Times like these can seem a bit scary. Being told that the best thing to do is stay home can make you feel isolated, lonely, helpless. We’re all facing this together, and we wanted to bring some light to what can seem like darker times. We want to spotlight some amazing females who have been leading great efforts to contribute to COVID-19 prevention and aid as much as possible. (After all, who runs the world? Girls!)
Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett is the scientific lead for a coronavirus team based in Seattle, working to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. She has already started running the first human trials of the vaccine.
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, the CEO of Feeding America, has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund. This fund is being used to distribute food boxes to the most vulnerable areas of the country, assisting those whose income may have been affected by COVID-19.
Nicole Lynn Lewis founded Generation Hope, an organization that partners teenagers and college students with adult mentors to assist them through personal and financial issues, as well as providing them with an emergency fund to assist them through various crisis situations. They are continuing their services and transferring physical meetings to virtual meetings.
ActionAid is tackling the prevailing issue of gender inequalities and violence against women and girls. Disease outbreaks can often worsen these issues, so the organization is taking a women-led approach, allowing female citizens to help their communities.
Even on a smaller scale, we’re seeing females be boss ladies by helping their communities as much as possible.
In Colorado, Cincerri Fleetwood, a retired registered nurse, came up with a plan to assist those who might be at a greater risk of COVID-19 and are unable to easily go to the grocery store. She has coordinated 36 volunteers to pick up groceries for those in neighboring communities.
Similarly, Michelle Paslay has assembled a group of volunteers to deliver food and supplies to seniors in Salem. They have also started to help these seniors get to their doctors appointments.
Dedra Lewis was asked many questions about the pandemic by children. To easily explain the current global situation, she created a children’s book for them to read.
Even the smallest actions can have a big impact. Print out the image below to help the people in your own community 💞