The DEV community has the opportunity to maintain the status quo during the crisis. DEV can give us a sense of normalcy in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. A lot of us need that. While we adjust to this new reality, we need to consider our local community too. This may not seem evident in a time of panic buying, social distancing and self-quarantines, but community is everything right now.
While we are advised to refrain from congregating in large groups, to self-quarantine and practice social distancing, we can't forget about our local community. We can't afford to have the mindset: "let someone else take care of the less fortunate". Government will most likely fail to bail us out. We need to band together to make it through the pandemic.
I urge you to do whatever you can to help your local community. There are several things you can do. Approach a local non-profit or community organization and ask how you can be helpful. Don't assume you know.
I'm not advocating going out into your community without precaution. I'm not telling you to defy government mandates. Keep calm. Practice social distancing. Use every precaution you can. Most importantly, stay healthy. If you're sick, stay home. Self quarantine.
What happens when the people who are not prepared whatsoever have to self quarantine? What happens when all the restaurant workers living paycheck to paycheck have to go without pay? There are people in our communities who will need help and have no one to help them.
This crisis will test what we are made of. Let's not look back on this moment and remember the panic buying. Instead let's remember how we came together to help each other.
I just made a donation of canned goods to the local food pantry. Now I am taking some time to consider how else I can be helpful.
What are you doing to help your community?
How can we use our skills to help others in this crisis?