Concerned by the food insecurity in her area, Software Designer and Doula, Tatiana Smith, set up a community fridge on her own doorstep in Jersey City. The colourful fridge is stocked by Smith, local businesses and its own patrons. She invites anyone to "take what you need, leave what you can". It’s just one of a number of similar grassroots initiatives helping communities across the US.
This group of over 100 students spent lockdown volunteering everywhere they could, bringing care packages to frontline workers, as well as support with research and childcare.
After a period of prolonged unemployment for a lot of people during the lockdown, this charity connects donors to those needing to pay their bills. Pandemic of Love has connected thousands to each other in the US as well as the UK.
Keenan Love has walked 46 miles to remember the life of George Floyd and try to heal the division in his Chicago community.
When his son showed symptoms for coronavirus, his family went into self-isolation. A mobile DJ by trade, this dad decided to start a radio station from home. Starting as a way to bring joy to the locals, the station has been listened to in lockdown around the world.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, this group has been manufacturing and donating PPE and care packages to key workers in the UK and abroad to ensure protection and reduce stress.
When lockdown was just kicking off, this lady sprung to action for the vulnerable people of her cul de sac. Heading to the shops for their basic supplies and essential prescriptions, the neighbourhood got to know each other like never before and keep each other afloat at the time.
We spoke to this doctor (and DJ) about how he wanted to lift the spirits of his fellow frontliners with live DJ sets on Instagram. As popularity grew, he also brought on fellow record spinners and performers to entertain during the pandemic.
A hotel near St. Mungo’s Hospital in London became the centre for homeless people to sleep, eat and try to re-establish themselves after the pandemic. We spoke to Laurie Charlesworth, who worked at the hotel, about her experience.
Time To Talk Befriending pairs the loneliest people in society with those looking to make new friends, of any age. Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, they are tackling the loneliness which was only exacerbated during the pandemic. We spoke to Claire about the benefits of reaching out to those around you, who may not have anyone else.