Among the COVID-nineteen crunch, supporting our local communities is essential during these challenging times. Every bit cities and towns ask their residents to stay home to tedious the virus’ spread, many of us are grappling with how to be there for each other when we can’t exist nearly each other. Our work at Earthjustice continues without break. Staff members nationwide are forging ahead in a remote capacity and sharing ideas to safely connect with our neighbors and offer assistance to those nearly afflicted by the pandemic. Here are eight ways we are supporting our communities that nosotros hope volition be helpful for your ain local efforts:
Give Five, Wave V
“One matter I have been doing is making a $5 donation at the grocery check-out every time I store at present. Food banks are struggling, and even with my husband closing his acupuncture clinic we can afford $v. Information technology’s pocket-sized, merely it feels good. Some other micro-action I take been doing is waving and saying howdy to neighbors, through the window if they walk by or across the street if we are exterior shoveling snowfall or taking out trash at the aforementioned time. We take a number of older neighbors as well, and isolation is hard. Pocket-sized acts of kindness go a long way.” – Karilyn
Transit(ion) to Donation
“Since I’grand not using public transit coin for a while I’m cancelling my transit order and allocating the funds from that to donations to arts orgs, mutual aid organizing groups, and restaurant souvenir certificates. Information technology feels proficient.” – Emily J.
Conversations with Dogs
“On my walks, information technology has seemed like many folks are avoiding chat and eye contact (maybe it’due south just me), but I’ve been going out of my manner to say howdy and just effort to connect… it seems important to make sure nosotros don’t forget how to be humans while also keeping distance. I’ve likewise waved at dogs. They appear to exist into it.” – Ali Westward.
Wholesale Order Upwards!
“I only ordered a 25-pound box of produce from a family-run produce wholesaler hither in LA. All their customers are restaurants who cancelled all their orders. And so they’re selling direct and will even evangelize to keep their staff employed. They expressed a lot of gratitude for the back up and so their business organisation tin remain throughout this crisis. Non sure how widespread this is but information technology might be worthwhile to wait out for this in your neighborhood.” – Linda
Masks for All
“I’grand doing an N95 and surgical mask drive for some doctor friends at Kaiser who are starting to ration them. If you have whatsoever boxes/packages to spare (maybe some unused from our last wildfire flavor, or some y’all bought for a dwelling project you never got around to), I can — carefully — selection them up from your porch and do a delivery. And so far we’ve got about 20 unopened N95 masks for delivery.” – Zoe
“It’due south a tiny affair, but we’ve been ordering food from local restaurants (even though we have a stocked pantry!) to endeavor to support them. Making sure we can do either curbside pickup or contactless delivery (to protect them and us from potential transmission) and tipping a ton.” – Nick R.
Buy At present, Use Afterwards Giftcards
A number of small-scale local businesses I’m connected to have asked that customers purchase gift certificates during this time. I want to requite a shout out to my personal favorite in Oakland: Nick’due south Pizza (a very small, very queer friendly baker on Shattuck. Their bagels are Skillful and I miss them A LOT). You lot can find information about how to support them on their Instagram: nickspizza510.” – Christine (This bakery has also set up a Worker Relief Fund!)
The Start of Something New
“Some friends and I got together to create a fundraising initiative to back up COVID-19 relief efforts in the Bay Expanse. Would super appreciate it if folks would consider contributing and likewise sharing with your networks! Thank you.” – Rebecca B. (This initiative is aimed at supporting relief efforts impacting vulnerable communities.)
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Be bodacious that whatsoever support you can offer to organizations and groups at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 is positive and impactful, no matter how big or modest. In this critical moment, our communities demand us to create change in ways that are both innovative and equitable. If you lot would like to learn more nigh other organizations that are taking straight action, and how y’all can get involved, cheque out the list of resources and links below!
- Fork Over: Connecting folks looking to fork over some funds to service industry workers currently impacted past COVID-19. All you demand is Venmo.
- Unemployment Law Projection: Webinar on unemployment benefits, particularly equally it relates to new provisions in the stimulus bill that allow “non-traditional workers” to get benefits.
- James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organisation has highlighted the centrality of food civilization in our daily lives.
- National Domestic Workers Alliance Coronavirus Care Fund: The Coronavirus Intendance Fund (CCF) provides $400 in emergency assistance for qualifying abode care workers, nannies and house cleaners who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Disaster Relief Fund: Eatery Opportunities Centers United is providing resources and fiscal assistance to restaurant workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
- Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund: Provide immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the frontlines during the pandemic.
- Berkeley Common Aid Network: Berkeley Mutual Aid was created to help connect those who can aid with those who have a need.
- SaveOurFaves: Help save local businesses during the COVID-xix crisis by supporting them through gift card purchases.
- Chicago COVID-xix Hardship and Assistance Page: Created to offering a simple way for people in the Chicago area to enquire others for aid during this crisis.
- USBG National Charity Foundation: Bartender Emergency Assistance Programme