Many people in our community have been doing it tough these past couple of months. But there are easy ways you can help, and that includes getting involved with the work SECC is doing. Sophia Morris shares five tips for giving back in a time of crisis.
1. Write a letter.
Participate in the SECC Pen Pal Project and write a letter or card to a senior in the community. Senior citizens who live alone may be feeling isolated at this time, but a friendly card or letter from you or your family could brighten their day. More details can be found here.
2. Donate to a foodbank.
Foodbanks have seen increased demand as people have lost their jobs or had their hours reduced. People on temporary visas, such as international students, are not eligible for government payments and many are struggling. The Addison Road Food Pantry in Marrickville is one organisation providing food to those in need, and offering low-cost food for purchase. SECC is also collecting non-perishable groceries to give to local residents who are unable to shop for themselves. Details here.
3. Check in on your neighbours.
If you have older neighbours, leave them a note with your number so they can text or call if they need help with shopping or anything else.
4. Support healthcare workers.
Why not donate to the Shout a Meal fundraiser? The money raised allows hard-working hospital workers to have a meal cooked by Sydney chefs.
5. Help out music industry workers.
With concerts and events cancelled for the foreseeable future, many workers in the industry are struggling. This fundraiser aims to help.