10 ways to safely help your community during COVID-19 (NationalService.gov)

  1. Donate to Nonprofits 
  2. Cash donations are the best way to support the nonprofit of your choice. TheNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)has a list of organizations supporting COVID-19 response efforts.Guidestar and Great Nonprofits also have search engines to locate organizations that need help.
  3. Donate or Volunteer Safely with Food Banks and Pantries 
  4. Donate to food banks and pantries to help them stock up or volunteer at a food bank that needs help packing and sorting food using safe practices. VisitFeeding AmericaorFood Pantriesto find an organization near you.
  5. Deliver Meals and Groceries to Vulnerable Seniors 
  6. Help out someone you know or contact your local Meals on Wheels to learn ways to volunteer. 
  7. Help a School 
  8. Check with your area school system to see if they need volunteers to distribute food (or other items) to children and families in need. 
  9. Give Blood  
  10. Blood donations have decreased dramatically. Help fill the need by contacting your local Red Crossor other blood donation sites.
  11. Become a Medical Volunteer 
  12. Trained medical volunteers can offer their services by registering with a National VOAD member. Medical professionals and others can help locally by joining the Medical Reserve Corps or registering through the Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.
  13. Donate Medical Supplies and Equipment 
  14. If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please email FEMA’s National Business Emergency Operations Center at nbeoc@fema.dhs.gov
  15. Stay in Touch 
  16. Check on your neighbors, friends, and family – especially those who are older or may be alone. A phone call, text, or a conversation through the door could brighten their day. 
  17. Serve in Your Community 
  18. Many states are identifying local volunteer opportunities; visit your State Service Commission’s website for details.
  19. Volunteer from Home 
  20. Prefer to volunteer while staying at home? Check out AllForGood.org for service ideas.

For more information on COVID-19, visit Coronavirus.gov,Centers for Disease Control, Government Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) USA.gov/coronavirus, and FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control.

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