As many of us are being asked to stay at home to help battle the global pandemic, frontline workers are being asked to step forward. Medical professionals, first responders, and essential workers who are keeping our communities moving deserve both our thanks and our support.
Here are just a few ways to show your support for those who are supporting our communities during these challenging times.
Contribute to Relief Efforts
Many organizations, both national and local, are collecting financial donations to provide relief through this pandemic. From national efforts like Thrive Global’s First Responders First campaign and Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to more local efforts to support community organizations like Covid-19 Community Response Fund of the United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, and the P & G Coronavirus/COVID-19 Relief Fund.
Feed Frontline Workers
To ensure that frontline workers are taking the time to care for themselves while working, many groups have taken it upon themselves to provide food to hospital staff. Feed the Frontline: Cleveland and Beyond began as an effort to provide snacks for one hospital, but has garnered so much support that they have donated to more than 20 hospitals and rehabilitation facilities throughout Northeast Ohio. Similar programs can be found throughout the state, including Feed Our Frontline in Southern Ohio.
Support Friends & Family Who Are on the Frontlines
A simple text, phone call, or Facebook message to check on family and friends who are still required to work during this time can go a long way. If they’re busy working long shifts or overnight hours, they may not find the time to respond right away, but they will still appreciate knowing that you’re there for them. Consider safely dropping off dinner or providing a gift card to a local resident so that they can order dinner in after a long day. We currently have a Thank An APRN submission form on our website.
During these stressful times, a little kindness means everything. Smile (even with your mask on!) and say thank you to those continuing to work – these simple acts reinforce the importance of the work they are doing, and our gratitude that they are doing it.