In light of the current global crisis, we’re sticking to helpful content and building up the gems we love around town. We’ve decided to swap out this month’s remaining Culture Guide round-up with helpful ways to stay safe and support each other during this hard time. While we’re sure cabin fever will soon set in after just a few weeks of self-quarantine and social distancing, there are creative ways to keep our economy (and our sanity) going as best as we can. Here are some crowd-sourced tips:

Research Financial Aid Initiatives

We know that there is not a single person who is not affected by this pandemic, and for us, the freelancers, part-timers, business owners, and all those whose livelihoods are based on a daily exchange are being catastrophically affected. For local businesses, make sure to check the Small Business Association’s loan program to see if something works for you. For those working in hospitality, particularly bartenders, the USBG National Charity Foundation is awarding grants to bartenders in emergency need of funds. If you’re lucky to be on the other side of the fence on this one, research how to donate to all of these platforms and other charities to help those in need. Peruse platforms like GoFundMe to see where you can help more.

Support Small Businesses

Social distancing is important now more than ever, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop supporting those businesses you frequent on the weekly. Miami New Times released a great round-up on how Miami restaurants are prepping during this time, many of which are moving to deliveries and pick-ups only, so the options are still high. Don’t want to take the chance? You can still buy gift cards from the restaurants and retailers you love so they can get the money now, and you can use at a later date. Eating House is releasing food kits where you can make your favorite dishes in the comfort of your own home. And when supermarkets are empty, pick-up or order delivery from local farmer’s markets and co-ops. Urban Oasis Project is building helpful lists.

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Make it All Work

Like many of us, we’re finding ways to adapt our work to new environments so first of all, making sure your service and wi-fi is in good shape for all those conference calls is essential. Comcast is providing an “internet essentials” package free for low-income customers for 60 days, find out more. Radical Partners has shared a helpful guide by 18F for best practices for making distributed teams work.

Get Creative

For those of us who have the luxury to use this time for creative purposes, there are plenty of projects and inspirational things you can get into that can still support our artistic community. If you’re looking to pick up a hobby or skill, why not do it through our local community? Plenty of local musicians and bands are live streaming shows and offering online classes for picking up an instrument. Been putting off designing a website or getting a brand strategy together? Research great local design agencies and use the extra time to have those long-winded brainstorms to help it all come to life. Have an interior design need? Commission a local artist for a painting or mural and use this time to chat about ideas together (but over the phone or computer, obviously). Are you an artist hurt by the current climate? Apply for this Performing Artist Emergency Grant. Finally, if you want to pick up reading and don’t have a library card, you can apply online and get an e-card, which allows you to check out plenty of e-books (and Kindle compatible reads) through helpful apps like Libby.

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Have any more you want to send our way? Email them to editorial@culturecrusaders.com so we can share as many of these resources as possible.

Cover photo by Stanford GSB.