Every time I leave a Women’s Fund meeting I feel empowered, excited and ready to take action! It is so inspiring to be around such a devoted group of women. Thursday’s meeting we continued working on the topic of Isolation. We had an enormous amount of great ideas from all the women. At one point however we stopped and talked about how our community could take action. It seemed like a daunting task to jump into, and then the more we talked we found how easy it really was!
One member shared that it is as easy as going back to a simpler time, a time when we use to welcome new folks to our neighborhood with a plate of cookies or an invitation to a BBQ. A time when we checked on our elderly neighbors weekly to ensure their safety. In fact I learned today that years ago in Oshkosh elderly would open their blinds by 10 a.m. every morning so their neighbors knew they were safe. What a wonderful idea, what happened to those simpler times? Have we all become too busy or consumed with our own lives that we have forgotten to take a little bit of time to talk to our neighbors? It is sad to think that we have become to consumed with our jobs, families, and technology that we no longer take the time to get to know one another, or help those in our neighborhood or call a friend who is hurting just to say hello.
These exact things that we have been forgetting to do or become to busy to do are what have led to our campaign for Isolation. Our community has spoken and they feel isolated. So what can you do is what your thinking. I am here to give you a list of ten easy things you can do this week to help those who may feel isolated. If you have any other suggestions we would LOVE to hear them! Thanks for stopping and have a great day.
1. Bake some cookies for a neighbor
2. Check in with an elderly neighbor
3. Take a friend to lunch who may struggling
4. Help acquaint a new neighbor to the city
5. Call a friend or family member who may be lonely
6. Offer to babysit for a single mother
7. Volunteer some time at a nursing home
8. Check in with the youth in your life who may be going through a transition (we often forget that they need help too)
9. Stop and listen to those in your life, sometimes just a simple offering of ” I am here for you” can make the world of difference
10. Don’t forget about those who are grieving, they need continued support throughout their journey
By: Elizabeth Weigandt, Women’s Fund Volunteer