As the reality of social distancing sets in, people wonder what they can do to help their friends, neighbors and community members. Things are changing quickly, but one thing that remains the same is that we are social beings wired to interact. As we all try to keep occupied, safe and well during this time, there are still things you can do to help others.

Teach, Learn, Organize and Give

With schools shutting down and going online all over the country and people sheltering in place there are ways for you to stay involved and lend a hand:

-Using video, document sharing and email technology, you can tutor students and help out teachers and parents. People are all trying to adjust quickly and if you have some experience teaching, coaching or tutoring, you might be able to help. 

-If you love to read to kids, organize virtual story times. 

-Start a virtual task force and take action to support local nurses, doctors and other first responders. 

-Call local nursing homes and see about setting up video calls with residents who aren’t getting visitors.

-If you’re a reader, you can set up a virtual book club. 

-Do you have sewing skills? They are needed!

-Maybe you love to cook? Share your know-how with others by giving virtual lessons one-on-one or in small groups and share those three-ingredient meals and more. 

-If you have neighbors who are isolating or quarantining, set up a group to drop off food at intervals. Maybe we can’t group hug right now, but we can still feed each other. 

-Are you a canner, gardener or a ball-jar person? Share those jams, jellies, sauces, veggies, fruit, herbs and nut butters around. 

In these challenging times, we can still be there for one another. Maybe even more than usual. Get inspired and send us your ideas at editor@amava.

 

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