"I have not been able to get hand sanitizer or face masks," said Katherine Torres, a local real estate agent and the president of the Monterey Park Women's Club. "I'm pretty active and if I can't get them, it must be much harder for the women in their 60s, 70s and 80s. I drove down here to get some masks for them and I'll hand deliver them." … [Read more...] about Feature: Chinese American group teams up with U.S. city of Alhambra to help community amid COVID-19 pandemic
Why does volunteering help the community
Connecting to long-held traditions and finding community was one of the reasons 29-year-old Colin Mays joined a non-denominational Christian church when he moved three years ago to Colorado Springs. Singing hymns, receiving communion and reciting prayers that have been repeated for generations helped him feel more connected to humanity, he said. … [Read more...] about What does it mean to believe in a higher power during a pandemic? Coloradans share how their faith helps them cope.
“We're just so thankful to our customers for supporting this project, because it's really them that are the people who are giving. We're just kind of facilitating [the project] and we're so grateful to continue operating our business, even at this much smaller scale,” Crabbe said. “We're just so happy that we can still be making coffee, even if someone's buying it and we're delivering it to someone else — I don't care. I'm just happy to be making coffee, and the fact that I get to send coffee to the first responders, it's such a gift and I'm really stoked and I'm so thankful to our customers.” … [Read more...] about Bay Area restaurants and nonprofits are feeding hospital workers. Here’s how you can help
“I was about to get on my flight to Ethiopia and my Peace Corps director sent me an email in all caps saying, ‘DO NOT GET ON THE PLANE,’” he said. “I got no closure with my community, with any of my Peace Corps volunteer friends. I didn’t even get to pack anything.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Bay Area Peace Corps volunteers deal with ‘emotional trauma’ after global evacuations
"But, I am so impressed and so inspired to the extent that people are helping others, taking them parcels of food and guaranteeing that those who are by themselves should never actually feel alone and to know that they are part of a community and part of a caring society." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Chief rabbi says Passover in lockdown will be ‘challenging’