Our greatest strengths are the bonds we have with our families, friends, neighbors, and community. Here are some resources to help you stay in touch and enjoy good company while sheltering in place.
- Right here in Berkeley we have The Berkeley Mutual Aid Network, which is a platform created to connect neighbors during this crisis. There are forms available on their website if you are a neighbor in need or are available to volunteer.
- Nextdoor is another great way to stay connected and get to know neighbors in your immediate area. This is a great way to see what neighbors are talking about and join the conversation. (Note: please do not rely on NextDoor for accurate information about COVID-19; visit the City of Berkeley, State and CDC websites).
- Though we have all grown accustomed to texts and emails, it's good to remember the extra value in receiving a good old fashioned phone call or, for an extra special treat, a letter in the mail. The Post Office is open and delivering! And don't forget to thank your mail carriers when you see them.
- You can also get a group of friends together on one phone call using the conference call technology available on iPhones and through other services such as Free Conference Call. Instructions for iPhone conferencing can be found here.
- Another great way to stay connected is by video chatting. Being able to speak face to face with friends and loved ones, even remotely, is a great way to feel less isolated. There are a number of free platforms such as Zoom, Skype, or Facetime for iPhone you can use.
- As always, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are a great way to stay up to date with friend's lives. Do make sure to always check the privacy settings when using these apps to make sure they match your preferences.
No matter what means you prefer, the most important thing is to reach out to neighbors, friends and loved ones during this difficult - and often lonely - time.
— Sophie Hahn
Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilmember