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Sense of Community

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Zeb is a new comer in the field of writing. Enthusiastic for writing about new topics. A student M.Phil. in Cultural Studies in NCA

A Sense of Community

Certainly, given the many challenges presented by covid-19 pandemic, a manifestation of solidarity through volunteering is promising. Other than collaborations on a large scale, there have been several endeavours established by some people working remotely in response to coronavirus outbreak.

There are a few volunteers I came across with. One of them, a female, named Syeda Ooje Fatima Rizvi, who has been making food for free for the COVID patients since the surge in positive cases been reported through media. She is spreading the word through her facebook profile to help and support in the cause. And luckily, she has been receiving a warm response since her first effort.

Umer Hussain, owner of Sweet Tooth, has got the opportunity of commendable efforts for the same purpose. By converting a few of his work places into stitching units, producing hundreds of kits for the front-line workers (doctors, paramedical staff etc) on cheapest rates. His efforts were acknowledged and put his weight behind other people to contribute in such time of crisis.

A number of vloggers and bloggers have been contributing in spreading the word, and not the virus. Half a million of online volunteers are now officially working from technical assistance to public awareness. They are using confinement and quarantine as an opportunity to support government and communities where help is most needed. With online fundraising for an awareness-raising campaign on COVID-19 resulted in the distribution of soaps and cloth face masks made at home and distributed for free.

What do they really get out of this effort? What might made them participate in this social cause? Volunteering during COVID-19 pandemic highlights that some people want to give back as media reports about the separation from family and loves ones. It can help individuals feel that they are doing something at the time of crisis, enabling them to cope with the sad accounts they hear every day on media. They are helping in anticipation that they might get assistance if they get the virus. Also a sense of solidarity can be developed by joining others for the common purpose.

Volunteering may help promoting well-being. Social working generates trust and let people feel more secure. By extending their network, it can make them feel a part of community that increases their social capital i.e. resources and contacts they can turn to for assistance in future.