How to Help People During the Coronavirus Pandemic

We've compiled a list of ideas and places to volunteer your time amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Let's spread some big love and be there for one another. 

 

Furry Friends   

Our local humane societies are seeking foster parents for homeless animals for the next 4-6 weeks. Check your local humane society or animal adoption agencies and bring a little furry companion into your home. PS: Now might be a good time to adopt. ;)  🐩  

 

Hunger

Deliver fresh meals to people in need through #ChefsforAmericaInvisible HandsMeals on Wheels or Shopping Angels. You can always check with your local food bank and see what kind of support they need.  

I also found an amazing way to feed doctors, nurses and all clinicians who are so overloaded right now that they don't have time to think about food. You can partner with restaurant take-out services and purchase meals that will be delivered to the hospitals. You can also start this service in your local community if there is not one set up yet. Find out more here

Restaurants are struggling to stay open, so consider buying gift certificates to keep them afloat. If you are ordering take-out, order from the restaurant directly. Grubhub, Seamless, etc. take a percentage of sales which is not good for the restaurants.  

 

Community Partners

There is a Facebook group here in Bend, OR called Pandemic Partners. It's a place where people can ask for and offer help (anything from medicine delivery to indoor toys for kids). I encourage you to find FB groups local to your area and check to see what help you can offer. PS: If there's not a group in your town, maybe you can start one!

Another way to offer help is by downloading the Nextdoor App which connects you to people in your neighborhood. There is a discussion board on the app so you can offer or ask for assistance during this time of need.

If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, please check on them if they are quarantined with their abuser. Ask the person for a code word so you know if you need to call the police. Never hesitate to call 911 if you hear someone screaming or yelling (it's always better to interrupt the abuse). More information at the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

We hope you're all staying safe and healthy amidst coronavirus. To all of you on the front lines, we thank you!