COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunites and Resources

COVID-19 Volunteer Information & Resources

Here at Network Volunteers, we have been closely monitoring the situation as it relates to COVID-19. We understand the effect the virus has had on volunteers and the organizations that rely heavily on their work. We have been actively working to connect volunteers to significant opportunities both locally and nationally in the wake of the coronavirus. This page includes a guide for volunteer opportunities and resources regarding the virus, suggestions for safe volunteering, virtual volunteering ideas, and some frequently asked questions regarding volunteering in the midst of COVID-19.

Sincerely, 

Teddy Nathan

Executive Director, 

Network Volunteers

COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities and Resources

Safe Volunteer Practices

  • 1. While volunteering in person, be sure to follow the CDC safety precautions

  • 2. DO NOT VOLUNTEER IN PERSON if you are experiencing coughing, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

    • The same rule applies if you have been in contact with someone who is experiencing the above systems or is at “high-risk” for catching the virus

  •  3. Do not show up for a volunteer activity without first confirming that there is a need for that activity and that the organization is expecting you​

  • 4. Make sure you are washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and using hand sanitizer

 

  • 5. While in-person volunteering, be sure to maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals

 

  • 6. Volunteers are highly encouraged to take their temperature before volunteering in person.

 

  • 7. Volunteer at organizations that are taking extra steps to ensure a safe and sanitary environment.

    • For example, many food pantries take precautions such as: 

      • Limiting volunteer shifts to a maximum of 10 volunteers

      • Sanitizing surfaces before and after volunteer sessions.

  • 8. Volunteer outdoors and avoid tight spaces

    • It is thought that engaging with others outdoors is safer as virus particles have more distance and ventilation. Plus, getting fresh air and exercise is known to boost the immune system as well as emotional and mental health! 

 

  • 9. Organizations should keep time volunteer logs to track who is coming in contact with one another

    • Records can be gathered easily through a waiver or sign-in process

 

  • 10. Organizations accepting volunteers should consider having an isolation space available to be prepared if anyone does show up with symptoms

  

Your volunteer experience is contingent upon following guidelines and safety instructions, especially amid this pandemic. We hope our safe volunteer practices will ease your concerns & encourage you to volunteer safely! 

 
 

Geographical Volunteer Updates 

While we are not currently working with groups on the ground, we plan to resume operations in all respective locations as soon as it is deemed safe to do so. We are actively working to establish new ways to adapt and launch our programming in each of our locations. We will be updating this list regularly as the situation develops.

Current Status of Our Work Locations: ​

  • Chicago: Not Operating

  • Denver: Not Operating

  • Detroit: Not Operating

  • Houston: Not Operating

  • Miami: Not Operating

  • New Orleans: Not Operating

  • New York City: Not Operating

  • Orlando: Not Operating

  • Philadelphia: Not Operating

  • Phoenix: Not Operating

  • Puerto Rico: Not Operating

  • San Diego: Not Operating

  • Seattle: Not Operating

 

Ways to Volunteer Remotely

If you are unable to volunteer in person, never fear! There are plenty of ways to volunteer and contribute to your community and others from the safety and comfort of your home. Check out some of our ideas below!

  • Write letters to our heroes!

  • Make masks to be donated!

  • Write letters to the elderly who may be experiencing increased social isolation

  • Support your favorite restaurants by purchasing gift cards to help their businesses

  • Donate funds to organizations in need

    • Many organizations are in desperate need of donations in order to continue supporting the populations they serve. If you're able to, we encourage you to donate to these organizations

  • Help students learn through virtual and online tutoring

    • You can have an impact by helping students boost their grades and achieve their goals!

      • Check out the efforts being made by UPchieve and see how you can help students 

  • Call elderly individuals who may be stuck in isolation and in need of someone to talk to!

  • Support local restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery 

    • Many of your favorite restaurants are still ready to serve you through takeout and delivery. Support their businesses!

If you have any additional suggestions on how to make an impact from home, let us know at info@networknola.org

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My governor has issued a stay-at-home order. Am I still able to volunteer?

    • Yes. Most organizations in need of volunteer support are considered essential businesses

  • Can I volunteer in groups?

    • Most organizations have limited the number of volunteers they can take at a timeWhen volunteering in groups of any size, remember to remain 6 feet away from one another

  • Is it safe for everyone to volunteer?

    • While healthy individuals are encouraged to volunteer in-person, it may not be safe for everyone, especially at-risk individuals

      • You should refrain from volunteering in person if in the last 14 days: 

        • You have experienced any common symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath

        • You have been exposed to the virus or been around someone experiencing symptoms of the virus

        • You have recently traveled 

        • You have traveled via the airport or a cruise ship

        • You live with someone who is considered at risk for COVID-19

      • If you fit any of the above criteria, you can still give back. Check out our 'Volunteer Remotely' section on ways you can still help from the safety and comfort of your home

  • What steps can volunteers take to ensure their safety and the safety of others while volunteering?

    • Volunteers should wear face masks and gloves to keep themselves protected. Remember to wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer prior to and after contact with other individuals and items

 
 

We at Network Volunteers are committed to supporting our community partners and identifying appropriate and safe volunteer projects in the midst of the COVID-19. We encourage you to be creative in your volunteering and remember there are always ways to contribute even from the safety and comfort of your home.

 

Thank you for your efforts to support your community and other during this difficult time! And stay safe.

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