17 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
    • 4.5 • 52 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.

    Meet the Mask Makers

    Meet the Mask Makers

    Why are so many people trying their hands at sewing homemade masks? Making a mask not only helps the wearers feel safe, it helps the maker feel useful and part of a movement. We speak with members of an Atlanta-based volunteer group that’s been able to deliver more than 13,000 masks to their local hospital system, hear why a long-time sewist only started making masks in the past week, and even make a couple masks ourselves. Visit vpm.org/helpers for more information. Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 24 min
    Unmasked: Your Questions About Face Coverings

    Unmasked: Your Questions About Face Coverings

    How do you effectively make, wear and take care of a mask? What materials should you use? Should kids be wearing masks? Is it safe to ride a bike or walk your dog without one? How will our society treat mask wearers when we're allowed to be near each other again? We explore these questions and more with Dr. Lindsey Neal, a Charlottesville-based physician. Visit vpm.org/helpers for more information.

    • 24 min
    Keeping the Faith

    Keeping the Faith

    How are people continuing to worship and practice their respective religions without coming into contact with each other? While many faith leaders have taken to the digital realm to connect with their communities, some are finding more unexpected ways of gathering, particularly for major holidays. We listen in on an Easter service at a drive-in theater, head to a cemetery for a self-serve Catholic mass, and hear from a tattooed rabbi about how he got creative to modify the traditional Passover Seder to maintain human connection with his congregation.

    • 27 min
    Being Present Without Being There

    Being Present Without Being There

    It's easy to question your faith or lose hope in times of crisis. So, how can you calm yourself and help others at the same time? Kelly interviews married Buddhist couple Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care (zencare.org) to learn how they are training doctors and faith leaders on the front lines to practice active listening and other "contemplative care" techniques anyone can follow to find peace in difficult moments and prepare yourself for the next challenge.

    • 25 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
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

a -ok ,

Love it!!

Sooo awsome

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.

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