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How We Can Help Our Neighbors and Neighborhoods During Coronavirus

And beyond, because we need this kind of goodness even when we’re not in a pandemic.

It’s easy to feel like the world is ending right now. And there’s no question that this pandemic is going to change life as we know it as work, school, and play move online and the day-to-day gears of cities grind to a halt.

Despite the grim projections, there is hope. Even in the worst-hit country in Europe right now, quarantined Italians are keeping spirits high through music and applause. Justice is being served to turn malintent into charity. Companies like &pizza and many others are staying true to their values and putting their employees first. Minority groups are supporting each other to combat xenophobia and hate. Across the country, people are mobilizing to provide for those who can’t provide for themselves.

Right here in the nation’s capital, neighbors are reinforcing the meaning of the term “neighborhood”. Below, we’re curating an ongoing list of the resources in our community, new and pre-existing, to bring brilliance to these dim times. We welcome your stories of light and additional resources to add to this list:

Ways to support or request support for high-risk and marginalized individuals

Volunteer with

  • Capital Area Food Bank — The food bank is in urgent need of volunteers to pack and sort food at their warehouse, and to assist in off-site distributions

 

Donate to

  • e-NABLE D.C. — A community of volunteers who are providing 3D printed face shields at no cost to assist personnel working on the front lines against COVID-19 and address the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Donate to help them pay for materials needed to fabricate the shields. If anyone knows of hospitals or other essential personnel in need of these face shields, please contact enable.dc@gmail.

 

Ways to support local businesses and their employees

 

Beyond DC

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