As we move toward the holiday season, COVID cases are up all across the United States with no decline in sight. The holiday season will certainly tempt us all to let our guards down, but keeping our loved ones and communities safe means continuing to stay vigilant. But that doesn’t mean this holiday season can’t be special! Here are our best tips and tricks for shopping this holiday season.

Our community relies on small businesses, and your conscious decision to support small businesses during the 2020 holiday season, be it in-person or online, could be the reason those businesses survive another year.

It’s no secret that small, local businesses have been hit especially hard during the pandemic. Many of us have seen our favorite local dive bar or little indie bookstore shutter. Our communities have changed in all kinds of ways, but these are the changes that are hard to swallow. 

We know that the survival of small businesses is incredibly important not only to the individuals they employ, but to our community and overall quality of life. Let’s work together to do what we can with the resources we have to support local businesses through this holiday season.

After decades of fighting for more fair and equal opportunities, women are leaving the workforce in droves. The percentage of women in the workforce is now as low now as it was in the 1980s, very literally sending women back decades. 

Big change starts small, and there is nowhere that it is more obvious than in local government. The fight for major social policy changes like women’s suffrage, marriage equality, and reproductive healthcare access began at the state or local level. Even though the presidential race tends to monopolize the spotlight during election season, local elections have a major and immediate impact on our everyday lives, and are often the breeding ground for future federal policy change.

By now you’ve heard all about how important it is to get out and vote in this upcoming November’s election. But just how does one go about getting out to vote? Here’s everything you need to know about getting registered and getting to your polling place this November.

BCBSND is making mental health care more accessible through a new offering, the Learn to Live online therapy solution. It’s free to members through 2020.

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It’s NEVER too late to take care of your mental health. Guest writer Heather Zinger shares what she has learned about mental health and shares resources and insight about seeking help.

Across the region, businesses and organizations are finding creative ways to operate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We spoke with a few local Ladybosses to find out how they are navigating this new normal.

I believe that painting is something that anyone can pick up and do — the secret to getting good at it (like anything) is time. And, lucky for you, this season of social distancing is certainly allowing many of us more time than we typically would have in our “normal” every-day-jam-packed lives.