Want to do something good during your coronavirus quarantine? Do mutual aid

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People in cities around the country are setting up ad hoc groups of the young, healthy, and not at risk to help bring food and services to people who shouldn’t be in public at all. While people line up outside grocery stores to stock their kitchens for the coronavirus crisis—sometimes waiting for hours—some are shopping not for themselves, but as volunteers for elderly or immunocompromised neighbors. A network of dozens of mutual aid groups has sprung up across the country, many using Google spreadsheets to track volunteers and people in need of food or medicine. Read Full Story

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Shop these 30 brands to support COVID-19 relief

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From dog food to sneakers to skincare to groceries, shop these brands to support coronavirus relief efforts. As we continue weathering the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of brands stepping up to donate and provide aid to the communities who need it the most. So if you’re planning on doing any online shopping anytime soon, buying with these brands puts your spending power to a great cause. Here are 32 of our favorite brands that are giving back. Read Full Story

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Why we should stop listening to undecided voters

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Most of us are perplexed by them. The media is obsessed with them. What do we gain by dwelling on uninformed opinions so close to a critical election? There is a group of people in America, a very small group, who are likely the least informed, yet are receiving more attention from the media than any other group of people in the country right now. They are the undecided voter. And our obsession with them is a dangerous distraction during a critical time. Read Full Story

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How to prepare your home, your workplace, and yourself for a pandemic

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Stock up on food, work from home, and make it clear workers who are sick will be supported—not fired. Roughly a month after China launched the largest quarantine in human history, with more than 700 million people under full or partial lockdown as of last week, in an attempt at containment of the new coronavirus, the virus is now quickly spreading in other countries, including South Korea and Italy. On Tuesday, federal officials in the U.S. said that it’s not a matter of if the coronavirus will begin to spread in American communities, but when. San Francisco declared a state of emergency . No one knows, yet, how bad it might get. But here’s what individuals and companies can do to prepare. Read Full Story

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Meet the dedicated senior citizens behind the only volunteer-run post office in the U.S.

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The chairman of the only volunteer-run post office in America tells us how the coronavirus and mail delays are challenging the 2020 election. Last month, in the midst of an apparent postal service crisis , pop diva Cher tweeted to her 3.8 million Twitter followers: “Can ppl volunteer at post office!?” followed by the more emphatic: “NO, IM NO KIDDING…COULD I VOLUNTEER AT MY POST OFFICE!?” An hour later, she reported that she’d called to ask two post offices in Malibu—”Hi This is Cher Do U Accept volunteers”—to which they told her: “no.” Read Full Story

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Help Your Community from Six Feet Away: Non-Marketing Tips from Mozzers

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Posted by morgan.mcmurray For the last few weeks, you’ve probably experienced an influx of emails from companies detailing how COVID-19 is affecting them and thus you, their customer. It's... a lot, isn't it? So today, we want to take a departure from the world of "how this affects us" and focus instead on actionable things we can all do to make things brighter for ourselves and our communities. This won't be your regularly scheduled programming — we won't be discussing SEO or marketing. Instead, we're sharing ideas and advice from the folks at Moz who've been finding ways to be helpers as we all navigate this new normal. Donate and shop For those who have steady income during this time of economic uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses and charitable organizations. Many employers, Moz included, offer charitable donation matching to make use of as well. Food …

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This grocery startup is placing fully stocked fridges of free food around the Bay Area

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Cheetah usually gives its expiring food to food banks, but its been inspired by mutual aid projects in New York to also start delivering groceries to a network of street fridges that anyone in need can take advantage of. On a section of Kammerer Avenue in San Jose, California, you’ll find a white refrigerator, adorned with paintings of garlic and carrots by local street artists, sitting right on the sidewalk. Inside, you might find gallons of juice, cartons of eggs, loaves of bread and a drawer full of vegetables all for the taking, at no cost. The fridge was set up by Cheetah, a wholesale grocery delivery startup, as a way to reduce the company’s food waste and give that food directly to Bay Area residents in need. Read Full Story

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How big a factor should racial equity be in deciding how to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine?

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Minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Should they be prioritized when we’re distributing the vaccine? As Oxford University’s vaccine entered its final trial phase, and experts noted that the vaccine could appear before the end of the year, the chair of the U.K.’s COVID-19 task force, Kate Bingham, appeared on a national morning show last week to announce preliminary recommendations from the country’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. She announced that the independent group had recommended to the government to prioritize four groups for a vaccine: people over 50, people with additional health conditions, front-line workers—and ethnic minorities. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 unemployment fail: State labor departments hobbled by 1970s tech

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The coronavirus crisis has reinforced that the United States gets an “F” in disaster preparedness. The coronavirus crisis has reinforced that the United States gets an “F” in disaster preparedness. Our great country’s vital systems are crumbling under pressure: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s test kit fiasco cut the legs out from under our healthcare system, and the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’s harried small business loan program is floundering as banks scramble to meet demand. Read Full Story

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