Volunteering during COVID


Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force

Senior Airman Devin Litton, 22nd Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment journeyman, uses a sewing machine, July 18, 2014, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Sewing is one of several skills an AFE Airmen must be proficient with for repairing life rafts and other emergency components. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier)

Sujata Gandhi, Reporter

Even though the country is still stuck at home, there are many ways to help others in this time of need.

Most importantly, if you’re going to go in public, practice good hygiene and follow the CDC’s social distancing recommendations. If you’re feeling sick, stay at home. Otherwise, you’re only promoting the spread of the virus.

Some ways to help in Idaho Falls right now are helping sew masks for healthcare workers and volunteering with the Red Cross. Information for these can be found at the links above. Even if you can’t find an organization that you can be an official volunteer at, there are other things that you can do to help out the community. Some ideas are calling a neighbor or grandparent that’s in a high-risk population and buying and dropping off their groceries for them (but only outside the door; unnecessary face-to-face contact should be avoided right now!), writing a thank-you card to someone you know is on the front lines of this pandemic right now, donating blood, or calling a friend that’s struggling with what’s going on. Even simply staying at home and keeping yourself free of the virus helps lessen the chances of others getting the coronavirus as well.

Again, quarantine doesn’t mean that you can’t still help those around you. Now, more than ever, is a time to be your best self because this world needs it.