How to Help Your Community in the Time of Corona


Amy Athing, Contributor

This is a weird time. There I said it. But just because we aren’t going to school (and not going to our community service related clubs) doesn’t mean we can’t help out our communities. All over Huntsville there are people who need help, but right now there aren’t enough people helping. 

One volunteer organization that needs your help is Meals on Wheels. This program is well known across the US but as of now is struggling to gather enough volunteers. On a normal basis, many of the volunteers are 65+ years old, which is one of the main demographics that COVID-19 can hit, so many of them just stay home. Meals on Wheels is also facing the potential problems that come with one person going between so many places and being a potential carrier. For more information on volunteering at Meals on Wheels, go here.

Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard how hospitals across the US are facing a shortage of medical supplies. In response to this, people in north Alabama who have 3D printers have been helping out the medical community by printing face shields. If you have a 3D printer, you can participate by downloading a free file and printing it out. Mrs. Gaines is cranking out masks using the Bob Jones 3D printer. If you have one at home, you can help, too. More information can be found here

In the past few weeks, American Red Cross has had to cancel blood drives across the US. If you qualify for donating blood, you can make an appointment somewhere in Huntsville or Madison that is still taking blood donations. To learn more about making blood donations in the time of Corona, go here

If you really don’t want to go out in public, donations are always welcomed by these organizations. Needless to say, these organizations are thankful for your help during this time, as they know the safety issues it involves. Just remember, any help you can provide, no matter how small, is always welcome!