The recent events caused by COVID-19 continue to affect communities across the United States. You may be thinking, how can I help fellow human beings during this time of social distancing? It doesn’t always take a lot of work to make a difference! There are a few simple ways that can help you to have a positive effect on the community.

IntelliSource believes that helping each other, especially at this time, is the best way to get through this testing time together.

Donate Groceries and More

Many areas of the U.S. are currently seeing supply issues for several essential items because of the spread of COVID-19. Food, Toiletries, and even medicine are not always readily available during this time. Combined with the fact that many people have lost their jobs, this can be a tough time for many families. You can help by donating groceries and essential resources to your local non-profit organizations. Donating blood is also very much needed. Search on the internet to find which local charities are still running and need help. From donating food to giving time to your local shelters, these are all essential ways to assist your fellow human beings in a time of need.

Help Your Older Family, Neighbors, and Friends

The higher ages of some people who are at risk of this virus can cause drastic changes in the lives of older people. It can be a difficult transition to stay at home when you are used to being independent. Many of the more mature in your family and friends may need assistance. Getting groceries, running errands, or even with simple issues within their homes, can still need help. While being safe and socially distancing is required, you can still help them at this time. You can also help them with being social during this time. Call or video chat with them to let them know they are not alone. Sometimes, having someone to talk to is all you need to feel better. Overall, just showing someone that you will be there for them will go a long way in helping them in the end.

Support Local Businesses

Many of the cities in the U.S. currently have stay at home orders. Your local businesses need your support now more than ever. Restaurants, breweries, and even mom & pop shops are all being affected considerably through this crisis. Many have closed until their cities reopen, but you can still help and support the remaining business that are still open. Shop locally and visit those mom & pop stores whenever you can. Order out using a delivery service, or even do a curbside pickup for your favorite restaurants. Buy gift cards, merchandise, or donate to one of the several support funds for people who were furloughed. When you support your local community businesses, you contribute to keeping people employed and keep their companies working during the stay at home orders across the nation.

Be Kind and Understanding

One thing that helps everyone and doesn’t cost a dime is an increase in kindness and understanding for everyone you meet. Many things may get on your nerves that are caused by the measures taken to slow the virus spread. Just remember, it does no one a service to be impatient and rude. People are going through a lot right now in the U.S. and across the world. Be mindful and understanding that everyone’s situation is different. Companies around the world have had to change their entire business plans to continue to employ people and make due. Approach everyone with the understanding that things are affected by everyone, and you can be a positive influence in an otherwise chaotic time in the world.

You can be a ray of positivity in your community by getting involved and assisting where you can. It doesn’t take a million dollars to change someone’s day, just effort!