Now that semesters are ending and the weather is getting warmer, many college students are stuck at home with a lot of time on their hands and an itch to get out of isolation. Additionally, many are wondering what they can do to help others during this troubling situation. It may come as a surprise for most, but there is a lot of services that can be done from home to help with the Covid-19 Relief. Not only are people around the world suffering from the virus, but the stay at home orders are causing many to be unable to take care of themselves. This is because they lack necessities such as food, face masks, and other essentials that some don’t have to think twice about. Though it may seem implausible, there are several ways to benefit others’ lives without violating stay at home orders.
One of the most helpful ways to contribute to someone else’s well-being during a pandemic is actually to donate to food banks. Since many people are unemployed, it is difficult for them to obtain food supplies because they lack income.
One of the most coveted organizations in the country, Feeding America, states on their website that 1 in 9 people in the United States are suffering from hunger. The site also provides more specific information on how times have gotten worse due to Covid-19.
There are several ways to contribute to the US Hunger Relief Program, which is their leading cause and can be located on their website. Contributors can make donations online, volunteer, and even start their own fundraiser. Additionally, they provide the locations of their food banks, which are located across the US. This organization makes it very simple to help others without fear of exposing donors to the virus.
Donate or Sell Non-Medical Face Masks
If you are crafty or enjoy a good DIY, a great way for you to contribute is by making non-medical face masks! There are tons of templates online. JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores have patterns for all different kinds, such as masks specifically for the deaf, as well as fabrics and other materials you may need.
Lauren Riihimaki, also known as LaurDIY, created a video on how to make several different kinds of masks– including a no-sew option– out of materials that you might be able to find in your own home. She even uses old t-shirts as the fabric for one of them, which is perfect for any college student who has an abundance of free tees and is looking to help with the Covid-19 relief.
Whether you make masks for your family, donate them to others, or even produce enough to sell them in your community, you would be doing a service for others and yourself. If you really aren’t crafty, there are several places to buy washable, non-medical masks for a reasonable price, including RedBubble, Etsy, and Anthropologie.
Make Smart Shopping Decisions
Amidst the boredom that comes with being isolated, many are turning to online shopping to entertain themselves. Although this is not always the most prudent activity, it can benefit others. A lot of different brands are donating to COVID-19 relief, so why not purchase from them?
According to a list compiled by Harper’s Bazaar, several high-end fashion and beauty brands are giving sizable donations in the forms of face masks, money, and surgical scrubs. For the sake of saving money, there also beauty brands like The Honest Company, Billie, and Parachute making efforts to fight the virus.
Connect With Friends and Family
One of the latest quarantine inspired trends is getting together with friends and family using video chats! Even though it may not be as fun as seeing each other in person, there are so many ways to connect from a distance.
One idea could be to start a book club! Book clubs are a great way to keep your mind exercised while hanging out with friends. It also allows you to create a goal and achieve it, which may be something that college students need during the break. If you need inspiration for book ideas, Book of the Month is a fantastic subscription service that will send you a new book every month.
Another lively activity would be the online version of Cards Against Humanity. You can get your group of friends on a Google Hangout and chat while you play. This is as close to sitting on the floor of your dorm room and playing together as you are going to get for a while.
Finally, you and your loved ones could virtually bake or cook together! This is an activity that my best friend and I love to do together. It takes up a lot of time, which is great since most people are not very busy right now. If you buy all the same ingredients and follow one recipe, you can enjoy what you have made together, even if you cannot technically be together. You can also turn it into a competition to see who makes the best cuisine!
There are many ways to help with Covid-19 relief. From donating food to masks to even just making different shopping decisions, each of us can do our part. These are unprecedented times, and it is up to us to help out others every way we can. If you know of any other good ideas out there that I missed, let me know in the comments!