- Buy gift cards – Want to help small businesses right now who are feeling the pains of social distancing? Buy a gift card from them. Even if you aren’t buying anything else because you’re stuck at home, you can give your local shops a vote of confidence by spending even $25 on a gift card to use later, when life returns to normal.
- Don’t cancel, reschedule – In a similar vein, for small businesses that provide a service, if you have to postpone your event, don’t flat-out cancel it altogether, postpone it and then find a good time to reschedule the celebration, whatever it may be.
- Order takeout or delivery – Your favorite restaurants may have had to shut their doors, but many of them still offer takeout or delivery. Not only does that keep the business going, it also provides income for delivery drivers. (Many food delivery companies have sent out updates regarding their sanitation guidelines and practices).
- Say Thank You – To all the people on the frontlines of this pandemic. This includes grocery store employees, pharmacists, nurses, and doctors.
- Volunteer or give back – If you feel comfortable and are able, volunteer at a food bank or another place that is ensuring that vulnerable communities are getting water and food. Or make a donation to an organization doing the above or making sure the millions of school children who aren’t going to school anymore can still get a healthy breakfast and lunch or an organization whose mission is to make sure all Americans can engage their differences constructively, particularly at a time of crises.
Today’s post is going to be a smattering of different things. I guess it shows where my head is currently!
I begin with yesterday’s promise of getting back to you about my first GW Alumni Community Outreach and Service Committee meeting. Three other girls and I met at Vapiano, a restaurant that serves pasta, pizza, and salad (as well as having a pretty sweet happy hour), and we managed to have a very productive meeting over glasses of wine, pasta, amidst sports fans and happy hour goers. So the planning one event for the semester? Not really a thing. The President of the Committee told us she hoped we could host/coordinate an event once a month for alumni. Another girl and I cautioned with managing expectations. As it stands we plan on hosting our first event in early May, a happy hour, and then following up with a more service-specific event in either June or July. I’m looking forward to working with this group of people and hope that are events start to become widely attended. We are definitely in the very early stages of developing this alumni association group. Bring it on! [Read more…]
As you all know I like doing community service projects and I tend to never say no to anything or anyone, so when I was asked if I wanted to join the GW (The George Washington) Alumni’s Community Outreach and Service Committee, I thought why the heck not? My friend Nova was also going to be on the committee and I was promised it wouldn’t consume too much of my time. We shall see 😉 [Read more…]