Here are five things you can do to fight in the face of COVID-19:

  1. Donate to the United Way of Wells County COVID-19 Fund.  Your gift supports community resources that serve struggling families in Wells County. Workers are losing wages and tips due to event cancellations and business closures. Wells County residents who need help with rent/mortgage, utilities, or other pressing needs can get help thanks to your donation.  Click here to help.
  2. Direct people to 211. Wells County 211 is working on the front lines of the pandemic. Expert 211 specialists provide real-time information on social services and other resources to those in need. If you know someone who is struggling, or just looking for a source of reliable information, tell them to call 211.
  3. Spare something for the food pantries. As stores run out of bulk food and toilet paper, food pantries are struggling to fill their shelves, even as more people are coming in for help. Consider donating what you can spare, especially non-perishable food and toiletry items. You can get a list of local food pantries and their contact information by calling 211.
  4. Call your friends and family. Loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Even during isolation, modern technology allows us to stay connected. Checking in on friends and family is more than polite right now, it’s essential. And don’t forget elderly neighbors or others living alone.
  5. Take care of your mental health. If you’re stuck at home, keep busy with hobbies, try out arts and crafts, pick up an old musical instrument, organize family game nights, and step outside for fresh air and exercise. You can’t take care of others unless you take care of yourself.