I wrote a letter to the Community Outreach contact for Ward 2 in DC on the topic of ocean acidification and how/why it effects us.
Today I went out and got groceries for my grandmother who is at greater risk during this pandemic.
I am making 3 brochures for City Center Nova that covers essential information for potential members. The brochure covers a LOT of information, and is visually appealing to all people. I will also be helping my peers in some other tasks in including: writing biographies on our class, important figures in the autism community etc. I look forward to finishing these projects!
Shared ideas about exercising and staying motivated to exercise with my class.
Today was my last day volunteering at Crossroads as I was informed that the government will be closing the doors of St. Bart's Church because health risks were getting too serious. While I am excited about not having to wake up at 5:30 in the morning, I can't help but feel terrible for all the homeless who relied on Crossroads for food. For today's meal we served rice with chicken and salad.
I gave blood at the Red Cross today to help with the COVID 19 Response
Today I went to 3 apartments to deliver groceries. I knew all three of the people from my past deliveries, so I had short talks with all of them. We talked mostly about the difficulties of the crisis and the mainstream media. People are worried that the Ramadan religious holiday is coming up and COVID’s going to interfere with the usual method of things. It’s difficult to fast the whole day under stress and boredom, so some people think of not fasting this time. Everybody is worried about shopping for big family gatherings, they believe that after the curfew is over, there will be a great rush to the supermarkets for Ramadan shopping. One elderly man was upset that they wouldn’t be able to have their traditional family gathering because a part of the family lived in another city and could find no means of transportation due to the virus. This year there won’t be large public Ramadan dinners, which is upsetting for many people. Those dinners were not only a form of religious practice but also an entertaining activity for many elderly people who didn’t have many other socializing opportunities. He also complained that people older than 65 had been at home for too long, which makes sense since the curfew was first placed for the elderly due to them being more vulnerable to the virus, they have been unable to leave their homes for a month now. He said it was elderly people’s turn to go outside now and that everyone else should stay in. He had a point, I couldn’t imagine what it was like to be alone in your house and not go outside for a month.
I dropped off medicine from CVS, to my grandparent's house.
I read and provided positive feedback on poems!
I read and provided positive feed back on poetry of incarcerated individuals.
After being approved by Prof. Weiner, this was a training call for my volunteer internship at Good Goes Viral! It is a nonprofit that was just founded at the beginning of April, and is an aggregator for the world's leading solutions to the Coronavirus pandemic. We have a U.S. branch (where I'm based), a European Union branch, and an Asia branch. This Google Hangout was with our supervisor, Przemek Czerklewicz, and the two other members of the U.S. team who serve as social innovators. This call went over our entire business model and our approach to problem solving as an organization— particularly how to contact these big names in healthcare and other industries impacted by the virus. Even though we're all based in the U.S., the three of us were still in different time zones. I'm on the East Coast, one was in Michigan, another in Tennessee, and another in Arizona. I've found that communication is harder with this group vs. when it was just social media managers, probably because their educational background is more focused on the business/entrepreneurial side of things. Of course, there were some moments where nonverbal codes of communication were difficult to interpret, especially when the computer would lag. It was also weird introducing ourselves, I could tell that everyone was uncomfortable, even virtually. I could see through the webcam that people were avoiding looking at the screen or camera, fidgeting with their hair, and other nonverbal cues of discomfort.
I have been tutoring a fourth-grade student from a Boston public school virtually. We mostly work on math problems and concepts.