We are smack in the middle of a pandemic the likes that most people have never seen in their lives! Dealing with it has been a step-by-step process, and it would seem every effort seems to count. Donating and mobilising funds for equipment, food, basic supplies, and monetary compensations seems to be the least we can do. Should you want to do more, in a way that’s safe, effective, and impactful, here are some other efforts you can contribute to.
Gift Cards To Hackathons: Get Actively Involved In Helping During The Pandemic
LBB Gift Cards & Vouchers
Shop Gift Cards & Vouchers from LBB to support your favorite local stores, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, brands & more. Partnering with several amazing local brands, we're selling gift card or voucher worth INR 100, INR 500, INR 1,000 and INR 2,000 that patrons can buy NOW, and redeem later. Of course, 100% of the proceeds go directly to the brands. So support your favourite brands, bar, salon or store by buying a voucher here. If you’re a brand or local business, sign up for vouchers here.
Since getting groceries and basic necessities is the biggest challenge at the moment, it would surely help if we knew which stores are still open. Covid Maps, a volunteer-led initiative by good Samaritans in Canada and India will help. Crowdsourcing knowledge of what’s currently open and functional, contribute to it if you know of a store nearby that is still open. You can even add notes, like “fresh stock daily”, “only three people allowed at a time”, as well as exact operational timings.
Coronathon For India
Need to exercise your tech skills in a way that counts? Join the Coronathon that plans to bring over 2,500 people from India’s India's tech, business and healthcare community to build interdisciplinary, tech founded projects to help minimise and mitigate COVID-19's impact on India. Once you show interest, based on your skills and bandwidth, you’ll be added to a slack group. Each week will be a new project that will be presented to an audience at the end of the week.
Hire Or Get Hired
Skillr, a skill-based recruitment platform, has created a hiring status tracker of Indian companies that are currently looking to hire. This means, not only can you as a company find resources, but if you’re looking to find work, then this is where you should look. There are already 450 companies with open positions, so if you are on the lookout, look here! And companies, this is also time to help those looking for a new start, so make sure you let these folks know if there are opportunities at your organisation by filling this form.
Join Restaurants To Feed Someone In Need
The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) in collaboration with the Government has started a programme to feed those in need. What we particularly love about this one is that you can contribute in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Restaurants in each of these cities, even if they are not functioning for commercial purposes, have turned into places to prepare food for those in need, and have taken up delivering the food where it’s most essential. A lot of these restaurants are also branching into their own good deeds, so make sure you check your restaurants for how you can directly help too.
Prints For India
Guannan Li, Samuel Beech, Sigga Marrow, and Verity Fitzgerald are four photographers who met at a workshop with British photographer Martin Parr and founded and curated this one-of-a-kind initiative. Prints For India will be a limited-time photographic print sale that features a collection of photographs taken in Indian by photographers, both renowned and emerging, from around the world. You'll find prints from artists such as Martin Parr, Vasantha Yogananthan, Paromita Chatterjee, Matilde Gattoni, and Soham Gupta. These photographs will be on sale until Friday, May 22 for INR 7,700 where the net funds will go to Goonj. The funds will be used to support daily wagers, migrant works and those affected by the pandemic.