The Girl Scout Guide to Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic
It’s in our Girl Scout DNA to help in a time of crisis. For those that are healthy and want to help others, there are multiple ways to help those in need during the novel coronavirus outbreak. But how can we do so responsibly? In some cases, you don’t even need to step outside your home to help in a meaningful way.
Here are 4 things you can do to support your community:
1.Sew masks – Girl Scout Senior Sarah has created video tutorials to machine and hand sew masks as part of her Gold Award project. Watch her videos to learn how to make masks to donate:
Machine sewing video
Hand Sewing video
Safety/Caring for Ourselves and Others video
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves of N-95 respirator masks. These masks might be used for non-medical personnel or non-critical patients.
2. Say thank you – Write a thank you note to healthcare providers, food bank volunteers, teachers, or a troop leader. Note: Check to see if the organization will accept the physical copy by mail or if you should scan/email them copies of these instead. Be creative and say thank you to anyone who is on the “front lines” helping keep everyone safe or supplied.
3. Be tech support- If you’re technologically savvy, offer to help a neighbor, friend or relative get set up and act as their “tech support” hotline. The elderly population is at high risk. Show them how to order their groceries or get audiobooks from their local library so they stay home and safe. You might even consider reaching out to a local assisted living facility to see if you can do a tele-visit with residents to keep their spirits up. Maybe they can teach YOU a skill, like knitting!
4. Donate to and/or volunteer at the food bank Note: Check with your local food bank for needed food and to ask for age requirement for volunteering. You may also want to ensure they have put in measures to keep you safe through social distancing.
We would love to see how Girl Scouts in our council are helping their local communities during this crisis. Share your stories and pictures with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.