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EACE20 Virtual Conference Community Service Opportunities

EACE feels strongly that although we are all dealing with new challenges, we must maintain our commitment to each other and making our respective communities better. The in-person conference would have provided a great opportunity to give back to the community, and although the conference is now being conducted virtually, the committee still wants to offer attendees an opportunity to make a difference. Share what you are doing to give back to your community on social media and tag #EACEGivesBack!

How You Can Help Others During the Coronavirus Pandemic

This list was reprinted from Idealist.com.

1. Check on Your Neighbors

Call or text your neighbors (especially elderly neighbors) to make sure they’re doing okay. Do they need something from the grocery store?  Errands?  Or just a knock at the door to offer comfort and reassurance. 

2. Explore Ways to Connect and Volunteer Virtually

There are plenty of volunteer and action opportunities, including virtual options. Check back regularly since new opportunities for virtual volunteering will continue to arise over the coming weeks and months.  One example of such an opportunity is Dorot, an NYC-based organization whose mission is to alleviate social isolation among the elderly and homebound, who is looking for volunteers willing to make weekly, friendly phone calls to their clients

3. Waste Not, Want Not

Take extra care when shopping, storing and cooking.  Store food properly at the proper temperature, don’t wash produce until ready to eat and freeze anything you don’t plan to use in the near future. 

4. Give Blood

According to a recent press release from the American Red Cross, “Right now, the American Red Cross encourages healthy, eligible individuals to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at redcrossblood.org to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid any potential shortages. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. The need for blood is constant, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions.”

5. Make a Donation (If you can!)

While many of us are busy hunkering down and pouring over the latest CDC recommendations, millions of nonprofit professionals all over the world are working to continue to deliver services and implement programs, uninterrupted. And that’s going to be really, really difficult.  Please be generous if you can to an organization related to the pandemic, or not – your dollars will make a difference!

6. Be a Leader

If you’re in a position of professional authority and you have the decision-making power to allow your team to work from home (and programmatically, your organization can operate virtually), make it happen. Do your civic duty to stay off the road, out of hospitals and out of the way.

7. Find Your Local Mutual Aid Network

Right now, all over the country (and around the world), communities are coming together to create mutual aid networks.

A mutual aid network as a online portal where neighbors are able to post their needs—groceries, translation services, pharmacy runs, even cash to make rent—and others can choose to answer the call. Find your local mutual aid network or start your own here.

8. Remember Those Who are Still Out There on the Front Lines

Though it may be hard to imagine, at some point, the pandemic will subside and we'll be able to slowly get back to our lives. And once we're on the other side of this crisis, we're going to have a whole lot of people to thank. Grocery store clerks, domestic workers, nurses and doctors, police officers and fire fighters, the people who work at the laundromat, sanitation workers, delivery people, teachers who taught our kids virtually, and the list goes on.

Take some time over the upcoming days and weeks to consider how you might show your appreciation to even one of these people. Call up your local police department and ask if they'd be willing to accept a delivery of a few pizzas as a small token of your appreciation (this helps out your local pizzeria, too!)

9. Take care of yourself!

As they say, secure your own oxygen mask before assisting others. In other words, self-care is incredibly important at a time like this! Take the time to do what you need to do so that you can be healthy and STAY healthy. Exercise, eating well and socializing while maintaining social distancing all counts!