April 8, 2020
During the COVID 19 pandemic, Priority Candidates strongly encourages clients to find ways to contribute time and talent to organizations that need help. Volunteerism provides an avenue to make a real, positive impact in a time of crisis. It’s also a way to be productive, expand your horizons and network, and apply your skills to tangible projects. These developmental experiences will help you as you pursue future opportunities in the work world.
Search for Possibilities
Evaluate Opportunities and Organizations
Offer Your Time and Talent
Digitization Work: Help an organization digitize their training materials, creating online content or videos
Environmental Projects: Bird Counts, Beach Conservation, and Litter Pick Up Projects are outdoor efforts you can undertake while social distancing
Fundraisers: Do project planning and design collateral materials for future use
Pen Pal Program: Write to members of the Armed Services, the elderly, or the incarcerated
Tutoring: Offer video support to parents who unexpectedly need to home school their children
Volunteer Later: Train now for future service by learning about the mission of an organization.
Volunteer Online: DoSomething.org is a non-profit for young people and meaningful social change - check out their several virtual campaigns.
Identify Local Projects: JustServe.org allows you to identify local projects that need assistance, in addition to volunteer-from-home opportunities.
Census 2020 Support: Ask your public library how you can help
Community Sewing Projects: Days for Girls is organizing mask making and other sewing efforts
Food Insecurity: God’s Love We Deliver; or local food banks need help packaging materials for distribution
Homelessness: Provide video tutoring or mentoring to children in shelters
Political Action: Offer virtual skill-based help to a political candidate or party that you support
Public History: Classify a historic district, help gather data from residents or research properties
Public Places: Volunteer for parks or rail trail projects, being mindful of social distancing
Social Justice Issues: Organize book drives or letter writing campaigns
Support the Elderly: Meals on Wheels continues its mission
Volunteerism Centers: New York Cares or your local Alumni Club
Offer Your Virtual Talents via a Community Tool: NextDoor or Facebook can be great platforms to help others.