It’s always amazing to see the volunteer activities that evolve from a crisis. People all around the world have stepped up to provide solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re in some crazy times and feel for those out of work right now. We’re also grateful to those on our front lines caring for the ill. In all of the difficult things, we’ve also seen local businesses banding together. And random acts of kindness towards strangers. During this time of uncertainty, the good in people is shining through. It’s inspiring to see so many meaningful volunteer activities birthed from this crisis.

DIY Face Masks

The dwindling supply of PPE face masks was one of the early challenges with the COVID-19 outbreak. Some organizations have asked for donations of unused PPE supplies.  The challenge has also created a DIY phenomenon and one of the most popular volunteer activities. Providence has thrown down the 100 Million Mask Challenge. Their website provides valuable information on best practices for sewing face masks. Joann, the nationwide fabric store, has complete tutorials on their website for patterns and how to’s.

DIY Face Mask

Your Favorite Alcohol … Now a Sanitizer

I do not ever remember a time when we had a hand sanitizer shortage. Enter COVID-19. Now, you can both sip some Jameson Irish Whiskey while also rubbing it on your hands. Both large and small (and everyone in between) distilleries around the country have begun making hand sanitizer instead of spirits. Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka, Woodford Reserve, and Anheuser-Busch are just a handful of those companies. CDC recommendations for hand sanitizer is two parts 85% alcohol by volume with one part aloe vera gel.

If you’re not involved with a volunteer activity, it’s not too late to put on a movie, watch a virtual tour, and get sewing! If you don’t have a sewing machine, see if one of your elderly or immune-compromised neighbors needs a grocery store run. What volunteer activities are you participating in or seeing around that inspire you?

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