First Gen American asks:
I have been checking in with old neighbors… I gave my cleaning person extra money last week because all of her air b+b gigs dried out. I reached out to contractors we’ve used in the past and let them know to reach out if they need extra work. We brought all our chicken’s eggs to my husband’s work when they were sold out everywhere. I’ve shared big meals with neighbors who needed extra help. I’ve called people to check in.
Social Distancing…Would love more ideas on how to help people who’ve lost their income and/or ways to keep sane while cooped up at home.
Sounds like you’ve been doing a great job!
Right now I think one big thing you can do is make sure that people who have been laid off know how to file for unemployment insurance and that they’ve paid for unemployment insurance through lower wages all their lives, so they’re entitled to these benefits. If you live in a blue state, there’s likely local benefits that they qualify for as well, such as rent assistance. In a red state, the social safety nets aren’t usually as good, but students may have access to financial assistance via their universities, there may be assistance through churches (though I haven’t seen much of the latter around here).
Once we’re freed, it is likely we will be wearing face masks so that asymptomatic people don’t infect people. If you’re crafty, your non-crafty friends would be delighted with some reusable facemasks. We’ll probably each need at least 7 for each family member.
If you live in a state that doesn’t have easy voting from home, call your governor and state secretary of state to request it. You can also write postcards to Florida Democrats to tell them how to sign up for voting from home because most of our problems are big ones that need government coordination to solve, and without that, you end up with plutocrats taking extranormal money (rents in economics terms) from the people who are trying to help. We need turnout without endangering voters.
In turns of staying sane… definitely make sure you get enough sunlight and/or vitamin D.
Other folks have put together more extensive lists about how to help, beyond the STAY HOME order:
Frugalwoods on how to help out.
Debbie M with suggestions.
And of course, suggestions on how to stay sane:
Frugalwoods on staying sane during isolation.
Here’s suggestions from polar explorers.
Grumpy Nation: What has been working for you to stay sane? Do you have ideas for how to help people who need it?