For some, pandemic hobbies have turned into new business ventures and ongoing charity efforts. One Bedford woman combined her love of baking and giving back to form “Batter that Matters,” an online bakery donating a portion of its proceeds to charity.
African safari operators hit hard by the pandemic are bringing the Serengeti to the sofa. Virtual safaris by conservancies such as Ol Pejeta are using the internet to provide a unique insight into some of the continent’s most endangered species.
After the pandemic hit, The Miracle Project – which helps people with autism and disabilities socialize and express creativity – moved their theater classes and workshops online. Now, they’re launching virtual classes nationwide to help people around the country!
Amidst the pandemic, three Arizona college students created the Facebook group COV-Tutors to offer virtual tutoring for K-12 students. In response to an overwhelming request for tutors, students from all over the country stepped up to offer their services.
Mid-pandemic, a Colorado teen set a world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube while on a pogo stick. Determined to help his community, he took his talents to the internet and fundraised for No Kid Hungry by teaching an online, donations-based Rubik’s Cube course.
Stuck inside during the pandemic, a 7-year-old boy from Brooklyn began to film himself while reading to his grandmother & posting it online. What began as story time with family quickly became a Facebook group called Bryan’s Book Corner with over 3,000 members.
A 55-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis always wanted to climb Mount Tyson in Australia. She shared her wish with a Facebook group that came together to make it happen.
When the pandemic stopped an Italian nonna from hosting guests at her pasta making Airbnb experience, she started livestreaming her classes. Now, Nonna is making ravioli, gnocchi, and more with hundreds of virtual students.
Healthcare professionals and essential workers continue to work during #COVID19 while billions of people are advised to stay home. People around the world are taking to their porches, balconies, and Twitter to show the workers their #solidarityat8.
After almost 70 years of teaching, an 89-year-old dance instructor had to get creative when the pandemic hit. Since she couldn’t teach in person, she started hosting virtual classes to help her students hone their dance skills from home.