How to Help Others (and gain experience!) During COVID-19

Although social distancing is our responsibility, this doesn’t mean our hands are completely tied. Now more than ever, the world needs compassion and people who can help others. The bonus is this counts as experience and you can talk about it to any future employer. You can strengthen communication skills and demonstrate creative thinking. Here are two ideas you can consider. You’d be surprised how good you’ll feel after!

  • Donate blood. As it says on the New York Blood Center’s websiteFrom organ transplants to heart surgeries, today’s advanced medical care relies on blood transfusions. When one person donates a unit of blood, it can be separated into individual components to save multiple lives. Blood donors like you help meet the daily transfusion needs of cancer and surgery patients, accident and burn victims, newborns and mothers delivering babies, AIDS and sickle cell anemia patients, and many more.” Schedule a donation with the New York Blood Center or the American Red Cross
  • Help your elderly neighbors: reach out – drop off a hand written card under their door or call them. Offer to order groceries online for them or help call their pharmacy for prescription delivery. You could also walk them through technical issues over the phone. You can volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Click here for more information and to complete an interest form.

You will not only help people in need but you will also gain experience and show your creativity in times of need. These small actions can make a big difference.

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By Mariana Ayerbe
Mariana Ayerbe Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, Manhattan Campus Mariana Ayerbe