Every year people come together on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement. As an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are joining nonprofits and individual people around the world in a special #GivingTuesdayNow event. On May 5 people around the world will act to collectively drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.
So May Ways to Say Thank You
During these unprecedented times, we need to be caring, patient and kind to the people who are on the frontline. The clerk at the market, the postal workers, the attendant at the gas station and so many others. Many of you may be struggling, but for those that can financial assist the community, we have joined forces with the United Way of North NJ in creating a Recovery Fund.
Here are other ways we can show our appreciate, our thanks, to those on the frontlines serving our community:
1. Donate a meal
Everyone loves a free meal. If you are thinking about donating a meal, be sure to coordinate with the location so your delivery can be done efficiently and safely. If you cannot make the delivery yourself, you can buy a meal instead. Many national and local businesses are delivering meals to support frontline workers. Remember meal donations can be a great way to thank hospital workers as well as the staff at your doctor’s office, EMTs, police officers, firefighters and grocery clerks.
2. Make a sign for your window or front yard
Make someone’s commute to work brighter by posting a sign in your window or front yard telling frontline workers how much they mean to our community. This is a great project for kids!
3. Share a message on social media
As we all keep our physical distance, connecting online has become even more important. Using social media is a great way to thank frontline workers. You can tag people you know or send a general message using the hashtags #FrontlineLove, #FrontlineHeroes, #COVIDHeroes or #InThisTogether.
4. Leave items for delivery workers
Delivery workers are putting in long hours and many find it hard to get to the store. Help them by leaving items such as water bottles, hand sanitizer, snacks and other essentials that will get them through their day or save them a trip to the store. Remember to sanitize the items as best as you can and leave instructions, so the delivery people do the same.
5. Email Congress
Show frontline workers you appreciate their work by helping them get the support they need. During this time of uncertainty and economic crisis, many people, including those still working, need a boost to make ends meet. Vital services like 211, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and SNAP can provide relief for frontline workers – and others – in need.
6. Join a daily salute
Across the world, many communities are now doing a daily salute to frontline workers by lighting candles, applauding, cheering or sounding horns at a certain time of day
7. Stay at home
The most important thing you can do to thank frontline workers is to stay home. When we all stay home, we limit the spread of COVID-19. So, limit outings to essential trips to the grocery store, medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, walking pets and helping the vulnerable. When outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.
8. Be kind
Last but very much NOT least, be kind. Essential workers who are keeping grocery, convenience and pharmacy stores open see large groups of people every day. When you must shop at one of these stores, don’t let haste or fear prevent you from being respectful of the people working there. Wear a protective mask, keep your distance from employees and be kind to team members and other customers. Remember to say thank you. These small acts can help workers feel appreciated and safer at their jobs.
Even though we are apart, we can still be United. Let us show frontline workers that we are in this together!