TAKE ONE HOUR TO HELP A COMMUNITY MEMBER
USE YOUR SKILLS TO
You can provide free virtual services like tutoring, therapy, meditation and yoga, or teaching technical skills to help others. Organizations looking for experts in their fields include: Translators Without Borders,
Catch a Fire, which is a skills-based volunteer matching site, and iCouldBe, an organization where you can mentor students for one hour a week. Grassroots organizers have also created sign-ups where you can use your skills to help others: Ward 4 Community Care and Mutual Aid Signup, Petworth Mutual Aid volunteer, and many are more included in this spreadsheet.
DO ERRANDS FOR OTHERS
Some members of the community are more vulnerable than others to the COVID-19 virus and should take as few risks as possible. You can make food for a neighbor or someone you know who needs help. You can also offer to shop for groceries or prescriptions, along with buying things like knitting materials to make sure that people can continue with their hobbies. Local groups and leaders are organizing volunteers. Check out this list, or sign up here.
PACK & PROVIDE FOOD
Many food banks in the area are still accepting food donations. Martha's Table is asking for donations and in-person volunteers, Food & Friends is looking for volunteers for bagging and preparation, DCPS Meal Site Operations and Bread for the City are looking for food packing volunteers, and Capital Area Food Bank is also looking for volunteers.
FOSTER / ADOPT AN ANIMAL
Many adoption centers and foster events are shutting down due to social distancing requirements. Without enough people to adopt or foster animals, shelters could resort to mass euthanasia. The following organizations are still allowing individuals to foster or adopt animals: Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, Humane Rescue Alliance, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, and City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties.
Hospitals are facing critical blood shortages in the midst of this pandemic. Blood banks like the American Red Cross and INOVA Blood Service are taking extra precautions to ensure safety during donations. The typical donation takes 8 minutes and your service will help save lives.
PHONE BANK IN THE COMMUNITY
Many at-risk populations are now confined to their homes and may benefit from talking to fellow community members. You can conduct wellness checks for at-risk members of the community through people you know or by reaching out to your city/county government. You can also sign up to support organizations like Crisis Text Line and Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
REACH OUT TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS!
Local faith-based organizations or social service agencies in your community may also be looking for extra help. You can also find virtual volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch.