Ways To Help
Challenging days lie ahead, but we will persevere and overcome together. The best thing you can do for our community during the COVID-19 crisis is to heed public health advice - stay home, wash your hands, sanitize surfaces, and be kind and patient with one another. Doing so will save lives and ensure our medical professionals have the time and supplies they need to keep us all healthy.
Minnesotans are hearty, and when our friends and neighbors need help, it's our instinct to pitch in. If you are healthy, able, and willing to practice responsible physical distancing and hygiene, here are a few ways to help:
- Check in on elderly and at-risk neighbors: Use technology to stay connected or offer pick up essential items so those at the highest risk can avoid exposure.
- Only buy what you need: We're in this together. Don't stockpile essential supplies, food, or medication.
- Donate PPE: Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as "PPE", is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses. PPE includes items such as face masks and shields, isolation or disposable gowns, gloves, N95 respirators, and goggles or eye protection (and the materials that make them). PPE is critical to protecting patients and medical staff and preventing the spread of COVID-19, click here to donate.
- Become a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer: Minnesota Responds is a partnership that integrates and engages local, regional, and statewide volunteer programs to strengthen public health and health care, reduce vulnerability, build resilience, and improve preparedness, response and recovery capabilities. Click here for more information.
- Give blood: The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for blood. The American Red Cross has established special COVID-19 safety procedures to keep donors safe.
- Support local small businesses and restaurants: Use online ordering or delivery to support the small businesses, restaurants, and cafes in your neighborhood if you are able.
- Check in with your neighborhood food shelf and non-profit: Difficult days are ahead, so contact your favorite cause and see what they need.
- Lift up the heroes: We can do this and WILL do this together, so let's spread a little joy. Engage in small acts of kindness, share stories of people doing good, and send a thank you note to those on the front line. Optimism is just as contagious as fear.
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