I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can do to help in the current crisis. I’m not serving in a parish these days, and I’m not going out anywhere for the safety of my family and for myself as an older person, so in-person volunteering is out. I don’t want to spread the virus to anyone, especially the people I love, and I don’t want to add to the patient load.
That part isn’t so hard for now. I have everything I need, even if it isn’t all that I want for my life at this point. But I want to do more than sit and wait for this to be over.
So I’ve made some donations: I went on Amazon and ordered some food to be delivered to an Episcopal school that provides a range of services to its Philadelphia neighborhood, even now. I/we made some other contributions to good organizations that are struggling. I let the gym take one month’s dues to keep paying their employees while the gym is closed, but after that I’ll suspend my membership because I don’t know when I’ll feel comfortable going back.
I know that’s just throwing money at the problem but sometimes money helps, and this is what I can do right now. I think the operative guideline at this point is to do what you can.Continue reading