time in this pandemic as the Red Cross is taking every precaution necessary to provide a secure environment.
Stay at home and connect
The number one thing you can do to help your community during the coronavirus is to simply stay home. Reducing the curve is crucial and the only thing we can do that will limit the exposure of the virus to our neighbors. As terrible as it is to cancel events we were looking forward to, it is what we need to do to get through this tumultuous time.
Luckily, now is a perfect opportunity to explore your hobbies and your routine at home. Start a new project you have been putting off, connect with your family and friends that live far away, write the novel you have always wanted to begin. This is a scary and troubling time, but we can not let ourselves give up hope. We will all get through this!