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25 Safe Ways To Help During COVID-19

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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.

LOOPin and Do Good from Home

1. Support First Responders. The brave people who are on the front lines of this crisis need support.

2. Volunteer virtually
 with nonprofits that may have greater need during COVID-19. Find opportunities here and on LOOPin – our platform for building community through volunteerism.

3. Support National Food Banks and help feed those in need. You can donate money or start a virtual food drive here through Feeding America and Golden Harvest.

4. Donate hygiene kits to the unhoused here or here. Unhoused individuals already lack access to proper hygiene and are at higher risk for getting and transmitting COVID-19.

5. Donate blood if you are healthy and eligible, as blood banks are running low. Visit the American Red Cross to find a blood drive near you.

6. Purchase grocery gift cards for families of first responders and essential workers who are working overtime during this crisis. Try Amazon and GrubHub.

7. Donate to the United Way, which is providing essential services in this time of need. Donate here.

8. Pass it on. LinkedIn has some great tips on being part of the solution.

9. Support local businesses like restaurants and cafes in your neighborhood. Many have takeout services and others are fundraising online.


  

Schools

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 techLA 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.

14. Give therapeutic support. If you have the professional credentials, volunteer to provide e-counseling to help students process heightened anxiety. Try NSPCC or Crisis Text Line.

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 informationHere are some excellent resources for kids home from school.

    

Older People

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

21. Stay calm and connected. We are finding new ways to be together and help each other remotely. CDC tips on staying sane and NYT are great resources.

22. Practice good hygiene and social distancingCheck out the basics. Staying healthy is a community service.

23. Stay informed. There’s so much information out there – it can be really overwhelming. Here are some places we look at to stay informed – live dataeasy to read graphs, and the NYT, CDC and WHO.

24. Stay positive. Read good news about COVID 19 and check out free resources from Ten Percent Happier.

Requirement DetailsWondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDPHE and the CDC, we are asking you the following questions.
  1. Have you or someone in your household traveled to a country on the CDC’s Level 3 watch list in the last 30 days? At this time, these include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea. These may change. See the CDC’s guidelines for the most up-to-date list.
  2. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
  3. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a fever, cough or shortness of breath. See the CDC’s symptom information.
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.  
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