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Strapped for cash, but want to make a difference in the world? Ideas to catalyze and contribute.

Be a Volunteer

Many people, who normally volunteer, are unable due to being at higher risk from COVID-19. Still, the need for volunteers has never been higher. In every community, there are local charities and nonprofits that need help delivering meals to the elderly, preparing meals for low-income families and children, or even serving on a hotline.

Be Neighborly

With social distancing and lockdowns in effect, the elderly are most vulnerable to, not only complications from the virus and the lack of essentials, but also to anxiety and depression as a result of the prolonged isolation.  

Therefore, help seniors with grocery delivery, transportation, and conversation. Join local social media groups to find out who is in need or check on your neighbors.  In addition, organizations like 7 Cups, a nationwide online therapy service, provides free support for people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and stress, and welcomes volunteers!  For those who can lend a compassionate ear, the organization provides free training to offer help over the phone.

Be Artsy

Public art projects around the country are calling for artists to create works that can be installed for the public good. In Boston, for example, the city is looking to artworks to provide public connectedness and hope through the Transformative Public Art Program.

Be Homey

During the pandemic, those with chronic medical conditions and their families are facing even greater challenges finding free or affordable housing when out-of-town treatment is required.  Nonprofits like Hosts for Hospitals connect volunteer homes with families who need to travel for specialized medical treatment. Those with an in-law suite, temporarily empty home, empty rental unit, or carriage house can provide furnished, private lodging for traveling families through the organization.

Be the difference, sans $  🙂