In these times of uncertainty, you have the power to do good for many.
As social distancing and self-quarantine becomes the new normal, it’s easy to feel isolated. But we are never truly alone in our human community.
Because we are at our best when we step up to help each other.
Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:
Donate to Lake Area United Way's NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund.Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families. As unemployment spikes, it’s harder than ever for many people to cover the rent, keep the lights on or feed their families. Kids who rely on free- and reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school risk going hungry. As food pantries and other community resources are inundated, donations to Lake Area United Way's NWI COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund helps keep vital relief services accessible.
Direct people to www.ResourceRoundUp.com. Last year we introduced www.ResourceRoundUp.com, a free website that connects families people to programs and services in the community with the simple click of a button. Families can easily search through available resources and quickly see vital information like hours of service and eligibility requirements.
With the COVID-19 crisis this tool has become an even more vital part of our efforts to help connect our neighbors to the resources they need. We are in constant contact with our community partners to make sure we have the most up to date information on services posted to the site.
Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletries.
Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.
Even in these uncertain times, no one is powerless to make a difference. Small acts, taken together across the country, can change the course of the pandemic, bolster those facing economic challenges, and protect the most vulnerable.