You start with realizing that there is a problem, and that you can’t fix it for whatever reason.
Sorry, but 90% of the threads like this cover the FIRST part, no problem, but the second part is completely missed. So the people just go “let’s solve this problem, come on, let’s go!” not “There’s a problem, who CAN solve it?”
The second part of the response is that I’m not sure FIRST is as networked as you think. There’s what I’d call local clusters of people with good connections to each other, and then there’s a bunch of folks that are in several of those clusters at once. For many teams, sponsors are essentially not in the network of teams. Almost literally, you’d be best off putting out a tweet and @-ing all the companies you can think of to activate that sort of network, not going by the FIRST word-of-mouth grapevine.
Third, for most folks that are in a position to actually do something about this, I’m 90% sure that the government (or hospitals or similar places) have already broken down their doors to get them to do something about it.
Basically, what I’m saying is that right now, the people that CAN do something are already being hammered on by everybody else to do something. So the network we do have (such as it is) would just be doing what everybody else is doing. So maybe we need to focus on the issue of needing stuff to do–I’m sure just about everybody is going stir crazy due to the safer at home and other similar orders.
Edit: What I, personally, am doing right now is 1) realizing that I’m not in a very good position to solve anything with this whole outbreak other than by social distancing, 2) keeping aware of the current public policy in my area is, 3) continuing to work (last we checked, my workplace is in the “essential” category), unless I’m not feeling well (in which case I’ll be home quicker than you can say “work from home”) or we’re informed that we aren’t essential, and 4) just trying to keep my head on my shoulders and not go too stir crazy.