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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Volunteering While Social Distancing

Happy April and National Volunteer Month! While practicing social distancing is crucial for the health of our communities, there are plenty of ways to safely volunteer amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to learn more about virtual volunteering opportunities!

Web-based volunteering is the perfect way to help out while self-quarantining. All you need is a web-enabled device like a computer or smartphone and internet connection, and you can help out with activities like:

Transcribing or Translating Like to read or write? Check out this opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian! 
Contribute to Scientific Research You don’t have to have a PhD to uncover new discoveries - in fact you don’t have to have any experience at all to Classify Galaxies, Identify African Wildlife, help get Power to People without electricity, and more! 
Play Video Games  Yes, you read that right! Games like this one donate money to world hunger for each question you answer correctly.  
Creative Content Have a knack for blogging, TikTok, photography, or graphic design? Reach out to organizations to see if you can use your skills to create digital assets that will help them raise awareness or funds.

Remote volunteer opportunities are ones you can do from anywhere, without needing a computer.

Wellness Check Calls Many organizations, especially those who assist the elderly, may need additional help during this time checking on their clients well-being. It’s a great way to connect with people during this time of isolation and  as easy as picking up the phone and having a chat!  
Making or Assembling Goods Have a craft or hobby you’re good at? Sew masks, knit blankets, assemble hygiene kits, and more from home to send to organizations helping those in need. 
Writing Cards and Support Letters Hearing that someone cares can be extremely motivating and uplifting - share that support in a note with those who need it right now, like patients undergoing care, medical frontline workers, grocery clerks, elderly, anyone!

Self Guided 
Social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home though, there are plenty of opportunities you can do while out-and-about solo.

Beautification and Clean Ups Who says you need a group to do a beach cleanup or help plant flowers in the park? Or try turning your next jog into a plog, by picking up litter along the way! 
Non-Contact Delivery Drop off supplies, like groceries or medicine, at the doorstep for self-quarantined or at-risk individuals who can’t go to the store. Be sure to check out these safety guidelines!

While financial contributions are always needed by organizations, here are some things you can donate that you may already have!

Give Blood If you are healthy and feeling well, your blood donation is needed now -  Coronavirus poses no known risk to donors during the donation process, and just one donation can save three lives! Find a donation center near you
Donate Food to Pantries Donating a few spare cans, but drop boxes or mail, can help pantries continue their missions amid the stockpiling craze.  
Loan Some Computing Power Download and run a program that lets you loan your computer’s processing power to Coronavirus researchers at Stanford University. The additional computing power lets them run enormous simulations that can help develop cures for COVID-19 quickly! 
Donate Your Time By Tutoring Easily take volunteer opportunities like these online using free video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts!

Mutual Aid 
Mutual aid is a term that really just means neighbor-to-neighbor help - big or small.

With coronavirus making such an impact on our normal daily activities, many people in our communities may need help adjusting in all sorts of ways.

See the needs you can help within your area.

Written by our friends at Golden

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