Social distancing has become the new norm. People are encouraged, and in some cases forced, to live a mostly virtual life. As athletes make substantial donations to the people who work the venues that they play in and restaurants provide meals for students and families without means, we see that people want to help during this pandemic. You may not be an athlete who can cover a payroll or a restaurant that can feed children, but you can still lend a helping hand. Here three ways you can help out during this difficult time.
Split Home-school Responsibilities
School districts around the country are closed and now many parents are left playing teacher. While some parents will jump for joy over this, others will run for cover. If you fall in the category of the latter, you may want to consider splitting home school responsibilities with some of the other parents in your child’s class. Start by determining each parent’s skill set. For example, the parent who is an engineer may be the best one to teach math. Once you have determined each parent’s strength, coordinate times for home school classes. You can create a virtual classroom by using free video conferencing services through Google Hangouts and Zoom.
Splitting responsibilities gives you a break and gives your child an opportunity to engage with people they are not stuck with 24 hours a day.
Take it To Go
When news of the imminent self-quarantine hit the airwaves, Americans went out and stocked piled on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and canned goods. While many of you are hunkering down munching on your rations, some of your favorite restaurants remain open. Cities across the country including Los Angeles have allowed restaurants to remain open for takeout. Although you may have canned goods to keep you fed through 2025, consider calling your favorite local restaurant to see if they are open for takeout. Times like this can be very difficult for small businesses, especially restaurants. Ordering takeout can be a treat for you and your family, but it also helps out small business owners. So, put away the canned beans and call up your favorite local restaurant!
Call Your Grandmother
I don’t know how many times you’ve heard this but call your grandmother! Or frankly anyone in your life who identified as High Risk by the CDC. As the country and world are taking precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19, some of the population is more vulnerable than others which is why it is important that you call and check on them. Make sure they have enough food and medication during this time period. You can drop off some delicious takeout from a local restaurant or have their favorite meal delivered to them. Bottom-line, check on your people!
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