The COVID-19 crisis had many of us feeling fearful and concerned about our future. It pushed us to adapt and cope with various changes in our homes, workplaces, and communities.
While the past few weeks have been rough for everyone, Bayanihan efforts bring a glimmer of hope, making things more bearable. The good news is that you can bring some positive light into the lives of others, too.
From checking on your neighbors to spreading positive vibes, there are simple yet meaningful things you can do to help. Take a look at these ten practical ways to show your compassion towards your community.
How to Help Your Community Amid COVID-19 Crisis
1. Get creative.
Social distancing measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. While it’s heartbreaking not to be able to hug your loved ones during this difficult time, there are creative ways to show your love and concern for them.
You can send them gifts or cards, message them, or cook their favorite dish if you’re living under the same roof. Whatever gesture you pick, the important thing is to make your friends and family feel you care for them.
2. Ask how your neighbors are doing.
Being quarantined at home for weeks can be emotionally and mentally torturing. So, it’s essential to check in on your neighbors and ask how they are.
You can text or call them or send them a message on their social media accounts. It is one of the best things you can do to make your neighbors feel they are not alone.
3. Donate if you can.
Many of our frontliners are in dire need of personal protective equipment or PPEs. You can buy these protective gears and deliver them to hospitals and checkpoints.
You can also donate clothes, food packs, and other items to those who are gravely affected by the crisis. Any amount or form of help will go a long way if many people chip in.
4. Run fundraising initiatives for the needy.
You can also opt to organize a fundraising drive for our less fortunate countrymen. While there are platforms you can use to spread awareness about your campaign, word of mouth and text messaging are two of the most effective ways.
Third-party service providers like Mobile360 can help send out your message efficiently, so you can encourage more people to join your initiative. Once you’ve raised enough funds, deliver the help to those immensely affected, such as laid-off workers.
5. Spread positive vibes.
Many of us have grown too weary about the future that we grasp any hint of light. At a time where everyone is struggling to survive, all we need is a little cheer.
Be an instrument of hope to others by sending good vibes through memes or feel-good music. That, or share with your friends, some newly discovered recipes, home workouts, or coping tips.
6. Share factual information.
Unfortunately, some people are spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 crisis. Avoid falling victim to this by getting updates only from credible sources like the WHO, DOH, and other authorized agencies.
Remember that spreading misinformation is a disservice to our country. Check the integrity of the information first before sharing it online or offline.
7. Extend support to your community frontliners.
Our frontliners — those who put their safety and health at risk to protect us — are our modern heroes. As they keep our communities and families safe, it is only right to show them how truly grateful we are for their service.
There are several ways to do this: send them food or make thank you cards for them. They are going through a lot each day, and a simple yet sincere gesture may give them a morale boost.
8. If you’re a business owner, offer grace periods.
If you own a business such as apartments, you could consider offering grace periods. Many people are scrambling to make ends meet, especially as some companies laid employees off.
You can freeze rent payments to ensure no one gets evicted during this critical period. This is one of the best ways to help others who are struggling financially.
9. Celebrate togetherness online.
Just because social distancing measures are in force doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with our loved ones. Thanks to technology, we can do almost everything online.
Celebrate birthdays and other special occasions virtually by inviting your family and friends to a video conference. Maximize online tools like Zoom, Skype, or Hangouts and share jokes and stories like you would typically do.
10. Think before you act.
When news about a possible lockdown broke out, people trooped to supermarkets and grocery stores to panic-buy. Such a reflex can leave the less fortunate ones with nothing.
All of us can contribute to a better world by considering our neighbors’ welfare. Think a thousand times before making a move, and weigh the impact of your actions on other people.
These are just some of the things that you can do to help your community amid the COVID-19 crisis. Keep in mind that your gestures don’t need to be grand; they only have to be sincere, kind, and thoughtful.
Are you looking to initiate a fundraising campaign to help our frontliners and countrymen? Get in touch with us to know how Mobile360’s SMS solutions can help you with your campaign.