5 Ways You Can Help Your Community During This Time
One of the things that’s been keeping me up at night lately is figuring out how to help and make an impact during a time like this. Since we’ve found ourselves in this new reality, I’ve made it my goal to bring light to the people and organizations who are in the most dire need. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your contributions, however big or small. The messages I have received thanking my community for rallying behind individuals in need were overwhelming. During times like these, even the smallest act of kindness makes the world brighter! In an effort to keep the goodwill going, I’ve compiled a list of the things I’m doing to try and help my community during this time. I want to encourage each of you to do whatever you can to help those around you—we all need the support right now, and your acts of kindness go further than you know.
Whether it’s calling up a friend you haven’t chatted with in awhile, or checking in on a family member, pick up the phone and make the call. Make sure to check in on your strong friends, too. We’re all going to get through this together ❤️
#1. Donate to your local food bank
Food banks are so important right now. So many more people are relying on food donations to get their families through this time. Look through your pantry and use spring cleaning as an opportunity to purge what you have to spare!
#2. Support your local small businesses
Small businesses are going to be some of the hardest hit during this time. Our support means everything to them! Order takeout or delivery, or just buy a gift card you can spend once this is all over. Don’t forget about the power of social media! Even a repost or tag can give the best exposure for new customers.
#3 Bring awareness to causes you care about
Social media is one of the most powerful tools we have right now! Support any cause or organization you’re passionate about by sharing on social media where your friends and family can donate or how they can help contribute during this time!
#4 Offer your support to your neighbors
This is a great chance to get to know your neighbors (from a distance). Check if there are any elderly folks in your building or neighborhood that could need help with groceries or errands. I suggest posting a note in a common area and leaving your number on it so your neighbors can easily call or text you. Many people are hesitant to ask for help unless someone offers, the smallest gestures really do make the biggest impact.
#5 Stay home and practice social distancing
This one is the most important and obvious but I thought I’d include it to just really drive the point home. As much as all these good deeds will help our community, the EASIEST and BEST thing you can do for your community is to stay home and practice social distancing. In LA, our major said that this week was crucial to flatten the curve. Cut back on even your essential errands. Make the items in your pantry last longer. Perhaps even skip that walk outside. It’s the least we can do 🙂
Thank you all for doing what you can to make our community a better place during this difficult time!