Offer to pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly neighbor. Make sure you practice “no contact delivery” by wearing a mask and gloves to shop, wiping down all packages with a disinfectant wipe and leaving the groceries or medicines on your neighbors front porch or other safe place for them to collect what you delivered.
Food banks and food pantries across the country are experiencing a huge increase in demand from those out of work due to the virus – some are seeing a 10x or more increase in those needing help. Volunteer to pack or hand out food at local food bank.
If you have access to masks and gloves, please consider giving them to front line workers whose employers are not providing it for them.
Nearly 60 million Americans are still working to keep our internet running, to deliver our groceries, to make sure we have electricity, and to care for the sick. Sadly, many employers are not giving their front-line employees masks, sterile gloves or other things they need to stay safe and healthy to benefit all of us.
Please contact your elected officials and demand they support an essential workers Bill of Rights that includes:
- Health and safety protections.
- Robust premium compensation.
- Protections for collective bargaining agreements
- Truly universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave.
- Protections for whistle blowers.
- An end to worker misclassification.
- Health care security.
- Support for childcare.
- Treat workers as experts.
- Hold corporations accountable for meeting their responsibilities.
Small businesses and their workers are really hurting during this crisis. Please consider giving a larger tip than usual to local restaurants and small businesses. As a guideline, government officials are proposing funding to give all healthcare and essential business workers a 50% bonus until we all get through this together.
Homeless people and families are some of the most vulnerable and hardest hit by the Covid-19 virus. Please consider finding a homeless shelter near you and contact them to ask what you can do to help.
If you have friends who are faith workers, please keep in touch with them, make sure they are taking care of themselves and ask them what you can do for them or anyone they serve who is being affected by the virus and its consequences.
Call your national, state and local representatives and demand they provide economic, health and safety support to all essential workers.
Order takeout from my local independent restaurant.
Give a no interest loan or sick pay to your housekeeper by paying them not to come this week. You can either forgive the loan or let them pay it back by deducting a small amount from each cleaning when the virus is under control.