The past year has been particularly hard on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, homeless, low-income families, and those with chronic health conditions. While the pandemic has placed a strain on many, it is also strengthening the depths of our compassion. Many Americans have generously come together to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the needs of vulnerable populations within our communities grow during these challenging times, there are numerous ways we can all continue to support and serve others safely.
How to Volunteer
AmeriCorps, a federal agency tasked with elevating service and volunteerism in America, suggests the following activities to safely help your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you volunteer in person, be sure to follow your State’s local guidelines for health and safety measures.
- Food Banks. Volunteer at a local food bank that needs help packing food or stocking their pantry.
- Food Delivery. Deliver meals and groceries to vulnerable seniors that you know or contact your local Meals on Wheels to learn how to volunteer.
- Blood Donation. Blood donations have decreased dramatically. Help fill the need by visiting the Red Cross or other blood donation sites.
- Volunteer Virtually. Many States are identifying local virtual volunteer opportunities. Visit your State Service Commission’s website for details.
- Stay in Touch. Check on your neighbors, friends, and family – especially those who are older or may be alone. A phone call, text, or a conversation through a window could brighten their day.
For more ideas on how to serve your community, visit NationalService.gov. As we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, remember that any support you provide during this time can be positive and impactful for both the recipient and you.