How COVID-19 brought Britain back together
Annemarie Plas organized a country-wide movement to clap for health care workers weekly in Britain. Naveed Khan made a customized COVID-19 food and supplies delivery vehicle. Lucy Wellings was overwhelmed with community support and had her stolen bike found. Claire Sheppard set up a service to help those living in isolation, and Sarah-Jane Clark left her family to move into her office at a care home. Listen to this podcast and then try to brainstorm a few ways you can help your community come together.
How Sunset Neighbors created a mutual aid society
Neighbors coming together to help neighbors. Sunset residents created a Facebook page and a call line to help neighbors with groceries and food. They’ve helped more than 250 people and plan to keep this community and the relationships going after the coronavirus concern abates.
After listening, take some time to safely check in on your neighbors to see if you can help in any way.
How to help
Many of us feel like we are wasting extra time and are looking for ways to help others. Dr. Sanjay Gupta features several people who have raised money for healthy snacks for healthcare workers, who grocery shop for senior citizens, and volunteers who have had COVID-19 and are now donating their blood. Listen to these inspiring stories and then ask yourself, How can I use my skills, time, and experience to help others?
Civic engagement, social distancing and democracy reform
In a time of social distancing, it can be hard to remain civically engaged in your community. This podcast focuses on the political impact of coronavirus on our democracy and the opportunities it provides. The opportunity to form new online communities, the chance to reform flaws in our democracy, and a chance to build local leaders.
Manage COVID anxiety and depression (and stay politically active)
An excellent Q&A with Jennifer Young, a therapist who specializes in trauma. All of your questions about how to manage anxiety during this time are answered, along with a few tips on how to stay politically active. After listening, give yourself some time to practice Young’s tips on managing anxiety and depression, while being sure to not retreat from civic life.
Mobilizing in a time of crisis
This podcast shares how civic teachers across the country are changing their curriculum and adapting to this time. As well as dissecting what community looks like now, it highlights how we can be partners, and emphasizes the importance of giving ourselves grace.
Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space, so for him social distancing is not a new concept. Here, he shares his tips on how to survive quarantine with resiliency and a positive attitude. Kelly recommends setting a schedule with variety, exercising, picking up a hobby, focusing on what you can control, and using the time to connect.
Learning from a plague
Still Processing draws comparisons between life now and the AIDS documentary “How to Survive a Plague” to show how important organizing for values is during coronavirus – and what we can learn from the organizers during the AIDS crisis.
After listening, ask yourself, Who is missing from the coverage of coronavirus? How can I help?