When the universe deals Columbus a bad hand, we have a way of coming together to help each other out.
I know that confronting the reality of COVID-19 can be a little bit daunting, but we will absolutely get through this. And the way we do that is to support one another. Obviously, we’re advised from physically coming together right now, but we’re lucky to live in a time when the internet provides us plenty of ways to help our communities from home.
If you’ve been asking yourself what you can do to lessen the impact of this pandemic here in Columbus, I’ve got good news. You aren’t alone and there are a lot of options. So let’s dive right in and talk about some things we can do right now to make our community a safer, better place.
Donating to the Red Cross is always a great idea, but right now donations are urgently needed. If you’ve been looking for a way to help out and you aren’t afraid of needles, consider this life-saving activity. You can sign up for an appointment to donate here.
Support local buisnesses
There’s no doubt that the restrictions on day-to-day life will have an impact on local businesses. If you’re in the financial position to do so, consider shopping online from local retailers or purchasing gift cards that you can use in the future.
Donate to your local foodbank
Vulnerable populations will be impacted by this pandemic and those living with food scarcity will need our help more than ever. Foodbanks are also taking up the mantle of assisting schools to provide meals for students who won’t receive them while school is out. You can find out more information about foodbanks around Central Ohio and how you can donate here.
Volunteer for Meals on Wheels
As of right now, Meals on Wheels will be continuing their operations here in Columbus, bringing food to the doorsteps of some of the most vulnerable during this pandemic. If you’re in good health and you’d like to help out, you can get more information about volunteering right here.
Explore volunteering at or donating to your local homeless shelter
From financial donations to specific items and in-person opportunities, there are a lot of ways you can make a big impact at your local homeless shelters. Around Columbus, consider reaching out to Faith Mission, Friends of the Homeless, The Homeless Families Foundation, and the Van Buren Center (YMCA).
Reach out to your neighbors
We may be practicing social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give our neighbors a call or text to check-in. See how they’re doing, offer to drop off a meal on their doorstep, and make sure that everyone is hanging in there. A few minutes of kindness and compassion will go a very long way and we’re all in this together anyway.
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