How You Can Help Your Community During the Coronavirus Pandemic
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world, there are more and more people affected by it. And they need help now more than ever. Relief can come from various places and if you think that only healthcare workers can do their part to help out, you are wrong.
People from all walks of life can provide some type of assistance. And that includes you too. You are already helping a lot by washing your hands regularly and avoiding large gatherings. But you can also do more. Here are some ways in which you can help your community make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donate to COVID-19 relief and emergency funds
The most immediate impact that you can make is to donate money to emergency funds that non-profit organizations have set up. This is what wealthy and influential people from around the world are doing and they always know how to be as effective as possible with their money.
The world's most generous people such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and Indian business tycoon Azim Premji have already donated millions of dollars to various COVID-19 relief funds.
You can do the same. You don't have to spend millions to have an impact. Even the smallest of donations can have a big effect if they go towards the right cause.
When you donate to these COVID-19 relief funds, you can rest assured that your donation will go where it's needed the most. Non-profits usually direct most of the funds they collect to healthcare organizations and workers. This means that you will be helping out people who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 battle. And a donation cannot get more effective than that.
Volunteer for organizations that provide services in your community
Volunteers who were helping the community before the COVID-19 pandemic struck are now finding it hard to get to everyone. Because of the various safety and health concerns, volunteers cannot carry out the critical services they previously delivered to people.
What is more, due to COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns people, and especially the elderly, cannot leave their homes as often. This means that they are not able to get their essentials such as food and medicine. As a result, they become another group of people that volunteers need to cater to. With volunteer resources as stretched as they are, this task is simply impossible.
This is where you can help. You can reach out to your local volunteer organizations and ask how you can assist them. They will certainly appreciate the gesture and will find something that you can do which won't be a risk to your health.
Help the ones around you
You don't have to be involved with volunteer organizations or donate money to help out. The pandemic has caused all sorts of problems to people and that means that assistance is now in high-demand everywhere. There's probably someone that needs your help even as you are reading this.
Carrying out even the most routine of errands is now a complicated endeavor. For instance, due to COVID-19 safety measures, animal owners have difficulties taking their pets to the vet. This was a routine visit in the past but is something very difficult to do now. Animal keepers have to settle for online assessments of their pets as in-person visits are restricted for serious cases only.
If these animal owners are older and have trouble using computers and cameras, that's something that you can help out with. Similarly, if the animal has a serious injury, you can arrange for a safe visit to the vet's office.
There are countless ways that you can help people out. You only need to have the desire to do so. Once you do help, you can rest assured that someone will be very grateful for your assistance.
Use your voice to help out
Even if you cannot do any of the things above, you can still use your voice to let people know that there are individuals and organizations out there that need their help.
Social networking platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp enable communities to coordinate action and that's very important during times such as these. This means that you can use these platforms to get your COVID-19 message across easily.
You can utilize social media for things such as educating people on the importance of maintaining their hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, and wearing face masks.
Similarly, you can also make the most of social media by drumming up support for COVID-19-stricken individuals and tell your friends and followers which people need help. Your social media voice can be instrumental in dealing with the pandemic and now is the right time to use it.