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36 ways to be an AWESOME Highland’s neighbor during the Coronavirus

The Highlands neighborhood (and Louisville, and the World) is full of amazing people wanting to help each other. Here’s 36 ways (the list is growing!) you can help your neighbors right now:

  1. Support local business by shopping online. Many of your favorite shops have websites or Etsy pages. 
  2. Leave hand sanitizer and a thank you note on your porch for delivery drivers.
  3. Donate to the Coalition for the Homeless as they work to fight Coronavirus with some of the city’s most vulnerable individuals and families. 
  4. Share these free digital educational subscriptions with neighbors and parents with kids. 
  5. Drop off food donations and hand sanitizer at B.I.G.’s Giving Pantry (corner of Bardstown and Grinstead) for the homeless and food insecure in our area. Learn more about the Giving Pantry here.
  6. Sit on your porch swing and wave and smile at passersby. A smile goes a long way sometimes.
  7. Buy gift cards (online) from your favorite restaurants to get revenue in their pockets when they need it most. Here’s a local, growing list where you can buy them.
  8. Share this free lunch and dinner for kids map (JPS) with neighbors.
  9. Leave something for others at the supermarket. Do you really need to clear the shelf and grab four bottles of bleach right now? Leave some for your neighbor who may need it.
  10. Offer rent extensions to affected renters if you’re a landlord and have the means to do so.
  11. Wash your hands and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread.
  12. Donate to Dare to Care to help feed insecure families during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  13. Stay connected with your neighbors – call, text or chat online to stay connected (and talk about other things than the Coronavirus).
  14. Ask your Coronavirus vulnerable neighbors if they need food or supplies if you’re able to go shopping out at stores. Don’t know anyone but want to help? Call (502) 791-7930 or email at [email protected] to learn how you can help out elderly high-risk neighbors.
  15. Help local displaced college students by telling them about U-Haul offering 30 days of free self-storage to students displaced by schedule changes.
  16. Foster a local dog or cat in need. Contact Louisville Metro Animal Services or the Kentucky Humane Society. There are also tons of great local rescues out there that are ALWAYS looking for fosters to help save lives.
  17. Share these free home lesson plans from JPS for neighbor parents and caregivers.
  18. Let your neighbors over 60 years of age know they can get free frozen meals from Louisville Metro. To learn more about how you can get frozen meals, call 574-5050.
  19. Give blood. Healthy and no symptoms? Here’s a reason you might want to leave the house — Right now the American Red Cross is strongly encouraging healthy, eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets to avoid any potential shortages. See open Louisville blood donation locations here.
  20. Share this aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options for the artists in your neighborhood.
  21. Share disaster-assistance loan information with local businessesLearn more here and here
  22. Get fresh air and pick up trash on your street (with gloves and stay the recommended 6-feet away from others).
  23. Stick your head out your window and sing with your neighbors like the folks in Italy are doing (well, we’ll see how that goes here). Actually – a neighbor just mentioned they’re going to strike up a front-porch band soon to spread music and joy to the neighborhood!
  24. Leave Google, Facebook or Yelp reviews for your favorite businesses to give them an online boost and turn them on to future tourists.
  25. Order carryout/pick up from local restaurants. Many are offering curbside delivery. Check out this Facebook group for ideas.
  26. Great idea from Debra: Support and recognize a business a day by sharing why you love them with your friends and family.
  27. Great idea from Julie: I have friends who are servers and bartenders now out of work with no income. I’ve offered them Kroger gift cards so they can save their money for utilities, rent, medications, and other necessities.
  28. New deal from Bearno’s: Call your local Bearno’s and buy a gift card of $25 or more and they’re donating 25% of sales to their servers.
  29. Great idea from Mary Beth R.: Donate toilet paper and baby formula to the Highlands Food Pantry. Mon thru Fri 10am to noon. Call ahead for drive-thru drop off: 502/451-3695 x200
  30. Donate to the LEEIniative.org who is helping, along with Maker’s Mark, support restaurant workers that suddenly find themselves out of work by offering 2 to-go dinners per restaurant worker per night along with supplies. Tell your restaurant-working friends dinner pick up is 5-8:30pm at 621 West Magnolia Ave (open 7 nights a week unless otherwise notified). Need to show a paycheck stub or proof of restaurant employment. All donations received by LEE Initiative in March and April will go directly to the restaurant workers relief efforts.
  31. VOTE on which projects you want B.I.G. to tackle next to help improve Bardstown Road.
  32. Melissa had a great idea: Donate to aproninc.org to support local restaurant workers who have been impacted by closures!
  33. Thanks Kipp for the great info: Help your neighbor find a job: While a number of local businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, logistics companies are working hard to keep the supply chain rolling (food, medicine, supplies and even toilet paper). Did you know, UPS was just asked to help provide logistics support for the mobile testing sites across America? You can be part of something BIG. Both UPS and Amazon are hiring locally. Checkout http://www.jobs-ups.com for PT and FT opportunities.
  34. Break the boredom and support Carmichael’s Bookstore by buying books online or by calling them and you can pick up curbside or they’ll drop off at your door (for free throughout Louisville). (Their store will also remain open but they cancelled all events).
  35. Write positive messages on your sidewalk (thanks Strong Towns): 
  36. Hang holiday lights on the house to spread cheer!

What did we miss? Post your ideas in the comments below!

Sending virtual hugs to all our neighbors.


Meaghan’s a writer and marketing professional who lives in Louisville with her partner Thomas. Together they run Pinch Spice Market, an online organic spice shop. She’s also a founding member of B.I.G. (Bardstown Road Improvement Group), a local community group in Louisville, KY. In her spare time she enjoys reading, exploring local restaurants, going to the theatre, and hiking with her dogs.


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Meaghan's a writer and marketing professional who lives in Louisville with her partner Thomas. Together they run Pinch Spice Market, an online organic spice shop. She's also a founding member of B.I.G. (Bardstown Road Improvement Group), a local community group in Louisville, KY. In her spare time she enjoys reading, exploring local restaurants, going to the theatre, and hiking with her dogs.

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