May 4, 2020
Join United Way Blackhawk Region on May 5 as we rally the entire community to say thank you to the essential workers who have tirelessly and bravely continued to do their jobs. Our effort is part of a global day of giving and unity called #GivingTuesdayNow.
Every year people come together on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement. As an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we are joining nonprofits and individuals around the world in a special #GivingTuesdayNow event. We will take action to collectively drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits when its needed most.
7 Ways to Say Thank You
There are many ways to say thank you, here’s just a few we put together. Choose one – or more – so frontline workers can know how much our community appreciates them!
1. Donate a meal
If you are thinking about donating a meal, be sure to coordinate with the location so the delivery can be made efficiently and safely. Many local businesses are delivering meals to support frontline workers. Remember meal donations can be a great way to thank hospital workers, as well as emergency management, first responders, police officers, firefighters and grocery clerks.
2. Make a sign for your window or front yard
Make someone’s commute or neighborhood walk brighter by posting a sign in your window or front yard telling frontline workers how much they mean to our community. This is a great project for kids!
3. Be kind
Essential workers who are keeping grocery, convenience and pharmacy stores open see large groups of people every day. When you must shop at one of these stores, be respectful of the people working there. Tell them thank you, wear a protective mask, keep a six feet distance from others and be kind to team members and other customers. These small acts can help folks feel appreciated and safer at their jobs.
4. Share a message on social media
As we all keep our physical distance, connecting online has become even more important. Using social media is a great way to thank frontline workers. You can tag people you know or send a general message using the hashtags #FrontlineLove, #FrontlineHeroes, #COVIDHeroes or #InThisTogether. On May 5, you can also share posts from our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn channels.
5. Leave items for delivery workers
Delivery workers are putting in long hours. Help them feel appreciated by leaving items such as tips, snacks or thank you notes.. Remember to sanitize the items you leave and have delivered, as best you can.
Show frontline workers you appreciate their work by helping them get the support they need. During this time of uncertainty and economic crisis, many people, including those still working, need a boost to make ends meet. Vital services like 211, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, and SNAP can provide relief for frontline workers – and others – in need. You can encourage your representative to increase funding for these services. Use this form to email your member of Congress.
7. Stay at home
The most important thing you can do to thank frontline workers is to stay home. When we all stay home, we limit the spread of COVID-19. So limit outings to essential trips, such as the grocery store, medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, and walking pets. When outside, use social distancing to stay at least six feet away from others.
Even though we are apart, we can still be United. Let’s show frontline workers that we are in this together!