5 Ways You Can Help Your Community
If there is one good thing to come out of the Pandemic, it’s a stronger sense of community. Be it friends, family or coworkers, community is all about helping when you can.
Here’s some unique ideas to help strengthen your community by giving back.
5. Educate friends and family about the vaccine
The vaccination has been a hot topic since news first spread of its existence. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 isn’t for everyone. But the vaccine’s implementation coincided with a reduction in new cases. And that is no coincidence.
If you have a loved one, friend or family member that has questions about the shot, now is a great time to be there for them.
Since discussing the vaccine is so polarizing, use your best judgement about to bring it up. If you’re not sure, ask them if they are comfortable talking about it. They’ll let you know if they don’t want to discuss.
The most important thing is to be there as an advocate for their health.
4. Host Small-Scale Events
It’s a safe assumption that everyone is weary of any news about COVID. But as we return to some semblance of normalcy and more people return to their offices, the topic will arise.
One way to give back before returning to work is to host a small get together. It doesn’t have to be at your house, you could meet up at a coffee shop, park, or anywhere else you’d like.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans returning to work, being in a large group can be a shock. As remote workers, you get used to seeing folks, but not being around them. There’s good and bad to both. But the small get together will not only help you but it will help your guests as they get back into the groove.
3. Lead by Example
Most people do the right thing. But when something blindsides us at the Pandemic did, people look to others for what to do. Remember the first time you saw someone wearing a mask indoors? It was strange at first but became the norm faster than it seemed.
You can help ease at-work anxiety by giving people their space. Few will realize it, but by acknowledging this hesitancy, you can lead by example. Keep some masks in your desk. Don’t get too close in line for coffee. Help ease co-workers back into the “old normal.”
2. Lend an Ear
Mental health is of extreme importance. Chatting with a psychologist or psychiatrist isn’t for everyone. But you can take advantage of a counselor’s key tool without a PhD, or MD.
If someone wants to talk about what’s bothering them, lend them an ear. Talking about anxiety can be all the help we need. But to reap the full benefits, it’s crucial that we’re heard.
Sounds simple, right? It is. Be a captive listener; that alone helps ease nerves and squelch apprehension. And the next time you feel anxious, find an ear to bend.
1. Donate Food and Other Essentials to a Local Charity
Many of us found solace in solitude by retail-therapy. Fueled by the Great Paper Towel Famine of 2020—clicking the “buy now” button became too easy. In general, most of us went a bit too hog wild on the eCommerce shopping tip.
So now you’re realizing that you bought too much—stuff.
If this is you, relax, it happens.
But why not off-load some of the bulk by donating to your favorite local charity?
You won’t have to search long for a non-profit seeking the basics: clothing, canned goods, and the like. Even toilet paper and paper towels.
Donating your unused and or/ unneeded clothing will put a smile on your face. And for those that are scraping by, it’ll mean the world.
And that’s what community is all about.
To find out more about a local charity in your community, visit BestLocalCharities.org
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