Hi, Ashley Warren here — Hughes Private Capital’s content strategist. 

During this crazy time, our team has been doing a lot of research to figure out how we can best help our community that may be struggling under the uncertainty of the upcoming weeks (you can check out our list of ways to help here).  During our searching, we were glad to find so many stories about people coming together to help out their neighbors and communities.   To help us all remain positive and grateful during the coronavirus pandemic, we compiled some heart-warming stories of people going above and beyond.  When times are hard, it’s always heartening to see folks rally together to help one another.  We hope you enjoy these stories and are inspired to do something kind for those around you and the ones you love!

Reno’s local coworking space is hosting a “hackathon” to make much needed medical supplies

The Reno Collective, a shared workplace for entrepreneurs and independent contractors, is hosting a “hackathon” to quickly design and make masks and medical supplies for the local hospitals.  The Collective’s community is comprised of lots of smart folks, including programmers, mathematicians, and scientists, who often participate in competitions and collaborations to solve both local and global issues.  They’re already prototyping these medical supplies using 3D printers while further researching safe ways to manufacture them.

The Reno Collective is a space where Reno entrepreneurs and techies congregate and work. They’re compiling their collective brainpower to help out during the pandemic.

Friends and family put on a parade birthday party for a 5-year-old girl

5-year-old Olivia Grace Williamson enjoyed a parade in her honor for her 5th birthday.

A girl from Illinois named Olivia Grace Williamson turned 5 years old this past weekend and was sad she wouldn’t get to celebrate with her friends and family.  Olivia Grace’s mother, Jennifer, recruited their friends and family to put on a parade for Olivia Grace.  As a result, more than 64 people decorated their cars in Olivia Grace’s honor and drove past the house for her to see.  Olivia Grace and her family got a kick out of the festivities.

Kids are putting rainbow art in windows to cheer up their neighborhoods

You might see sweet hand-drawn rainbows popping up around your neighborhoods soon.  No one is exactly sure where the “rainbow trail” began, but kids around the world are participating.

To bring joy to all of those stuck at home during the pandemic, children around the world are painting or seeking out paper rainbows to hang in the windows of their homes.  You can check out the Rainbow Connection Map to see where kids are putting these rainbows. You’ll be surprised to see just how many there are!

Museums and art institutions around the world are hosting free online exhibits

If you’re missing your dose of culture and art, some of the world’s greatest institutions ― including the Louvre, Smithsonian, and the Met Opera ― are hosting free online shows and exhibits.  The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s jelly fish livestreams are a nice antidote to the anxiety so many of us are experiencing as everything changes.  You can check out a list of these digital exhibit offers here

The mesmerizing jelly fish are just one of many animals on display via the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s live streams.

Seattleites collaborate to keep local businesses afloat

Seattle was the first city in the United States to feel the impact of COVID-19 firsthand and have been on a city-wide lockdown for several days longer than the rest of the country.  A group of Seattleites has created an organization called All In Seattle, which is raising money to keep local businesses funded during the crisis.  People can donate to different sectors to alleviate the burden of business owners and employees hit hard by the economic side effects of the pandemic.  The project launched on March 23rd and had already raised more than $27 million dollars at time of launch.  Check it out at https://allinseattle.org/.  I’m sure we’ll see more efforts like this pop up in cities around the country soon.

A company founder sent her employees groceries to keep their pantries stocked

Many families didn’t have much time to prepare for social distancing.  Jennelle McGrath, the founder of a digital agency called Market Veep, sent her team groceries and care packages to help stock their fridges and give them some peace of mind for the coming weeks.

Jennelle McGrath and her close-knit team at Market Veep are rallying together to ensure that none of their team members go hungry during the pandemic lock-down.

A Missouri-based organization funded thousands of meals for children

Una, an organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, donated more than $10,000 to local non-profits that help children, including the Boys and Girls Club of Kansas City.  This charitable effort funds thousands of meals for children who relied on getting meals at their schools. 

The best part about this good news?  There’s a lot more where that came from!  Good things are happening every day.  Things are undoubtedly hard right now, but there is still some light in the darkness.  We hope you’re staying happy and healthy!

Ashley Warren is Hughes Private Capital’s content strategist.  She enjoys reading, writing, playing board games, gardening, and hanging out with her husband, Andrew, and their cat, Sofie.