OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Helpful Hand

A centralized way to find out how you can help local, national, or international efforts to flatten the curve and protect communities.

Photo of Neve Foresti
1 3

Written by

In the last few days, I've come across so many different online communities and websites that are bringing people together to work on a particular problem related to COVID-19. Online slack groups (e.g. Designers Group For Good), Facebook groups (e.g. Open Source Covid19 Medical Supplies), and this website OpenIDEO! Another resource that had a particular influence on me was my local Love Our Neighbors website for the Central Valley (in California). It compiles information related to preventative measures, where you can donate, and how you can volunteer.

I would like to see a more cumulative resource directory, which would make it much easier than following dozens of Facebook and slack groups. This centralized location would also make it much easier to find volunteers with specific skills (and vice versa, for someone interested in using their background to help!).

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

This resource really gave me a sense of hope and helped me realize that there are things I can do aside from just protecting myself. As I'm quarantined in my house, I want to know what I can individually do to help in whatever way possible. As my life has been entirely disrupted (like most people), I need a sense of purpose. Because containment of COVID-19 is so reliant on systemic issues and group-think, it feels that I to an extent have lost agency in this situation because of a central dilemma: how can I help others if the very solution to the COVID-19 is self-isolating from other people? As long as someone's situation is stable enough, giving direction for action can really help people deal with panic in a meaningful way.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

Facebook, text, whatsapp

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • NGO or Non-profit Organization
  • Word of Mouth
  • SMS Alerts
  • Employer

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

How can I help? I'm a design student on spring break who has just left my shut-down university. As I'm staying in my house for weeks on end, what can I do to help my community?

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

1) Homeless. 2) People who don't have access to wifi/technology. Students who previously relied on school resources (free/discounted food, library computers/wifi), which have now been closed down. 3) Rural areas

What is your current profession?

Student at UC San Diego of Cognitive Science, Visual Arts, and Sociology

In what city are you located?

Modesto, CA and San Diego, CA

In what country are you located?


1 comment

Join the conversation:

Photo of Isaac Jumba

Welcome to the challenge Neve Foresti ! Great to read through your inspiration. Be sure to check out other submissions by community members. It will be interesting to see how your design eveolves