Family & Community

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Help Others

We are making history right now. The pandemic we’re living in has changed the way we live, work, and socialize. It has made thousands ill and taken hundreds of thousands of lives right before our eyes. We don’t know when it will end, but we do know this time will be remembered. This time has also brought a sense of togetherness to small communities across the world and opened our hearts to connect with others in a way that may have never seemed possible.

Being confined to our homes under quarantine has created a surge in digital resources to fill our time, yet many of them don’t provide an answer to the overwhelming questions we are asking themselves: “What can I do to help?” “How can I make a difference?” “Am I doing enough?”

Here are five easy ways you can help others, starting today.

Make hand sanitizer. 

Yes! This is absolutely doable at home–you just have to get the proportions right. Hand sanitizer is out of stock or limited in many areas, so helping create more and sharing with friends, family, co-workers, a church or shelter, will go a long way. Here’s a hand sanitizer recipe from Wired. Place your sanitizer in clean, used soap dispensers or travel bottles from your local pharmacy.

Be a friend.

A Call to Care is a virtual buddy system. Simply fill out an online form and the husband-and-wife organization sets you up with someone who is looking for a friend to check in with them on a casual basis. Just recently formed, A Call to Care began in February 2020 as a local community project to be sure all the neighborhood elders had a phone buddy to check on them while the world practices social distancing. This is such a simple way to make a big, direct impact on one individual.

Order in.

Small business owners are struggling right now. Think of the restaurants in your community that have remained open to offer delivery or carry-out, then order from them to provide your financial support. Certain food and supplies have increased cost at this time, among other hardships Coronavirus has brought to communities. Remember to give a big tip, too!

Make face masks.

It is now being recommended that everyone wear a face mask in public–that means billions are needed. This article from CNET tells us everything we ever needed to know about face masks: what they protect us from, what they don’t, who needs what kind, where to get supplies, and more. Learn how to make a face mask (sew or no-sew) and start sharing your beautiful–and practical–work.

Donate, donate, donate!

Now is the time to gather up the things you aren’t using. When choosing what you will donate, always keep in mind who could benefit from your giving. Schools are short on technology–do you have unused or old computers, tablets, or laptops? People are short on food and paper products–do you have extra pantry items you could drop at a local food pantry? With distancing restrictions, there is a need for giving blood–that is something almost everyone can do! Your local shelter, pantry, church or community center is a good place to start when looking for donation centers or specific items you can provide for others.