🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day was widely celebrated across the United States on January 18th. On this day, schools are usually closed. People may imagine a life without his contributions to society, and...
it’s customary for observers to pay homage to Dr. King Jr.'s memory by doing selfless acts or volunteering. But how did this day and these customs come to be? It all started with one man from Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968.The vital role he played in the Civil Rights Movement resulted in a legacy that will live far beyond his passing. Some of his most notable work includes the Civil Rights Act as well as the Voting Rights Act. On this day, not only do we recognize the impactful life Martin Luther King Jr. led, but we volunteer and commit selfless acts to carry on his legacy. In the days of COVID, it seems nearly impossible to participate safely and responsibly, so listed below are some ideas we have to help you volunteer from home!
If you are particularly interested in helping your community from quarantine, then a great alternative is donating. While not everyone may be able to donate right now, it's still an excellent option to consider for those who are able. Many small businesses have launched campaigns this year where certain products donate to social justice causes or foundations. However, you can also find lots of places across the internet to contribute online. If you cannot donate financially, you can also find websites like FreeRice to earn donations just by playing games. You can also help out with physical contributions to food banks, local social service centers, fundraising thrift stores, and more! Something as simple as cleaning out your storage room and taking a drive to Goodwill could help your community! My family loves to do this when we have extra time, and then I can shop through the thrift store to help the cycle keep going!
Volunteers are needed now more than ever. Being an active member and giving back to the community is essential even amid a pandemic. One thing to remember before volunteering is to make sure you are feeling well and not experiencing symptoms. And make sure to wear your mask, always. Volunteers can make a huge difference by giving their time back to food banks, animal shelters, senior homes, and homeless shelters. Specific nonprofits to volunteer at include American Red Cross, Community Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity. These are examples of how you can give back, but we are in a pandemic, and, understandably, leaving the house can be dangerous. There are other ways you can achieve your acts of service to society. Even though times are tough, giving back even a little can make a huge difference. Making donations to nonprofits around the Chattanooga area and even across the world can make a change.
Amid a pandemic, it can be very easy to be wrapped up in yourself and focus on your own needs. On days like this, it helps bring things into perspective and enables you to realize that there are many more things going on in the world beyond your personal needs. Nevertheless, the amount of volunteering we can do is very limited due to coronavirus restrictions… but it’s not impossible! Hopefully, some of the examples listed above have given you some ideas on how to safely volunteer to help your community while respecting COVID-19 restrictions and honoring the great Dr. Martin King Jr.