It’s hard to scroll through your phone these days without seeing the nasty impact the Coronavirus is having on just about everyone.
While school and work is cancelled, and all other group social activites have been shut down because of social distancing requirements, some suffer more than others.
Many charities get much of their funding from collection days, where volunteers go around with buckets collecting spare change that often builds up to a lot of much-needed money. You may have seen that the Irish Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, among many other charities had to call off their fundraising events.
If you feel powerless right now, there is something you can do.
Take The Pandemic Seriously
The quicker we take this virus seriously – by staying in doors, not meeting up with friends, not hanging out in groups, the quicker life will get back to normal. If people are staying home and respecting the advice of the experts, less people will be affected by the virus, and it will go away sooner. The sooner we’re back to normal, the sooner charities can get back to fundraising and providing vital services to those in need. A pretty easy way to help right? Just staying at home watching Netflix?
Donate, Donate, Donate
There are many Irish charities out there calling out for help, who are now relying on the kindness of humans more than ever. Whether it’s €2 or €50, whatever you can afford will make a big difference. Because you’re no longer meeting up with friends for a hot chocolate, or going for lunch at the weekend, chances are your money is lasting a lot longer. If you have money that would usually be spent by now, and you feel you can afford to donate it, pick a charity that means a lot to you or a family member.
Below we have listed a number of charities particularly affected to consider when donating, but there are so many to choose from.
Alleviate The Workload
Charities such as ALONE and Friend Of The Elderly provide support for elderly people living alone around the country. While you can, of course, donate a sum to help them with their work, you could also take a leaf out of their book and help an elderly or vulnerable person around your area. While you are out doing your own shop pick up some essential supplies so they don’t need to leave their home and risk becoming infected. You can also provide your companionship by organising a phone-call a few times a week. As the HSE has announced, it is those who are elderly who are partially vulnerable to the virus, so it’s understandable that this is a scary time for those in that bracket. Reaching out and offering a little help will alleviate the pressure charities who are trying to reach elderly people around the country are feeling.
While you’re discussing COVID-19 with those around you, mention the fact that many charities and public-funded organisations are suffering. This is a scary time for everyone, and it’s easy to get caught up in your own bubble of worrying about yourself and those directly around you. However, it’s important to speak about the wider circle and inform those who may not be aware of the ways we can help. Social media can be a panic-inducing space during times like this, but using it to our advantage opens up the possibility to share positive information and make a difference. Choose a charity that is currently suffering and share it on your social media, encourage others to donate also and together we can turn a negative situation into a positive one.