How to Help Nurses in Your Community

How to Help Nurses in Your Community

Nurses, doctors, and health care professionals are our frontline heroes in the fight against coronavirus. With almost 4 times as many nurses as physicians in the U.S. (3.8 million vs 1.1 million, respectively), nurses are the largest segment of providers seeing, treating, comforting and providing ongoing care for the patients that are and will continue coming into hospitals and clinics.

Nurses know they will be hit hard, yet they are stepping up heroically in the face of incredibly long hours, heartbreaking care cases and increased personal risk. So, it’s time for the rest of us to step up and support them by doing our part to keep our healthcare workforce strong, healthy and resilient, we can help turn the tide on the crisis.

Here’s how you can help nurses in your community.

Stay Home

Across the country, various forms of shelter-in-place and social distancing orders have gone into effect. The basic idea is that by limiting exposure to others, we can significantly limit the spread of coronavirus infections. That will help us “flatten the curve” and prevent our hospitals from getting swamped beyond capacity. What you do matters. Stay updated on your city’s instructions by visiting its website, TV channel or social media channels.

Donate Supplies

Many facilities are in need of gloves, goggles, N95 masks, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, gowns, and other PPE. Look through your closets and garage and see if you’ve got extras (new and unused) you can donate. Check your local news pages, public health agencies or health care provider’s social media pages for specific needs and drop off instructions. Some are even asking crafters to sew masks!

Follow the Care Protocol

If you feel you might be sick, contact your doctor or advice nurse about your symptoms, then follow their instructions. Given the pressure on the health system, they are working hard to provide high-quality, personalized care to their insureds via telehealth, while also ensuring that high-risk and vulnerable patients have access to emergency and hospital services. And if you haven’t done so already, cancel or postpone any elective or routine care appointments.

Be a Good Neighbor

Many of us know nurses and health care workers personally. Whether they’re in your family, friend circle or neighborhood, make a point to reach out (virtually) and check-in. See if there’s anything you can do for them or their families. This could be something like picking up groceries, walking their dog or picking up their takeout. They are and will continue to be overwhelmed—physically, mentally and emotionally. Let them know you’re there for them.

As nurses and other healthcare professionals treat more and more patients, their risk of infection increases. That’s a real danger—both to their own personal health and to the number of providers that will be available to take care of patients in the months ahead.

Never in our modern lives have our personal choices made such an impact on the health of our greater community, that is why it is so important that you help do what you can today.


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Superheroes Fighting on the Front Lines

Superheroes Fighting on the Front Lines

As much of the U.S. adjusts to social distancing and shelter in place guidelines, our first responders and healthcare workers continue to fight on the frontlines of COVID-19. Every day these heroes are showing up to serve their communities- while knowingly putting themselves at risk of exposure.


Extraordinary Times

Our frontline heroes are used to risk—it comes with the job—but these are extraordinary times. In many areas, their facilities are short on personal protective equipment (PPE); and a number of them have made the choice to self-isolate while working in order to protect their families.

And yet, every day they continue to help those in need, no matter how many people arrive to the ER, dial the advice line or call in distress. In hard-hit cities like New York and Detroit, police officers are working double shifts in their communities to cover colleagues who’ve gotten sick or have had to self-quarantine. First responders and volunteer departments are working hard to improve systems and protocols to stay ahead of the anticipated increase in calls. Nurses and other healthcare workers are coming out of retirement to help meet the increasing patient needs in hospitals.


Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

On top of it all, some are even finding ways to connect with their community, bringing comfort, joy, and positivity to an anxious public:

  • Firefighters in Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana and elsewhere are recording themselves reading stories and posting them online for parents to share with their kids.
  • A West Virginia nurse is keeping her community’s spirits up by hosting cake giveaways.
  • Peace officers in Utah organized child care services for and by families of first responders.
  • Alabama firefighters are making sure kids’ birthdays aren’t forgotten. They’re driving their firetruck to lucky children’s homes and turning on the sirens and lights to celebrate.
  • As a way to spread positivity, an ICU nurse started a Facebook group dedicated to sharing found or handmade rainbows.
  • Police officers across the country are reaching out to their youngest community members online by hosting art projects, reading them stories and even giving singing lessons.


We rely on our frontline heroes every day—to keep us safe, to protect us, to care for us when we’re sick. There’s no better way to thank them for their service and sacrifice than to do our part in helping keep them safe and healthy.

By following local guidelines around social distancing (or shelter in place, depending on your location) you can help “flatten the curve”—which means reducing the spread of infections and, by extension, the pressure on healthcare workers and first responders.

Take time to send a (socially distant) thank you to the nurses, peace officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel.


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Teaching Resources: Google’s 3D Animals

Teaching Resources: Google’s 3D Animals

You may not be able to get out and visit a regular zoo, but with Google’s 3D animal feature you can bring the zoo to you!

How To Use the Feature

It’s super simple! All you have to do is Google the name of the animal you would like to see in 3D. Google put’s it’s AR right at the top of the search, so when you scroll down you should see your animal with the button “View in 3D”.


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You even get some facts about each animal that you are viewing, so you can make a whole lesson plan out of it!

After you click the “View in 3D” button, you will be directed to a screen that has a 360-degree view of your animal that you are able to zoom in and out on. From here you can make the animal appear against a white background OR in the center of your room, but sliding the between “AR” and “Object”.

The best part about this feature is the animal is actually moving the whole time as if it’s real. You can see it blink, twist it’s head, open it’s mouth, roar, swim, etc.


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What Animals Can I View in Google 3D?

You can view any of these animals using Google’s 3D feature:

  • Alligator
  • Angler Fish
  • Ball Python
  • Brown Bear
  • Cat
  • Cheetah
  • Deer
  • Dog
    • Bulldog
    • Pomeranian
    • Lab
    • Pug
    • Rottweiler
  • Duck
  • Eagle
  • Emperor Penguin
  • Giant Panda
  • Goat
  • Hedgehog
  • Horse
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Macaw
  • Octopus
  • Racoon
  • Shark
  • Shetland Pony
  • Snake
  • Tiger
  • Turtle
  • Wolf

There is no official list from Google; however this list has grown since first launching the program, and 9 to 5 Google predicts more will be added over time.


Octopus in Google 3D


The animal kingdom is just a click away, so what are you waiting for?


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Employee Spotlight: Crystal Mabra

We have amazing employees at California Casualty. The Employee Spotlight is a new series aiming to highlight those talented individuals that make up our successful company culture and community. From human resource recruiters and learning and development trainers to claims adjusters, marketers, customer support specialists, partner relations, sales representatives, and beyond; each week, we’ll highlight a new team member, so you can get to know us better and see how our employees make us who we are as a company. 

This edition of the Employee Spotlight will feature our Customer Service Assistant, Crystal Mabra

Crystal has been with us for 16 years now and is based in our Colorado office.

Let’s get to learn Crystal!

Employee Spotlight: Crystal Mabra


What made you want to work in Customer Service at California Casualty?

I started off as a Customer Care Specialist, because I love working with and helping our customers. The part-time position I am in now was created for me after my son was born.

I did not want to quit working at California Casualty, because it’s such an amazing career, but I also wanted to spend more time with my son. So, I communicated my needs to the company and my part-time position as a Customer Service Assistant was happily created.


What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of my job is the diversity of tasks a day brings and gaining knowledge in different areas of the company.

I also enjoy helping people and working closely with the managers in each department.


What are your favorite activities to do outside of the office?

My favorite activities are hiking, fishing, traveling, and spending time with my husband and children.

We love to travel to Estes Park, CO for weekend getaways and we take annual trips to Alaska to go salmon fishing.


Anything else you would like the audience to know about you?

I am a native of the beautiful state of Colorado and I absolutely love it here.

I have two wonderful children, with my husband of almost 15 years, Alex- 10 and Alayna- 7.

I enjoy being creative outside of work which includes making jewelry and graphic design.


If you want to learn more about Crystal or are interested in a career at California Casualty, connect with her on LinkedIn! Or visit our careers page at https://www.calcas.com/careers

Communities Connect While Social Distancing

Amid a federal issuance of social distancing guidelines and orders across many cities for residents to “shelter in place,” people are having to quickly adjust to our new (thankfully temporary) normal. No more gatherings, picnics, playdates or dinners out for the time being.

Yet, while our physical connection is severely curtailed, communities are finding creative ways to remain virtually connected.

Not surprisingly, people are taking advantage of the internet (90% of adults in the U.S. use the web) and a multitude of apps and platforms to connect with their family, friends, and neighbors—even if they’re right next door. Here’s how communities are connecting while social distancing.


Feeling Chatty

Facetime, Skype, and WhatsApp video are among the go-to’s for video-enabled mobile chatting. For larger gatherings, web-based Google Hangouts, Zoom and others fit the bill. All these allow users to connect virtually, even if they live in different states or countries. For families with members who must self-isolate for safety, web and mobile chats allow close family time without the risk of exposure.


Finding Each Other on Facebook

Like online chatting, Facebook is connecting families and friends now more than ever. But it also offers people the ability to reach much larger audiences and communities.

In Holbrook, Massachusetts, firefighters are using the platform to record videos of themselves reading bedtime stories and share them for parents to play for their children. Libraries are taking storytime and education online, and zoos and aquariums are bringing their animals to people’s living rooms via live streams on Facebook Live and YouTube channels.

Facebook Groups are another way that people are creating tailored communities around a specific cause, topic or interest. On the safety front, many news organizations and local authorities are using the platform to keep their communities informed and up to date on COVID-19.


Checking in Near and Far

For those who are separated from friends or family in another country, WhatsApp is a free messaging app that can help them stay in touch across oceans or continents. On the other end of the spectrum is Nextdoor, a hyperlocal platform that helps neighbors post and share information relevant to their neighborhood.


Dance Parties & PSAs

Who says people have to be in the same room to dance together? Tiktok, a new platform for creating short dance, comedy and lip-sync videos, has seen an explosion of friendly dance challenges in a time of social distancing. Families, co-workers and friends alike are using the app to break out their moves. In Louisville, Kentucky, a father and his two grown sons held a dance competition on the platform—it went viral and got almost 10 million views.

Halfway across the world, in Vietnam, TikTok users helped spread a government PSA about handwashing to many millions by turning the catchy tune into a global dance challenge. It’s gotten more than 20 million views, proving that creativity and community can help spread the word on steps we all must take to protect ourselves and each other.

By taking advantage of remote tools and technology—and adding some fun and creativity—we can stay connected to family, friends and our community while adhering to social distancing guidelines that will help flatten the curve and keep everyone safer.


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