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It’s during times like this – when people are frightened and anxiety-ridden – that positive community engagement is more important than ever. There are things we can all do during quarantine to keep everyone’s spirits uplifted. Simple gestures that will act as hugs from 6 feet away. Read on to learn about things you can do in your home and for your community that will uplift you and your neighbors during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Around the Home
The act of radiating joy and happiness starts within your home. There are simple things you can do to boost your morale that will also have a positive impact on your neighbors as well. Many of these tasks can be done using what you already have in and around your home. Everything else can be ordered online and delivered to your home.
Most people have heard there’s a correlation between good mental health and spending time outdoors. Even though there are current restrictions in place all over the world, the truth is, you haven’t been banned from your driveway or backyard. Soak up the sun and fresh air. Spend some time outside of your home. While you’re out there, grab some chalk! Community engagement from your home can start with heartfelt messages on your driveway and sidewalk. Spread cheer by having your family help leave positive messages and colorful drawings outside of your home for others to see.
Keep your kids occupied and also help them meet their art class requirements by having them draw pictures to hang in your windows. Rainbows are easy to do and also a reminder that this storm will pass. Anything that makes your kids happy will work. And don’t feel like you have to limit those drawings to your windows. Decorate the inside of your home with them.
Even though you won’t be entertaining people at your house for a while, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. And sometimes nothing is more uplifting than holiday decorations. If you’re feeling up to it, drag your Christmas decorations back out and set them up. And if your Christmas decorations are still up – no judgment – take them down and swap them out with your Halloween decorations. Just be sure to check your HOA guidelines before putting up any outside decorations.
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For Your Neighbors
Scavenger hunts are a great way to kick off community engagement. If your neighborhood has its own Facebook page or website, use it to give your neighbors a heads up so they can participate too. Scavenger hunts don’t have to be fancy. They can be as simple as posting a particular image in your windows or around your property for others to find. Here are a few examples of some scavenger hunts for community engagement.
Birthday Scavenger Hunts
Because having a birthday party isn’t possible during this time, neighborhoods all over are coming together to help children celebrate their birthdays. In some cases, neighbors are writing “Happy Birthday,” messages on their driveways and sidewalks, and decorating their mailboxes with signs for the birthday kids to see. In other cases, neighbors have organized parades for the kids by decorating their cars and driving past that child’s house to help celebrate the special occasion.
Kindness rocks are great for community engagement. You can dig them up and wash them off or you an order kits like the one posted above from Amazon. Paint the rocks and leave them around your neighborhood for others to find. And for those of you who are artistically-challenged, temporary tattoos can be used to stamp beautiful images onto rocks. Carissa Bonham, author of the blog, I Love Painted Rocks, has a tutorial on how to do this. Amazon has a vast collection of temporary tattoos to choose from.
Technology has opened up so many forms of communication. Just because we can’t get our kids together doesn’t mean we can’t give them a playdate. Facebook, Skype, and Zoom are just three of many ways you can get your kids together for a virtual playdate. Let them have some time with their friends on your computer, cell phone, or tablet.
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For the Community
Scavenger hunts and home decorations aren’t the only way to boost community engagement during a pandemic. Businesses, nursing homes, and hospitals need our help too. Here are some ways you can help.
You’ll want to call and find out the best way of delivering these items, but coloring pictures or sending cards with messages of love and appreciation for nursing home residents, hospitals and first responders to hang on their walls is a fantastic way of spreading cheer.
A number of businesses have come up with ways to offer customers a “no contact” delivery. Door Dash is one such delivery service that will allow customers to opt for a “no contact” delivery for foods ordered through their website, allowing customers the ability to eat their favorite comfort foods worry-free while still supporting a local business.
Little Caesar’s is another company allowing the same “no contact” delivery option. But, they’ve upped their game! Now, certain locations will allow customers to pick up their pizza through a pizza portal (kind of like an ATM machine). To use the pizza portal option, users will need to download Little Caesar’s app which is available on both Android and iOS.
Purchase Gift Cards
Local businesses, small and large, need our love and support during this time as well. And the best part is, many retailers make purchasing eGift cards a possibility. If a special occasion is coming up, like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, contact your special someone’s favorite store and inquire about purchasing a gift card from the. Gift cards, both plastic and eGift cards, can also be purchased from GiftCards.com
Use your extra time at home to get caught up on writing reviews for your local businesses. Talk about the wonderful services you’ve received on your social media platforms and tag those businesses so they can see how you’re supporting them.
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Now more than ever, community engagement is vital. Together, we can all work together to keep our morale up. Help fight anxiety and depression by trying out one of the suggestions above. And remember, staying home doesn’t mean staying inside. Take care of yourself but get some sun and have some fun.
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