As we navigate this uncertain time together, our emotional and physical health can benefit from knowing that we are helping others however we are able. Staying connected to community—however you define it—and volunteering has always been a part of our DNA as humans. And while we may not be able to serve our community as we once did, Americans everywhere are uniting to help each other during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Everyone can do their part to help respond during this public health crisis. Volunteer opportunities are abundant. To help you take advantage of those opportunities, we are providing the following list of ways to volunteer more safely.
All of us can take measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19, including while volunteering. The best source of information on reducing the spread of Covid-19 are resources found at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC with the Department of Health and Human Services is the lead government agency on the management of the Coronavirus outbreak. They have created resource guides on preventing the spread of Covid-19 in specific communities. This includes guidance for childcare centers and schools, colleges and universities, community events, and first responders, among others. These guides, along with additional resources and up-to-date information from the CDC, can be found here.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, a Federal agency that runs AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs across the country, has provided a Top 10 list of how you can be involved. Consider these volunteer opportunities in your hometown:
For more ideas on how to volunteer from home consider virtual volunteering. Nonprofits all over the United States and beyond can use your remote volunteer hours. By volunteering virtually, you can support nonprofits in areas that have limited access to talent. Virtual volunteering allows you to volunteer from home, on your schedule, making your work/life/volunteer balance easier.
More information on volunteering with a LISC specific project and AmeriCorps volunteer opportunities can be found here.