The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way that we interact within our communities. If you’ve recently relocated to the Baltimore area, or are planning to relocate, then you’ve likely wondered how you can get to know the neighbors and residents of your new town. In a time when we’re being asked to physically distance ourselves from others, getting to know the locals can seem even more difficult. Here are some ideas to help you feel comfortable in your new community, even in the middle of a pandemic:
Find Ways to Volunteer
One of the best, and most rewarding ways to get involved with your new community right now is to find ways to safely volunteer. Think about your passions and how you could be of service during the pandemic. Are you an animal lover? Try calling the local animal shelter to see if you can help care for pets during this challenging time. Are you able to sew? Make masks for people in the community who might need them. In Baltimore, you can distribute food to homeless individuals or sign up for other volunteering events of interest.
There are many organizations in Maryland still in need of volunteers. The team at the Volunteer Center of Howard County is currently furloughed, but you can still view their partner organizations who are seeking volunteers. Find an organization that interests you and see if you can assist them. Your help will be especially appreciated during these trying times.
Attend Local Events
When we aren’t in the middle of a pandemic, attending a local event or festival is a great way to experience the joy of your new community. Maryland cities usually host numerous events, including everything from Food Truck Week to the Maryland Film Festival. Luckily, thanks to the Internet, you can still enjoy local events and activities virtually. Howard County regularly updates an online calendar of events that includes a variety of digital activities. Join a discussion at the Howard County Public Library System or pop in for a digital poetry night.
Join a Fitness Community
Exercising in person may not feel safe for you right now, but just as there are plenty of digital opportunities to experience the community, there are also plenty of options for virtual fitness. Attending a virtual yoga class or exercise session is a terrific way to meet others and support the fitness centers available in your town.
Get to Know the Local Churches
If you’d like to join a church, viewing livestreams of local services will help you get to know the different houses of worship in your community. Some churches in the Baltimore area are currently holding limited in-person services, while others are still livestreaming. Whichever you prefer, many people find that joining a church provides a wonderful sense of community.
Explore Local Restaurants
Restaurants are social places, and while large gatherings feel a long way off right now, you’ll be supporting a local business when you order takeout or curbside from area restaurants. Plus, you’ll know all the best eats when everyone can finally, safely gather in person again.
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