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How to support your community safely during COVID-19

By Cheryl Parquet | April 11, 2020 | 4 min read | Community Health

Man stocks shelves at food bank

If someone told me at the beginning of the year that I would be working from home full time, I wouldn’t have believed them. Three and a half months later, this is the new normal for many of us. Almost 98% of my colleagues are working from home as well.

COVID-19 has changed the way we go about our daily lives in America. Supplies we took for granted just three weeks ago are almost impossible to find. Many of us are facing hardships that we never expected to experience.

We must be there for each other as we battle this pandemic. Eventually, we will overcome this. But it’s important to remember that our most vulnerable friends and neighbors still need help.

How can I help?

Nonprofits providing essential support continue to operate. While most of us are staying home, these organizations need our support. They can’t get their work done without our help.

You might be wondering, “What can I do to help?” During this COVID-19 outbreak, volunteering has changed – but the need hasn’t decreased.

I’m proud to work for a company that encourages employees to give back. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina employees are passionate about serving our community. While we’ve halted events, we’ve worked with our partners to understand the financial and hands-on needs in the community.

Nonprofits rely on volunteers, especially in times of crisis. The good news is folks can find ways to help their communities safely.

Support a local food bank

Organizations such as food banks, the InterFaith Food Shuttle, and Meals on Wheels are committed to serving those in need. They are open and looking for volunteer support.

Many of these nonprofits outline the precautions they’re taking on their websites.

They’re also sharing some creative ideas you can use to help your community during this time. For example, you could try hosting a virtual food bank.

Donate blood

The American Red Cross has a critical need for blood donations.

Healthy people can still donate blood, even in areas that have asked people to stay at home. The Red Cross has thorough safety measures in place during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you don’t feel comfortable volunteering, consider making a financial contribution.

Need more ideas? Check out this list of 12 actions you can take to drive health in the time of COVID-19.

Let’s not forgot our neighbors and fellow citizens. Give back, because communities matter.