When crisis strikes, one of two things can happen: We fall over ourselves to help, responding in an ad hoc fashion, duplicating tasks, but determined to be of some use . Or we do nothing, for fear of doing the wrong thing or getting in the way.
There is another way. A way to respond not only to crisis but to a range of challenges faced by friends, family and those in our community. We can coordinate a response through a caring community: We can start a LOVLIST.