How To Assess Your Community's Needs
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people all over the country are being affected in ways we could never imagine. Children who receive most of their meals from school no longer have access. People aren’t able to work and cannot provide for their families. Shelters are losing volunteers. Some are feeling more lonely than ever. Knowing there are needs to be met and asking what they are will allow us to better serve our communities. While seeking to serve, keep in mind all precautions that have been set at this time for the sake of ourselves and each other.
Identify major needs and concerns of your city by asking “what has changed and how can I help?”
Education in your community changed. How can you support families? College students?
How is the economy in your community shifting? What can you do to help people who are unemployed?
What are the local shelters doing to serve the homeless and those living in poverty? How can you help?
Talk to nurses and doctors you know in your city to be aware of what the hospitals are experiencing. How can you help?
Discover how you can serve the vulnerable populations in your city. What are their needs at this time?
Many communities will have common vulnerabilities. Below are a few areas where you can begin researching needs:
- Need: Connection, Groceries, Other Supplies
- Call: Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, Parish Priest
- Need: Food, Volunteers, Donations
- Call: Family Shelters, Homeless Coalition, Red Cross, Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, Free Health Clinics
- Need: Food, Donations, Grocery Shopping, Transportation
- Call: Food Banks, Your Neighbors, Parish Priest, Friends and Family
- Need: Tutoring, Babysitting, Food
- Call: Parish Priest, Schools, YMCA, Community Centers, Food Banks
Tell us in one word...how are you today?
We are so excited to announce our Summer Outreach Initiative! In response to the beautiful people of our YES community who are seeking to find purpose and meet the needs of others who are struggling, we have decided to take a “road trip” and revisit some of our YES cities.
We are coming to these cities, in spirit.
Beginning on Monday, July 6th, we will highlight a city every week, up until Labor Day. All are invited to serve these organizations that we served during YES trips. There will be multiple, safe, needful ways for people in the city to provide for the needs of the organization, and we will also offer ways to serve from anywhere!
We appreciate you sharing the information with your communities, so that everyone is able to serve in their own ways on their own time. There is no specific day, project, or timeline. Our hope is to bring awareness and exposure to these cities, so that people can engage with the current needs and the beautiful ministry that is happening there.
We look forward to continuing to serve with you!
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Ways You Can Serve NOW!
Don't Hesitate To Share Love!
- Make a prayer list of the most vulnerable people in your life
- Reach out to friends and family in other cities who you haven’t seen in awhile, just to see how they are
- Offer to babysit for people who work from home
- Consider the needs of those who are currently out of work. Reach out to see if you can help
- Check on your neighbors. If you are going to the store, ask if you can get them anything
- Check in with your parish priest and see if there are any elderly or homebound parishioners that need assistance
- If you are home from College, offer to tutor children
- Organize an online bible study with your priest or youth director
- Write letters to nursing home residents who currently aren’t receiving visitors
- Call local homeless shelters to see what their needs are
- Contribute part of your grocery shopping to your local food bank
- Encourage people to make bags to meet specific needs of organizations in your city. They can be dropped off in one place and one volunteer can deliver them to the organization