Community can be defined in many ways. When it comes to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are all a part of the same community. Although some people are more at risk of severe illness, we are all vulnerable to the coronavirus.
VA VOAD would like to encourage everyone throughout Virginia to check in on their neighbors, friends, associates and community members. Checking in allows us all to feel more connected to our community and the people within it. This provides a support system during a time when anxiety and loneliness are inevitable due to canceled events and closings.
There are many ways we can help, keeping in mind recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19 and practicing social distancing, It could be something as simple as calling a loved one, connecting with friends online, or posting on your neighborhood’s Nextdoor Help Map, that you are willing and able to assist a neighbor in need.
Other ways that you can help include:
- The Medical Reserve Corps is looking for medical volunteers.
- Assist in the packaging and/ or distribution of food for our local food banks.
- Donate blood or platelets through the American Red Cross.
- VA VOAD member organizations are active in some way in responding to the many needs the pandemic has placed on our communities.
- Our medical community is in desperate need of masks, gloves, and supplies.
If you have any questions or would like to help VA VOAD, please email Norm Gold, VA VOAD President.