It’s normal in a time like this to feel compelled to contribute something to our local community, be it our time or something physical, but this virus makes that especially difficult. Despite the restrictions on social gatherings, there are still plenty of ways to give back, all while staying 6 feet apart. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do right now that will make a difference:

  1. Donate blood. Many scheduled American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled recently due to the coronavirus however they are saying they’re facing critical shortages of blood. Even though there are fewer drives going on right now, they are still being held. Check out the American Red Cross website to find one near you.
  2. Volunteer with Meals on Wheels really needs volunteers (and donations) right now. They’ve updated their delivery procedures and are now practicing contactless drop offs. Store to Door is another organization offering grocery shopping for independent seniors.
  3. The annual Tulip Fest held at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm had to be canceled this year. Instead of allowing visitors, you can purchase a bouquet of tulips to be sent to either front line responders or to an assisted living facility.
  4. Oregon Food Bank has seen an increased demand, donate or volunteer to help those in need find food during this pandemic.
  5. Contribute to a virtual tip jar to your favorite café, bar or restaurant that had to close. Many places have set up a Venmo account to which you can donate, this money goes directly to their out-of-work staff. Check the website or social media page of your favorite spot to see if this is something they’ve already set up.
  6. Support local area farmers. Places like Coquine are partnering with vendors from around the area and offering farm direct pickups; things like fresh veggies, housemade sauerkraut, farm fresh eggs and local honey. The Portland Farmer’s Market at PSU is still open and running each Saturday, or you can click here to find out how to order from each vendor directly, without having to leave your house.
  7. Continue ordering food and drinks from your local restaurants that are open! Businesses are changing their offerings almost daily, so continue to check on your favorite places. Places like Prost on Mississippi just started a new offering; beer for sale from 3-6 pm every Tuesday and Friday.

No matter how small, know that any effort in supporting the community helps. We will get through this together!