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Best Ways to Volunteer From Home

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 we need to practice #socialdistancing. Above all, though it may not feel like it, social distancing is different from being quarantined or isolated. Similarly the latter two contain the spread, social distancing is a tool of intervention and mitigation.  A way of reducing the viral impact on society by limited personal contact. As of March 16th, Governors in nine states (CA, WA, IL, MI, NY, NJ, MA, CT, OH) have ordered bars, restaurants and other businesses to close in an effort to halt the coronavirus spread. In these uncertain times it’s important to look for safe and innovative ways, skills-based volunteering, to be of service in our communities.

Question – how can we aid those in need while working to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable members of our communities? The same technology that all has made it possible to work from home can be used to engage in volunteering remotely.

Meals On Wheels worker packs meal.

Meals on Wheels meal assembler, wears a face mask as she packs meals into bags while working.

Skills-Based Volunteering?

Skills-based volunteering means leveraging the specialized skills and talents of individuals to strengthen the infrastructure of nonprofits, helping them build and sustain their capacity to successfully achieve their missions. Skilled volunteers can help nonprofits do more with less by working on a wide variety of projects at no cost. Creating marketing materials, developing new programs, training staff and raising money – all from the comfort of their own home.

Taproot Foundation: 

Because nonprofit organizations don’t always have access to the marketing, HR, technology, or planning resources they need to tackle the issues of their communities. Too many organizations are understaffed, operating on small budgets, and facing challenges that would benefit from targeted subject matter expertise.  You can get started in skills-based volunteering with Taproot Plus Projects & Sessions.

Capital Good Fund:

Above all, our mission is to create pathways out of poverty and advance a green economy through inclusive financial services. Recognizing the endemic nature of American poverty—as well as the interlocking issues that together form barriers to eradicating it—we use skills-based volunteering and empowerment to meet the needs of our clients, foster true social mobility and chip away at the wealth and opportunity gaps in our society. Support the Capital Good Fund as they provide life-changing Loans and Financial Coaching to our incredible, deserving clients!

ResQwalk:

ResQWalk lets you raise money and resources for your favorite animal welfare organization, and all you do is walk! Throughout the year, we’ll announce a ResQpool of cash and resources that have been provided by corporate sponsors. You can help your chosen organization earn a portion of this pool by downloading ResQwalk and hitting the pavement!

Virtual volunteering in 2020

Share your skills with the world via virtual volunteering opportunities.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV): 

UNV programme contributes to peace and development through online volunteering worldwide. Organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. In conclusion, when skilled passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins.

Give an Hour:

Within our communities we have the resources to address society’s challenges – challenges that often result in emotional pain and suffering. Therefore, by harnessing the skills and generosity of citizens across our nation and around the world, we provide those in need with help and hope.

Benefits for Nonprofits

While it is important for nonprofits to inspire others to volunteer with their organizations and to solve the most challenging problems of today, we know that just “showing up” is not enough. Similarly, the focus of skills-based volunteering is on results – matching available expertise and talents to nonprofit business goals. Volunteers today bring with them a range of personal and professional experience. For instance, a boomer might work with low-income families on financial education. Similarly a millennial trains nonprofit staff on using social networking technology to raise brand awareness.

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