Now more than ever is the time to come together and help any way we can! Here are some opportunities for people to volunteer from their homes. If you have any suggestions on how we can continue to serve the community, submit your ideas here: https://forms.gle/59VQfXoWz4yewbq59
To see the current list, please visit: https://launch.drew.edu/resources/virtual-and-remote-volunteering-options/
In the meantime, here are some opportunities that may be of particular interest:
|Virtual Advocacy opportunities with Planned Parenthood
Where: Crisis Text Line
The issue: Volunteers are needed to respond to texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. You can learn more by watching this TED Talk.
They are particularly in need of late night volunteers. ⅔ of the crisis situations occur between 10 pm and 6 am EST.
How you can help: Crisis Counselors commit to volunteering 4 hours per week until 200 hours are reached. Ideally, you’re expected to fulfill your commitment within one year. Before you begin as a counselor, you’ll also complete a training period to give you all of the expertise you need to successfully and empathetically navigate crisis intervention. This training is free for you, but it costs Crisis Text Line $1,008 to train each Crisis Counselor. Therefore volunteers need to see training through to the end and serve out their 200-hour commitment.
Sign up here to volunteer! They also have excellent resources to deal with COVID-19 anxiety
Where: Homeless Solutions
The issue: With guests encouraged to stay at the shelter, and children having to do virtual learning, Homeless Solutions now has to provide lunch to everyone at the shelter for the foreseeable future. Additionally, many of the volunteer groups who purchase, cook and serve dinner each night have been canceling. This has caused a much greater demand for food.
How you can help: Organize and promote on your social media a drive to purchase supplies for the shelter through their Amazon Wish List. Create a poster and share it on your facebook groups, instagram stories, etc. and share the shelter’s mission and how they can help by spending under $10. Make a hashtag and encourage people to post pictures of their receipt to promote the drive.