COVID-19: Volunteering in Isolation
At a time when people can be extremely vulnerable, from the elderly to those with underlying health conditions, volunteers are essential, now more than ever. With many countries under lockdown, encouraged to practice social distancing and self-isolation at home, you may wonder what this means for your routine volunteering activities. Luckily those who still need help can be reached through many of the local and online volunteering opportunities.
Check this page for updates on some of the best places you can volunteer during this period of time.
How You Can Help Today
The United Nations Volunteering programme is a way for organisations and volunteers to work together to tackle sustainable development projects. You can become a volunteer today and work on peace and development from the comfort of your home.
GoodSam NHS: The NHS has put a call out for 250,000 volunteers across the UK. Using the GoodSam responder app you'll get updates on different forms of support needed nearby, including check-in and chat & an NHS transport volunteer. Sign up here https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK: Find a local group to help support a community. COVID-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers working with local community groups to provide resources and connect people to groups close to them. https://covidmutualaid.org
British Red Cross: You can also donate to the National Emergencies Trust or volunteer at the red cross to help your local area during the coronavirus outbreak.
The London School of Economics and Political Science: have shared a list of opportunities for volunteers to help out in London including The Felix Project who help to distribute food that would otherwise go to waste.
Dare to Care Packages: In London, Dare To Care Packages are sending packages of supplies to those in self-isolation who are most vulnerable. They collect donated essentials placed in care packages that are sent to your neighbours and loved ones in isolation. Go to their website to find out how to donate resources or become a volunteer.
Red Cross: Blood is still needed for many patients and you can donate yours with American Red Cross. https://www.redcross.org/
New York Cares: You can register your interest in COVID-19 relief with New York Cares and send resources to those who are most in need at this crucial time.
Houston Food Bank: The Houston Food Bank is essential to keeping people fed and with COVID-19 their service can only become more essential. Donate to the Houston Food Bank or volunteer and help provide COVID-19 relief.
Hands on Atlanta: On their website, Hands On Atlanta have provided a list list of ways for you to volunteer from home including the Be My Eyes program, which allows you to help the visually impaired through an app on your phone.
L.A. Works: Through L.A. Works you can find opportunities for volunteering to help those in hunger and or homeless. There are also ways for you to volunteer from home through virtual volunteering and social connection projects such as phone reassurance for the socially isolated.
Je Veux Aider: The French government have started an initiative Je Veux Aider (I want to help) where you can sign up and find local associations in need. You will find missions to help others such as talking to the elderly, food distribution and babysitting. -
Le gouvernement français à lancer la plateforme Je Veux Aider où vous pouvez vous inscrire pour être mis en contact avec des associations locales en manque de volontaires. Vous y trouverez des missions tels que la distribution de nourriture, l’accompagnement de personne vulnérable et de la garde d’enfants.
En première ligne: On En première ligne health professionals can ask for groceries to be bought for them or find a volunteer to look after their children.
Cette plateforme permet de vous mettre en relation avec des personnels soignants qui ont besoin d’aide pour faire leurs courses ou garder leurs enfants pendant qu’ils sont au travail.
Airbnb France: If you have an empty apartment, you can lend it to health professionals through Airbnb. This could help nurses them a safe place to sleep whilst the Hospitals fill with patients.
Si vous avez un appartement vide à proximité d’un hôpital cette plateforme vous permet de le prêter aux professionnels de santé pour leurs éviter de prendre les transports en commun durant cette période de crise.
OzHarvest: In Australia, OzHarvest are calling for as much help as possible to support the demand for their services and ensure everyone gets fed. Donate to OZHarvest and help them fight hunger today!
The Salvation Army: There is an expected rise in demand for the Salvation Army’s services in Australia with COVID-19. They are still supporting Australians coping with poverty, drought and the recent bushfires, but you can do your part by making a donation their website. Check their full Coronavirus response linked here.
Akai Hane: Central Community Chest of Japan: Central Community Chest of Japan help disabled, elderly, children and disaster victims through different types of support. You can make a difference by donating to them online.
Un Kilo de ayuda: In Mexico, Un Kilo De ayuda are are always looking for volunteers to support their work with children aged 0-5 in rural communities and to prepare for the impact Covid-19 will have in those regions. https://www.unkilodeayuda.org.mx/
Curzro Ja Meixcana: The Mexican Red Cross are looking to sign up more volunteers as they get prepared to manage COVID-19.
Click on each flag to find opportunities to support those that need you most.