Many of us are inspired to act in this COVID-19 moment. Every day, LA LOOP is thinking of ways to focus on what’s good, what’s helpful, and how to be in community with each other. During this time of continual change and social distancing, there are countless opportunities to help those in need and to be generous, however big or small.
Before taking on any of these opportunities, be sure to consult the CDC and WHO for official health and safety guidelines in your area and take all possible precautions to keep yourself and those around you safe.
1. Support First Responders. The brave people who are on the front lines of this crisis need support.
With schools closing across the country, millions of kids are losing access to a safe space and warm, nutritious meals.
In Los Angeles alone, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) serves more than 900,000 students, of which 80% rely on their school for lunch (approx. 720,000 students) and more than 20,000 are homeless. While schools are closing as a safety precaution, these especially vulnerable students are in greater need, so consider how you can help.
10. Help provide childcare for the parents who must keep working, as finding affordable, dependable childcare will be a major challenge. Here is some helpful information on how: CDC on Childcare.
11. Donate to First Book, an organization sending free books to low-income schools, so students who are out of the classroom can continue learning.
12. Donate your tech. LA LOOP and LOOPin are actively sourcing unused tech devices (phones, tablets, laptops) to donate to Green Dot Public Schools, a leading network of public charter schools in Los Angeles, Memphis, and Washington State, to ensure all of their students can attend school through distance learning. Donate here.
13. Support Book Share, an organization that helps children with learning disabilities receive the resources they need to learn from home.
15. Work with high school juniors on college essays, so they’ll be ahead of the curve in the fall. Help teens prepare for their college applications here.
16. Be a virtual tutor for kids in your area of expertise. (This is a particularly good fit for retired teachers and college students home due to closures.) try here.
17. Share information. Here are some excellent resources for kids home from school.
18. Make at least one call a day to elderly family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Offer to pick something up for them (i.e. grocery shopping, medication pickup). Read here for tips on safely helping them get much needed food and supplies.
19. Volunteer with Meals on Wheels and organizations that provide hot meals and other essential services to older adults. Deliver meals here.
20. If you are in Los Angeles, these places need more help than ever:
Take Care of Yourself
22. Practice good hygiene and social distancing. Check out the basics. Staying healthy is a community service.
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