Many organizations have suspended their volunteer activities during COVID-19, but other organizations need your help now, more than ever before.
Here are a few ways you can volunteer or engage with your community, during COVID-19 in Newfoundland and Labrador, while continuing to socially distance.
Community OrganizationsViolence Prevention Avalon East
Please follow our social networks and share our information to your loved ones. You never know who you may be helping!
We are also looking for volunteers to take our K-12 toolkits and turn it into small educational video clips that we can share on social networks. If you are video savvy, want to try your hand at teaching a topic, or looking towards becoming the next Youtube Sensation, please contact us for more information!
Blood donation is an essential health service, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
Donor centres have implemented new measures to ensure the safety of staff, donors and patients receiving transfusions during this time. If you’re healthy, there’s a good chance you’ll be eligible to donate.
The Canadian Red Cross has put out an online call for COVID-19 volunteers for support services, as-needed in NL.
While in-person services and facilities are closed, Easter Seals has been having online Trivia Game nights to continue raising awareness and money for their cause. Trivia nights happen on Zoom and they share events through their Facebook page.
A fun way to socially distance, but continue socializing with your friends, while giving back to a great cause!
FluWatchers is an online surveillance system that normally helps track the spread of flu-like illness across Canada. We are using its established network of volunteers to track COVID-19. You can participate by anonymously answering 2 quick health-related questions each week to help show Canadians where COVID-19 is circulating.
In partnership with Crisis Text Line, Kids Help Phone launched the first ever 24/7, free, nationwide texting service. Now, kids can not only phone for support, they can also text for support. Kids Help Phone is currently looking for Crisis Responder volunteers.
The role of a Crisis Responder is to bring texters from a “hot” moment to a cool calm, and to help them come up with a plan to stay healthy and safe. Crisis Responders are trained to do this using active listening and collaborative problem-solving. Go to their website for more information, and to apply today.
To identify and support the needs of Canadians both during and after the pandemic, Statistics Canada requires reliable economic, social and health information. You can help by taking 5 minutes to participate in our data collection on the impact of COVID-19 on Canadians.
Are you a community or business leader who understands quality assurance and how to source PPE equipment or raw materials to our province?
If you’re in the community at large: Do you have any raw materials around their house that is needed to make PPE equipment? More details here.
Informal volunteering is just as important as formal volunteering! Here are a few ways you can volunteer your time during COVID-19, in you immediate community.Read more.
- Reach out to older individuals and families in your social circle/ neighbourhood. Ask them if you can pick something up for them so they can remain safe at home.
- If you are crafty, consider making your loved ones protective masks for when they go out.
- Try to purchase locally made items to help local businesses during this time. Guide to the Good is a fabulous resource for understanding how to support local.
- Be extra kind to any workers you talk to; bankers, retail clerks, and many others are in the same situation as you, and have the added risk of being exposed to COVID-19 in their work environment. Thank them for their courage to continue working on the front-lines in this time.
- If you go for a walk around your neighbourhood, bring a plastic bag with you. The snow is melting and litter is starting to show. The municipal governments have a lot on their plates right now so every action helps! Remember those #TrashTag challenges last year? Let’s bring that back, even if it’s a day out with your family or a communty-helping date with your partner.
- Many essential workers enjoy your messages of support and appreciation, as they drive to and from work. Parents also take children on walks and make games out of the items found in your windows, so why not have a bit of fun and give them something to look at, as they pass your house?
- Make a list of all of the people who live alone or may be struggling during COVID-19, and make a point to reach out to them atleast once a week. It’s hard to keep track of the days when you aren’t on a regular schedule, but setting a weekly reminder to send out a text or make a phone call will not only brighten that person’s day, but will also brighten yours.
Consider Your Skill Sets
What do you do for a living? What are some of your hobbies or skills? Here are a few examples of ways you can use your individual skillsets, to help other people or organizations.Read more.
- Web Design and Social Media Marketing: Violence Prevention Avalon East’s recent website make over, social media posts, ‘Protecting Children Online in 2020’ Toolkits, and ‘Unsafe at Home’ resources were all the result of a volunteer who has those skills, and cares about violence prevention in NL. Many community organizations are in need of help with ensuring the work they’re doing is known about, so people can utilize or further support their services.
- Education and Child Care: Share teaching and activity ideas through your social networks or via e-mail to people who are now at home with their children during COVID-19.
- Athletics: Share workout and/or healthy lifestyle routines and tips through your social networks!
- Cooking/ Baking/Art: People at home are looking for ways to fill their time with new activities. People are baking bread for the first time ever, trying new meal recipes, and looking for DIY projects to attempt. If you are handy or crafty, share it with the world! Bake some cookies and create a little care package to brighten a neighbour’s day, or share a quick video of how you do certain things, so others can try.
These are a few examples as to how you can utilize your own skillset, to help people in your immediate social circle or neighbourhood.
To find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exaltation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—this is to have succeeded.George Bernard Shaw