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:
Where: Interfaith Food Pantry Virtual Food Drive
The issue: In this time of the COVID-19 crisis, you can help families in need while staying safe home. With business closings, layoffs and furloughs, family food insecurity is increasing every day. Morris Habitat for Humanity has been helping families with affordable homeownership for 35 years in Morris County and we have turned our immediate attention to helping those who need food now.The Interfaith Food Pantry is a non-denominational, non-profit organization helping families make ends meet by supplementing their monthly groceries. Currently, the need is unprecedented.
How you can help: Click HERE to Donate to our Virtual Food Drive! Food donors will Get $20 off online purchases at Morris Habitat’s Restore and Morris Habitat will Give an additional $20 in food purchases to Interfaith Food Pantry for each donation.
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.
Where: Your Local Hospital!
The issue: With the pandemic in full swing, some hospitals are running out of face masks and other essential supplies for their staff.
How you can help: If you have a sewing machine and some spare time, consider helping by sewing some face masks yourself! Here is a youtube video from Atlantic Health teaching you how to do it.
If you are close to Drew, here is a list of hospitals accepting masks. But make sure you check in with your local hospitals and see what they need or if they are accepting masks before you go on a craft spree.
Donate needed medical supplies in the blue donation bins located 24/7 directly outside the main entrances of: