Officials have always emphasized the significance of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, Californians who want to help their community are also allowed to do it safely. Below are some ways to do it.
Deliver meals to elders.
The California Volunteers’ office encourages people to drop off food to vulnerable elders. However, they said that any person experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms must not volunteer. Those who are healthy enough must still take precautions, including hygiene guidelines and social distancing.
Red Cross needed to cancel their scheduled blood drives due to the closures of offices and schools. This led to blood supply shortage. The need for more blood donors is constant. Lots of patients need your help. You can look for a blood drive online, and then make an appointment.
Check on seniors.
Authorities are asking people to check on their elder neighbors. Text them, call them or just talk to them through their door.
Volunteer to distribute food packages.
The Red Cross is working with the L.A. Unified School District to give food packs to kids and families badly affected by school closures. Submit an online application for this.
Donate masks and other personal protective equipment.
People who have extra homemade or surgical masks may connect with health care professionals who will accept them. Organizations and businesses are also encouraged to donate respirators and other supplies.
Join the California Health Corps.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has reached out to health care workers who are not yet practicing, as well as graduating students in the same field. Qualified individuals will get compensation, as well as malpractice insurance coverages.
Support non-profit organizations.
For those people who want to donate money, Philanthropy California has a list of coronavirus relief funds that will release grants to nonprofits. All types of non-profit organizations, most especially those helping vulnerable sectors, need your help. Donate to nonprofits closest to your heart.
Animal shelters over the region have had to close because of the pandemic. However, some are still accepting inquiries from those who want to adopt and foster pets. Moreover, they welcome donations through their own websites.
Support local businesses.
Industry and community businesses are encouraging more and more people to support deliveries and their area restaurants. Several other small companies have shut down amidst the pandemic. Let’s help struggling community businesses.
Donate non-medical supplies.
A public health officer from Riverside County is encouraging more people to donate personal care kits, paper towels, tissues and other non-medical supplies.
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