Caring for Self & Others
Right now many of us are in lockdown, sheltered-in-place, possibly feeling isolated and maybe helpless. But there are things we can do. The following links will suggest positive ways that you can care for yourself and contribute to the well-being of your community.
Celebrate a Summer of Stewardship
What Is Community Supported Agriculture?
Find a Supportive Community
"Community, at its core, is a group of interconnected people that communicate with and relate to one another. When many of us think about our communities, we think of neighbors meeting at a local business, friends gathered for a shared meal and coworkers working side by side on common challenges. Community may look different online, but its essence is the same. People can connect within large groups (message boards), connect individually with other community members (through direct messages) and even work together to learn a new skill or discuss a common challenge (in an online course or community of practice). "
Adopt a Spiritual Practice
"[T]here are opportunities here. One of them is increased reliance upon spiritual practices. A popular meme circulating on social media quotes the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that to avoid spreading the coronavirus, you avoid physical contact and don't go into large crowds. To which the 'introvert' replies: 'I've been training for this moment my whole life.'
"So have contemplatives and meditators, who are accustomed to solitude and being quiet in their minds and bodies."
Join a Study Group or Learn Something New
"Even if you’re still up to your eyeballs in things to do and little ones to care for, after . . . weeks of staying inside, it’s easy to just go through the motions day after day. But one great way to get out of that rut is to make it a priority for yourself and your family to learn something new!
"There are so many companies and organizations that are teaming up right now to provide some great, free classes and tutorials for anyone and everyone to try! And what better time to learn something new than when you can’t go anywhere?"
Find a Way to Donate or Serve
"Local and national nonprofits are struggling to meet clients’ needs as the coronavirus sickens thousands of people and forces layoffs and school closures. The organizations face increased demand while being compelled to cancel crucial fundraising events, according to Rick Cohen, chief communications officer of the National Council of Nonprofits. Here are some nonprofits that would welcome donations. He also suggests you check in with smaller nonprofits you may have supported in the past, as nearly every charity is likely experiencing challenges."
Support Minority-Owned Businesses
If you want to make a tangible contribution to environmental justice in your local community, look for minority-owned businesses you can support. Many cities, such as Austin, Texas, will have directories listing such businesses. Read article
Location of black-owned restaurants in Austin
Shop at Farmers' Markets
"Public markets are not just places of commerce. Successful markets help grow and connect urban and rural economies. They encourage development, enhance real estate values and the tax base, and keep money in the local neighborhood. Public markets also offer low-risk business opportunities for vendors and feed money back into the rural economy where many vendors grow, raise and produce their products.
"The spin-off benefits of markets are numerous. From increasing access to fresh, healthy food to providing important revenue streams, markets positively impact local businesses, governments and residents. But, perhaps most important is the way markets serve as public gathering places for people from different ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic communities. As one of the few places where people comfortably gather and meet, markets are our neighborhoods’ original civic centers."