As we socially isolate in response to COVID-19, we are all gaining a greater appreciation of our homes. As New Yorkers, mean so much more than the physical spaces we live in. The home encompasses our unique neighborhoods, our fellow neighbors, and our community at large. That’s why we are determined to support people and places that make our great city feel like home – from our homes. In Warburg’s special Community Support Edition of Culturally Inclined, we share a few ways we can all do so.
Many thanks to all the strangers who are now showing kindness and bravery. Our community of cleaners, street sweepers, sanitation engineers, movers, postal service, delivery drivers, shop workers, and many others carrying on while most are not. Each and every one a thing of beauty. The coming weeks are likely to bring new and unpredictable difficulties, including real health consequences for people we know and love. May we all strive to keep one another close despite the unaccustomed distance. Take strength in knowing that we will get through this historic challenge together. Call upon me, if I can provide you comfort during this difficult time. Stay safe.
Home should be an anchor, a port in the storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we love and where we can love.
A term dubbed by a Canadian citizen that did not exist a few days ago has quickly grown into an organized community support movement. “Caremongering” is a way to promote random acts of kindness and to encourage those who can safely do so to help neighbors who are elderly, have medical conditions that put them at a higher risk, or cannot otherwise go shopping or take care of certain tasks.
Keep in mind that many healthcare workers may also need help with things like shopping, as they might be pulling double shifts. This can be as simple as knocking on the door of elderly neighbors before making a grocery run to ask if they need anything. Another way to help others in your community is to create a Facebook group where neighbors can share tips (and cute animal videos to keep spirits up) as well as ask for or offer assistance.
Hello Alfred, a New York-based tech startup that provides on-demand hospitality services to residential buildings, is now making its service available to local households and people who need help. They’re able to provide safe and guaranteed weekly deliveries of any food, medicine, or supplies upon request with no delays. Learn more about the new program here.
Give to Food Banks
Donate Blood for the Community
Support Community Animal Shelters
Support Local Community Restaurants
Buy Books From Local Community Bookstore
Join Community Virtual Work-out Class
Show Community Support On Social Media
Purchasing Gift Cards to Help Main Street
Donate to Community Museums
Museums of all sizes generally depend on tourism, event attendance, and regular donations from patrons to operate. But closures due to COVID-19 are putting some of New York’s smaller cultural institutions in a particularly difficult financial position. The Children’s Museum of the Arts and the Tenement Museum is among them. Community support during this time if important for the survival of the institutions that make this City exceptional. If you have a favorite art institution in the City that you love – consider making a donation to show your support.
P.S. Many Museums and Parks are providing FREE Virtual tours and visit my neighborhood guides for ideas on other members of the community you would like to support.