On #GivingTuesday, we are encouraged to donate to charities that are supporting those in need during this pandemic. In addition to almost 300 thousand deaths globally so far, everyday thousands mote are getting sick, medical bills are piling up, people have lost jobs, people are struggling for food, businesses and organizations are fighting to survive. If you are in a position to help, we have some ideas on ways you can.
Choosing The Right Pandemic Charity
It is not easy for everyone in a position to give to actually give. We’ve all heard reports in the past of mishandling of funds during a crisis, even by reputable organizations. But here is some information that my help you chose a group that is responsibly helping those in need during the pandemic.
The Hardest Hit
An unfortunate and constant headline of this pandemic is the fact that it is hitting the African American community disproportionately. Black people are 80 percent of the deaths in Georgia, yet make up only about 30 percent of the state’s population. The situation is the same around the country. If you would like to focus you giving on the Black community, BET Network has set up a special fund in conjunction with The United Way.
Remember The Charities You Already Love
As businesses are suffering during this crisis, chances are the same is happening with your favorite charities. Whether it’s an animal shelter or a program to feed the hungry… they are likely in need of donations and support now more than ever. Take the time to check in via their websites or give a call and find out how you can help.
If you don’t have money to give or want to do more than just give money, many charities and non profits could use volunteers at this time. If you choose to volunteer in person, make sure every precaution is in place to keep you from contracting or spreading the virus. But keep in mind, there may also be opportunities for you to volunteer from home.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. Now more than ever is a time to use your voice. You don’t have to be well versed in politics to remind people about the importance of voting. Speak out against acts of hate toward Asians in America or Africans in China. Remind people how important it is to practice social distancing, because a lot of people just don’t get it.
Many of us may feel helpless when it comes to fighting back against this virus, but giving back or speaking out will help us flex the power we do have.
Stay safe and sane.