Social distancing doesn’t have to mean socially disconnecting. Educators, families and students around the world are using the medium of online meeting platforms to connect, share and learn about each other's lives, cultures and desires. One needs access to the internet and computer or phone to join the virtual calls or to share your letter for the elderly! However, no one can stop you from doing these locally!
Love for the Elderly
We're a nonprofit that helps the elderly. When we founded Love for the Elderly in 2013, we were determined to combat social isolation with love... through delivering handwritten letters and making visits to senior facilities, and sharing the stories of our elders.
This work just became much more difficult.
With COVID-19 having reached pandemic levels and our elders being one of the most vulnerable to the disease, many states have ordered lockdowns or issued shelter-in-place guidelines. Social distancing has led older adults living in long term care facilities to be isolated from their loved ones.
Isolation creates feelings of loneliness, which can lead to poorer physical health and quality of life. You can do your part today to embrace our elders during these scary, uncertain times.
We’re asking for kind, handwritten letters to mail to senior facilities. Take 5 minutes and write a letter of love to a stranger.
Link Online Learners
We are a community of international educators, many linked through the Finnish non-profit HundrED.org. Shortly after the corona breakout we got together to discuss what we could do as a global educator community.
- We want to both combat the sense of isolation that we expect will kick in.
- We want to start global conversations among young people and build new friendships online.
- And we want to spice up the daily school life with new real-life experiences.
- As the world is shutting down, we want to open it up for young people!
We decided to launch Link Online Learners.
Link Online Learners is an invitation to students across the Globe to meet up regularly on Zoom to share and experience the world through each other's eyes, building a community of global citizens. We already have Vietnam, Finland, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, Britain, and Denmark online in this initiative.