It’s a tough time for everyone. COVID-19 has become a global problem rather quickly, taking all of us by surprise. The pandemic has affected every person, business, and organization in one way or another.
Surely, a lot of us are going through tough times especially now. So, wouldn’t it be great if you can cheer up somebody by helping them either personally or through a community or organizational initiative? When you do, you will also feel a sense of fulfillment and purpose.
Fortunately, you can still continue doing philanthropic activities and giving back to the community. There are several ways to do this, such as:
- Start by giving to your community.
One of the easiest ways to help others is to start within your community and network. Reach out to your neighbors who might be in need of assistance at this time. For instance, do you know if there are senior citizens or persons with disabilities in your neighborhood who can’t get out to buy food and supplies? Check on them to see if they need help. Maybe you can help by buying their grocery list for them? Check on your coworkers and friends as well. The simple act of asking how they’re doing can already make them feel that they’re cared for.
- Make a donation personally or through a reliable organization.
Many people nowadays are going through financial difficulties. A lot lost their jobs, while those who are applying for work may have trouble getting hired. If you have extra funds that you can spare, choose a charity that embodies a cause that you believe in, and donate any amount to help them fulfill their mission. You can also check out fundraising sites such as GoFundMe. Choose a fundraiser that appeals to you the most and donate. Any amount can go a long way.
- Donate in kind.
Don’t feel like donating money directly? You can also donate items that are currently needed by most especially now. For instance, you can donate food to your local food bank or give helpful supplies. Although food banks often accept monetary donations, you can choose to donate non-perishable items such as canned goods, pasta, beans, rice, spreads, coffee, sugar, and other ingredients and condiments.
Furthermore, you can also purchase items such as face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare centers. You can do this through organizations such as DonatePPE and GetUsPPE.
- Donate blood.
Because of the health risks that threaten all of us right now, fewer people have the courage to go to blood donation centers. This is why the Red Cross is currently facing shortages. The number of eligible donors has also dropped because of the COVID-19 threat. If you believe you can donate blood and you are willing to, have yourself assessed by your local Red Cross or blood bank.
- Share your skills.
It’s not only money and things that you can share. You can also share your skills with others. For instance, if you know how to bake, you can conduct a basic baking class and help interested people make treats to sell. Do you know how to make websites? Maybe you can volunteer to create a website for a struggling brick-and-mortar business in your neighborhood to help them take their business online?
- Volunteer in mental health support groups.
This is, no doubt, a difficult time. Many people are suffering from anxiety and depression symptoms. You may find mental health helplines that are looking for volunteers. Help relieve somebody of their anxiety and similar concerns by answering messages. In a way, this will also help reduce your stress levels, too.
- Express your thanks.
Healthcare workers and other front-liners are putting their lives on the line to ensure that those who need care and attention get it. You can make them feel appreciated by leaving them messages of support and appreciation through channels such as the Health Hero Hotline. Get in touch by calling 877-226-HERO (4376) and cheer up a frontline hero today!
Sometimes, the best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up. By doing any of these, you can not only make someone happy but also help them and the community in a major way.