Ways to Help During Covid-19

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Looking to volunteer in this time of need? Here are a few ways. 

In a crisis like this, it’s heartening to see so many people pulling together to help those in need and support one another.  While our first concern is to follow recommendations by our government leaders and health professionals, we know that Catholic United members are here to help.  That’s why we’ve compiled this list of ways you can get involved.

As Saint Teresa of Calcutta has said, “Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”

We encourage you to get creative and share your ideas with us as we work together to support those in need.  Please let us know if your team takes advantage of any of the opportunities below or has any new opportunities to share. We would love to highlight them in our next regularly scheduled April Join M.E. newsletter.

Introducing the Catholic United Prayer Network!  

During this time of social distancing, we are challenged with how to continue building community.  As Catholics, we believe in the power of prayer. Not only to raise to the heavens the needs of our neighbors, friends and enemies, but also to draw us together as the Body of Christ.

That’s why we are launching a new prayer network.  One of the best ways we can build community is by praying together, so I’m inviting you to join us in a weekly prayer for the intentions of our members and friends.

Anyone can submit prayer requests below. If you would like to join our prayer network, click the button below to let us know.  We will include you in a weekly call to prayer via email where we’ll list the intentions of our members and walk you through a short prayer.  

Phone a Friend or Relative

While we can not go visit our loved ones, we can still hear their voice over the phone or see their face virtually. Reach out to elderly neighbors who might not have others checking on them and see if there is something they need that you could drop off.

Sew/Donate Face Masks

Allina Health is calling on community members and businesses for donations of protective face masks. Additional masks are needed to help meet ongoing health care needs and conserve existing personal protective equipment (PPE) for providers who are engaged in the coronavirus response. They also welcome notes of gratitude and encouragement for staff that will be shared in a safe manner with them. Click below for more details. Feel free to check with your local hospital’s need for masks as well. 

Donate Blood

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.

Work on your own leadership skills

Revive Parishes is an online learning tool for parish leaders.  While much of the content is geared for parish staff, as Catholic United volunteers, many of the insights and messages are relevant to you as well.  They are currently offering 3 months free, in hopes that the courses will bolster your hearts, minds, and souls in this challenging time.  Feel free to also share with your parish priest so that they and the rest of the parish staff may benefit from this as well.