Taking Care of Yourself and the Community Amidst COVID-19

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We’re all doing our best to navigate these uncertain times. Many of us have varied and valid concerns ranging from physical and mental health, to financial security and access to essential resources. As we adjust to our temporary routines of working from home while caring for loved ones while maintaining a safe social distance from our friends and community, we must remember to take care of ourselves, too. This is not the “new normal” and we cannot pretend that we are conducting business as usual–we’re not, and that’s okay. By working together to flatten the curve, we will have to give up things we once took for granted liked dining out and even meeting colleagues for coffee. In doing so we will help protect those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, and the sooner we stop the spread, the sooner we will return to our normal daily lives. YWCA Princeton is still #OnAMission. We’re still here for you. Below are resources for you to receive help if you need it, and give help, where and if you can.

Local and State Resources

Princeton Resources -This website is a collaboration between Princeton Public Library, the Municipality of Princeton, and Princeton Public Schools. It contains daily updates from Mayor Lempert, resources for virtual arts performances, virtual spiritual services, tips to support local businesses, and information for temporarily unemployed individuals.

Request Support or Help a Neighbor in Crisis- Receive support or help vulnerable community members through the PCF  (Princeton Children’s Fund) Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund.

Center for Nonprofits – This website offers resources for nonprofit employers and employees with specific fundraising opportunities, best practices to flatten the curve, and the latest news from Governor Phil Murphy.

Undocumented Families Impacted by COVID-19 -The Betancourt Macias Foundation is providing emergency funds for undocumented families impacted by the coronavirus. Visit the website to apply or call their hotline (both are bilingual).

New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub – Get the latest, official updates from the State of New Jersey. This website also answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

Things to Do While Practicing Social Distancing

  • Take a virtual tour of a museum, from the Guggenheim in New York, to Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.
  • Read that book you’ve been meaning to crack open, or reread an old favorite.
  • Get some fresh air and take a walk around your neighborhood or local park–just remain 6 feet away from strangers to maintain social distancing.
  • If you miss the gym, search YouTube for free at-home exercise videos!
  • Don’t feel like you need to use this time to be constantly productive–take time to do nothing if you need to! Watch your favorite movie or TV show, or play video games for a bit if it helps you relax.

How to Support the Community and Local Businesses

  • Call a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker to check in. In times of uncertainty, it’s okay if you don’t have answers–listening is enough.
  • Support local businesses and restaurants that are open for delivery and take-out, or purchase gift cards to coffee shops and bakeries you would otherwise visit. Give them to loved ones as gifts, or hold onto them to treat yourself later!
  • Show your support of local nonprofits however you can. Whether you’re donating goods, funds, time, or talent. Sharing social media pages and leaving a positive review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp can make a difference!
    • If you are in a position to and are able, consider making a contribution to YWCA Princeton. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, we are dependent upon the generosity of communities we serve. These are unprecedented times and the suspension of our operations will impact our ability to serve children, women, and families in the future.

Again, we’re still #OnAMission. Follow along on social media and sign up for our weekly newsletter by visiting our homepage or texting YWCAPRINCETON to 228-28.