11 episodes

A podcast about looking for the helpers during the pandemic. Taking a cue from Mr. Rogers, host Kelly Jones and her daughter, June, set out to find brave, creative problem solvers who are supporting their communities in the era of social distancing. Each week, they explore how people are helping and then sit down with experts who can answer our most pressing pandemic questions and give practical advice on how to become helpers ourselves. Visit vpm.org/helpers for more information on how you can help.

Social Distance Assistance VPM

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 45 Ratings

A podcast about looking for the helpers during the pandemic. Taking a cue from Mr. Rogers, host Kelly Jones and her daughter, June, set out to find brave, creative problem solvers who are supporting their communities in the era of social distancing. Each week, they explore how people are helping and then sit down with experts who can answer our most pressing pandemic questions and give practical advice on how to become helpers ourselves. Visit vpm.org/helpers for more information on how you can help.

    Redefining Home

    Redefining Home

    For the majority of Americans impacted by the coronavirus, the word home has come to mean something it didn't before, whether that's the office, classroom, daycare, therapist's office or all of the above. And, for the most part, we've adapted to this new concept of what homes are being used for. But what about people who aren't able to be at home, or don't have a home to go to?

    We focus on the people bringing the comforts of home to the people who need it most, whether it's a small group of community activists providing shelters for homeless people in San Francisco, a network of RV owners matching with healthcare workers in need of a safe shelter, or a formerly incarcerated person helping deliver specialized information to keep those in prisons and jails safe from COVID-19.

    • 48 min
    Art...Finds A Way

    Art...Finds A Way

    With most of the focus during the pandemic on finding a cure through science and medicine, it can be easy to question whether art is even necessary right now. But, the truth of the matter is, art - whether visual or performing - has a profound role in helping to tell the human stories that science can't, and introduces hope where it may not have been obvious.
    We speak with a theater director helping kids continue to have an outlet for their creativity, a Charlottesville photographer taking "porchraits" to reintroduce some conversation and capture life in the moment, an opera singer in Seattle belting out Nessun Dorma over a loudspeaker to his neighborhood, and a digital illustrator from Richmond who is using his medium to highlight the often forgotten people who have recovered from the coronavirus.
    Links & Resources:

    DMR Adventures (https://www.dmradventures.com/)

    C'ville Porch Portraits (cvilleporchportraits@gmail.com / https://www.instagram.com/cvilleporchraits/)

    A Drawing Table (https://www.instagram.com/adrawingtable/)

    • 38 min
    Youth in the Time of Coronavirus

    Youth in the Time of Coronavirus

    There's a lot of information out there about how the coronavirus is impacting adults, from their mental and physical health, to their financial well-being, to their ability to reestablish some sense of normalcy as stay-at-home restrictions begin to be eased around the country.
    But how is physical distancing affecting kids? How are they coming together to help - whether that's combating loneliness as an only child, facing the confusion with friends, or rebelling against their parents? Who are the helpers that are making a difference in the lives of children and the parents who are raising them?
    We found a pair of siblings bonding in unexpected ways, a librarian getting creative to reduce screen time, bus drivers delivering meals to underserved communities and even a radio station going way out of their comfort zone to make a high school rite of passage feel a little less bizarre.
    June also talked with some of her best friends to learn how they're feeling in the midst of all of this, and what they're planning to do when they can all get back together again.

    • 47 min
    Special Episode: Cultivating Resilience In Our Food System

    Special Episode: Cultivating Resilience In Our Food System

    The coronavirus pandemic has introduced massive disruption in America's food system, and has exposed how "big ag" isn't equipped to quickly pivot to prevent food insecurity issues for much of the population. In this extended episode, we look at the ways people are helping reconnect to community through food at every step in the process.
    We speak with individuals and organizations protecting and advocating for farm workers and meatpacking employees; independent farmers collaborating to fill gaps in the supply chain and selling directly to consumers; artisan producers finding creative ways to offset the surplus of crops and animal products; a chef shifting the focus of her restaurant to serve hospitals and homeless shelters; and a professor of sustainable food systems answering questions of ethics and equity related to food delivery, grocery shopping and the future of food in our country.
    Links & Resources


    Legal Aid Justice Center (justice4all.org)


    Venceremos (facebook.com/venceremosarkansas)


    Golden Organic Farm (facebook.com/GoldenOrganicFarmLLC)


    Rural Advancement Foundation International (rafiusa.org)


    Lively Run Dairy (livelyrun.com)


    Cosecha Cafe (facebook.com/cosechacafeoak)


    East Oakland Collective (eastoaklandcollective.com)


    The Essential Workers Project (bit.ly/essential-worker-ethics)

    • 54 min
    The Persistent Installation of Hope

    The Persistent Installation of Hope

    We're all in this together, but not in the way we've been able to with other tragedies. What does it mean to experience collective trauma from a distance, and how can we cope? We spoke with Deb Del Vecchio-Scully about her work as a counselor and trauma specialist working with frontline workers through this crisis, as well as simple, helpful techniques you can employ to improve your brain health. Visit https://www.coronavirusonlinetherapy.org/resources for online therapy sessions and a list of useful coping techniques.

    • 26 min
    Validate Your Mental State

    Validate Your Mental State

    Isolation can lead to anxiety and depressed thoughts, which means this crisis isn't only wreaking havoc on physical health - it's taking a toll on mental health as well. So, how can you cope? We tracked down helpers from around the world who are encouraging people to acknowledge these feelings and work together in creative ways to overcome them.
    Resources:


    crisistextline.org (or text HOME to 741741)

    validationstation.net

    soundcloud.com/emily-shaw-creates

    quarantinechat.com

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Shane Guiter ,

Fantastic Show

This podcast is made by a local public media company, but it isn’t just a great local podcast. This is a great podcast: full-stop! I love listening to this show. It is heart-felt, informative, clever, and rewarding. Well done!

Takingbets29 ,

Deep and adorable

A difficult combo but they manage to excel at it.

lcr4n ,

Can’t recommend this podcast enough

Listen to this podcast if you are hungry for beauty, love, meaning, entertainment, distraction, amazing humans. Love Kelly and June.

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