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We know the world seems a little scary right now. But when things feel uncertain or out of control, know that there’s still so much good you can do to help. Here are just a few ways.

How You Can Make a Difference During Coronavirus

How You Can Make a Difference During Coronavirus

We know the world seems a little scary right now. But when things feel uncertain or out of control, know that there’s still so much good you can do to help. Here are just a few ways.

We’re living in an unprecedented time—we know the anxiety that comes along with not knowing. And while that can sometimes leave us feeling powerless, know that there’s still so much you can do to help. If you’re looking for ways to make a difference (while still social-distancing) here are just a few.

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Make sure no one goes hungry

In a time where many are out of work, or cannot leave their homes, access to food is of utmost importance.

For students who are out of school and losing access to free meals, the USDA is working to extend free meal services. Save the Children and Blessings in a Backpack have also teamed up with school districts to make sure no child goes hungry. You can donate to Save the Children here, and Blessings in a Backpack here.

Older adults are also among the most vulnerable right now. Meals on Wheels provides home delivery of food to seniors, and needs resources now more than ever. You can donate here.

Food banks are also facing an increased need during this time. Feeding America has set up a COVID-19 Response Fund to support its 200 food banks nationwide, and has set up mobile, drive-through distribution points.

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Protect those keeping us healthy

Frontline healthcare workers are at high risk right now, especially with the shortage of protective equipment. The World Health Organization, the UN Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation have come together to create the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to finance diagnostic tests, buy supplies for healthcare workers and fund research efforts. You can donate here.

International Medical Corps is working with WHO to provide training, supplies and emergency medical response planning in high-risk locations. You can donate here.

Direct Relief is supplying health authorities in the US and China with protective equipment they need right now. You can donate here.

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Send support to refugees

Since coronavirus thrives in densely populated areas, overcrowded refugee camps are particularly at risk. The International Rescue Committee is providing protective gear and bringing medical staff to those affected areas. You can donate here.

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Support artists and local businesses

Artists and local businesses whose jobs rely on audiences and customers will be hit drastically by these shutdowns. Consider downloading albums to support your favorite musicians, buying art, investing in gift cards of local businesses you would usually frequent, and tipping delivery people and service workers well.

We put together a playlist of some of our favorite artists we know and love. If you’d like to support them, check out their music and buy an album!

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Show your love (from a 6-foot distance)

Check in on the people you care about. This can be a lonely time, and you want to make sure you have the support you need to get through it—even if that is miles apart.

Call your friends and family, write emails, send morning texts and video chat regularly. Show people you love that you love them—they'll need it now more than ever.

Be patient with yourself and others.

Don’t hoard supplies! Only buy what you need. Remember, we’re all in this together. Make sure everyone gets their fair share, and that those at risk have access to the supplies they need.

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Stay home!

Most importantly, (if you can) stay home! Take this time to find a new hobby, go KonMari on your closet, catch up on all those shows you said you’d watched but hadn’t (ahem, “Game of Thrones” is streaming) or just take a break to breathe and reset.

But, please, stay inside. There is too much at risk to be careless right now.

To those essential workers who don’t have the privilege of staying home, to those on the front lines—our medical professionals, grocery store workers, delivery folk, police officers, truck drivers—THANK YOU.

We love you, stay safe.