Service From Home
Many of you have been asking, “How can I help during the pandemic?” As we so often sing together, “There is a light that can overcome the darkness. There is no darkness that come overcome the light.” These are unique times, and so we are called to be men and women for others – to be LIGHTS – in unique ways. Unsure where to start? Take a look at this list of ideas to be of service within our families and local communities right now.
Ask yourself regularly: What does my family need from me right now? How can I help relieve stress my family is experiencing? Not sure… ask a parent (or another family member). How can you surprise your family every day with a random act of kindness?
REACH OUT TO YOUR GRANDPARENTS AND/OR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
Can’t visit? Call or FaceTime. Play an instrument? Do a livestream “concert” or send them a video of you playing or singing. Write them a letter. If you can, drop off food or supplies at their front door. Make them a card or piece of art. Send them a text. Reach out to anyone you know who might be isolated right now.
HELP OUT WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Be intentional about helping siblings with homework or leading them in an engaging activity together every day. If your parent(s) have kids at home right now, they may need you to step up. What can you teach? What might you learn together? Create together? Enjoy together? Music, magic, art, outdoor game, reading, walking, exercising, cooking, building, crafting, filming, etc.
Look around. What needs to be done? Dishes? Vacuuming? Dusting? Mopping? Find a corner in your house that is overlooked or forgotten. Clean a disorganized game closet. Clean your own closet. Organize under your bed. Identify clothing and items you can set aside for donation at a later time. Go for a "trash walk" and clean up your neighborhood!
Prepare a meal, snacks, dessert for your family. Explore the Tasty App – it has really helpful and short instructional videos.
TACKLE A YARD PROJECT
Mow the lawn. Or a neighbor’s. Weed. Plant a garden. Now’s a great time for a spring clean up!
DO YOU SEW?
Check out this online community (based here in Portland) that has come together to sew face masks amidst the nationwide shortage.
CHECK IN WITH YOUR LOCAL PARISH
There may be parishioners who are isolated or have specific needs. Some parishes have food banks that may be depleted right now. They may have needs you can assist with from home (calling isolated parishioners to check in, for example).
LEARN, EDUCATE, ADVOCATE
Now is a great time to dive into issues you care about. Read. Learn. Research. Advocate. You can find great resources on the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) website.
SEARCHABLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Search the service catalog on the Portland Student Pandemic Response (PSPR) website. This is a great resource put together by students for students.
Blood banks are struggling with donations of blood and platelets. They provide these to vulnerable populations like cancer patients who continue to fight their illness in the midst of this pandemic. Donating blood is safe and the Red Cross has instituted even more precautions against COVID-10. Sign up to donate with American Red Cross https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or with Bloodworks NW https://www.bloodworksnw.org/
- Beaver Den at Beaverton High School
- Beaverton Foursquare Church (Food Donation Site)
- Bethel Congregational Church Food Pantry
- Blanchet House
- Courts for Kids
- Every Child PDX
- Holy Trinity Parish Church Food Closet
- HomePlate Youth Services
- Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS)
- Kino Border Initiative (KBI)
- Marquis Autumn Hills
- Meals on Wheels
- Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp
- Oregon Food Bank
- Rose Haven
- St. Cecilia Catholic Church Food Pantry (St. Vincent de Paul)
- Students Tutor Students
- Sunset Presbyterian Church Food Pantry
- VOICES, Inc. (Send digital cards to elderly care centers!)
- Youth Link