Ways to help front line workers in Colorado
While many of us hunker down at home, front line workers at hospitals are working around the clock to battle COVID-19. Many communities across the country have been searching for ways to help front line workers and show their support. From people in New York City applauding hospital staff during the 7 p.m. shift change to closed restaurants donating meals, there have been many heartwarming stories of ways communities are expressing gratitude to medical workers.
Want to help front line workers near you and show your gratitude? Here are ways to help medical workers in Colorado:
Feed hospital employees
During this time of crisis, many hospital employees may not have the time plan and find meals during their shifts. Many fundraisers have been set up across the country to help feed the front line.
Here are ways to feed front line workers in Colorado:
- Send goodies to healthcare workers through a program by Jubilee Roasting Co. Treats include coffee, energy bars, muffins, and meals.
- Feed Denver area healthcare employees while supporting local restaurants.
- Contribute to Feed the Front Line in Boulder.
- Donate funds to Northern Colorado frontline healthcare workers.
- Feed medical workers in Colorado Springs through Meals to Heal.
Help frontline workers get protective gear
Medical facilities are running short of medical supplies, and many medical professionals are trying to find ways to stay protected. Masks and hospital gowns are some of the most wanted items right now.
Help protect front line workers in Colorado by:
- Contributing to the front line worker mask fund.
- Donate supplies such as bleach wipes, face masks, eye protection, and more through Project C.U.R.E.
- Know how to sew? Make gowns for medical staff at San Luis Valley Health.
With closed businesses and canceled blood drives, the blood supply across the country is facing a shortage, including in Colorado.
Here are ways to donate blood in Colorado (be sure to look at guidelines before you decide to donate blood to make sure it’s right for you):
- Schedule an appointment through Vitalant
- Donate blood through the Red Cross
- Donate blood at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
- Donate at blood at an S.C.L. Health facility (locations include the Front Range and Grand Junction).
Feeding front line workers also supports local small businesses and the communities they are in. Find out how Friday is supporting local businesses in Alamosa, Colorado during COVID-19.
One of the best ways to help front line workers is to stay home. Follow the Colorado stay-at-home order and social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you are not feeling well, stay home and self-isolate. If you need medical guidance, ask your doctor for a telehealth appointment. Friday members can also use Teladoc to speak with a doctor by phone or video 24/7 at no cost. Doctors can answer member’s questions about the coronavirus, evaluate their health risk, and support members to help relieve symptoms
Even if you may not feel sick or have symptoms, staying home will help prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed and protect these workers and their families.
Know of other ways to help front line workers in Colorado? Share your ideas below!
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