Building Community From a Distance
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When preparing blog posts, I like to be a little ahead of the game. This way if I have a busy week, I know that I am all prepped and ready to go. As I looked through what I had prepared for this spring, I noticed an underlying theme to my writing. Much of it has to do with building community. My posts were about getting to know your neighbour and building community. I couldn’t have imagined that in the matter of a week, give or take, we would be in a new space where social distancing was the new ‘norm,’ and building community would look so different.

So here we are in a time in history where being close to another person carries some risk. While this is a lot to take in and believe me I go from feeling over-cautious to underprepared in a matter of minutes, now even more than before we need community.

Building Community from a Distance:

As we have seen, the landscape changes rapidly in regards to this virus. The following suggestions are just that – suggestions, and they are based on best practice at the moment.

  • Set up video chat times with family and friends. Spread them out throughout the week, so that you can have the opportunity to look forward to connecting. A few days ago, I spent some time video chatting with my nephews on the phone. We ended up playing an impromptu game of hide and seek while they were looking for Grandma who lives with us.
  • While I typically try to avoid spending too much time on social media, I have appreciated it more than ever. In our local community, there have been days assigned to looking for different pictures/drawings/painted rocks and such while people are on walks in their neighbourhoods. At this point, walking in your neighbourhood is still permitted, but remember to keep your distance.
  • Try to keep tabs on your neighbours who are seniors, immune-compromised, parents at home with small children. Send them a text or message them to see if you can help them out by picking up a grocery store order or dropping off a meal for porch pick up. By the way, I am new to this online grocery shopping thing, but so far so good. Having the ability to pick up my order without entering a grocery store is a big plus in my books right now.

I am not going to lie, some days are going to be tough…and likely already have been. The thing is though that we are all in this together. Let’s lookout for one another and take care of one another as best we can. What are some other ways to build community from a distance? Please share below!