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Donate money to a worthy cause or consider mutual aid

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Showing up in person to help friends, families and charity organizations isn’t necessarily possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. While social isolation keeps us safe, it also cuts us off from lending a helping hand and getting a dopamine boost from assisting others and causes we believe in. Consider recreating those feel-good vibes by joining a mutual aid group or donating money or miles. Louise Sattler, founder and owner of Louise Sattler Consulting and Signing Families in Los Angeles, agrees: “Endorphins are created for a variety of reasons and so anything that gives you a rush for feeling good can be of help!”

Mutual aids groups — like those that have sprung up in Brooklyn, N.Y. — are helping alleviate some of the stress for community members who cannot accomplish required tasks like shopping for food. These informal networks virtually link neighbors that have low risk factors for COVID-19 complications with the immunocompromised or elderly in their community to help them run errands, like venturing to the pharmacy or grocery store. The person running the errand picks up the requested items and drops them off without ever making person-to-person contact. Other mutual aid tactics include checking in on people via phone calls and micro-fundraising.

Millions of restaurant workers are temporarily unemployed due to restaurant closings across the country. A donation to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation supplies direct relief to individual restaurant workers and zero-interest loans to restaurant owners. Alternatively, The Bail Project provides free bail assistance to low-income individuals who are legally presumed innocent, and whom a judge has deemed eligible for release before trial contingent on paying bail. Jails are known hotbeds of coronavirus infections, and paying bail can save lives and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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