During Covid-19, everything in our world has changed and we’ve had to adapt to a new way of doing things — even volunteering. Volunteering in person may not be the safest thing to do for others right now, so we need to find safe and creative ways to give back during this socially-distanced time.
Why Volunteering is Important
Volunteering offers essential help to others in need. There are many worthwhile organizations that could not survive without the people power of volunteers or the financial contributions they make. Volunteering benefits us as well. It builds our ties to the community, broadens our empathy and understanding, and uplifts our spirits.
Given the current restrictions due to Covid-19, volunteering in person may be restricted due to safety considerations. But that doesn’t have to stop us from giving back.
Safe and Creative Ways to Volunteer
Here are a few ways my daughter and I have been able to volunteer since Covid-19 restrictions have been in place:
Painted Flower Pots
Ronald McDonald House programs are located near top children’s hospitals and allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs.
Recently, my daughter and her friends decorated flower pots to brighten up our local RMH for the families staying there. It was a fun way to unleash their artistic abilities while letting the families know that we care about them and their children.
Animals Need Help Too
The Humane Society continues to care for animals in need during Covid-19. Some Humane Society chapters are asking volunteers to make cat trap covers to offer a sense of safety to cats awaiting surgery, during post-surgery recovery, and being returned to their homes.
Other volunteer projects include making face masks, dropping off beach towels for the animals to use as blankets, or even baking dog biscuits.
Check out this post about the Humane Society recipe for dog biscuits.
Notes of Thanks
Making Cards for First Responders is a creative way to communicate our thanks to the heroes who sacrifice each day to help others. Our expressions of gratitude and appreciation may provide a bright spot for them during an otherwise stressful day.
Making cards with personally expressed messages to staff working at hospitals, police or fire departments is a simple yet meaningful way to say “Thank You” for a job well done.
What You Can Do
Take some time to think about the issues you care about and then reach out to organizations that support the same causes. Give them a call or send an email to ask how you can help right now, even if you can’t go in person.
Do you have ideas for giving back during Covid-19 restrictions? We’d love to hear from you.