Virtual and Remote Volunteering Options

Where: NJ Friends and Family Census Outreach Program

The issue: The current public health emergency has caused many things to change, but some essential processes must continue. One of those is the Census. There’s good news to report about our Census efforts. New Jersey is doing relatively well with our Census self-response. That’s a real testament to the work that we’ve all done letting people know how important it is to fill out their Census.But our response rate will improve only if we continue to push for a complete count right now. We can’t slow down.

How you can help: How does it work? – Ask at least five (5) friends, neighbors or family members to fill out their Census form. And then ask those who agree to call 5 of their friends and family members. And so on, and so on.The concept is in keeping with the idea that trusted voices will be the ones to convince others to fill out the Census. And who is more trusted than friends, neighbors or family members? It’s basic, and easy, and we hope you’ll join in. We think it will help you with your Census outreach efforts and help increase response rates.

Here’s the link to the NJ Friends & Family Census Outreach Toolkit:

https://nj.gov/state/census-outreach.shtml

Where: http://helpnjnow.org/

The issue: Preparing individuals and communities for disaster since the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Tens of thousands of individuals reached out to help, but there was no consolidated resource to capture all of the ways people could assist. HELPNJNOW.ORG was designed to connect resources with up to date community needs in order to best respond to disasters.  This site was built and is maintained by a partnership between New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD), the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) and the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism.

How you can help: Become a Volunteer in NJ communities, become a Healthcare Volunteer, learn about Donations, and/or Expand YOUR Training!

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: Jersey City Seniors

The issue: At a time when you may be feeling helpless and would like to lend a helping hand to members of our community, The New Jersey City University Center for Community Engagement is seeking virtual volunteer opportunities that the NJCU community can participate in to help flatten the curve. They have partnered with The City of Jersey City to aid in completing wellness calls to senior citizens in Jersey City.

How you can help: Assist our most vulnerable and volunteer to make wellness check calls to Jersey City seniors with the virtual call center. This is an ongoing effort from 9 AM to 9 PM. Please consider registering to join us in this important initiative. Click HERE to register online. 

Where: Your usual walk!

The issue: The Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps has created the Virtual 5K running series as a fundraising event to support the continued operations of the MVAC.

How you can help: A virtual race is a race that can be run (or walked) from any location you choose. You can run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym, or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself. And your medal will be shipped directly to you. Many of us are doing our best to stay home, by keeping a proper social distance, so if you need to space out your run over time, we understand!

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: Zooniverse 

The issue: The non-profit is in need of volunteers to go onto their projects and classify the data contained in them.

How you can help: Pick one of their projects and get started! I personally recommend Bash the Bug to help test antibiotics (Very timely).

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: Translators Without Borders

The issue: Volunteers are needed to help translate for all kinds of projects (including medical documents, crisis situations, etc.) They also need assistance with project managing, graphic and web design, and other projects that do not require fluency in a second language.

How you can help: Apply to be a translator here!

Where: Smithsonian Transcription Center

The issue: Launched in July 2013, the Smithsonian Transcription Center seeks to engage the public in making our collections more accessible. Citizen scholars are invited to transcribe historic documents including diaries and working papers of prominent Americans and records associated with the Smithsonian’s vast scientific collections. Transcription makes these important materials more accessible to researchers around the world, as well as the general public.

How you can help: Pick one of their projects and start transcribing.

Where: Bookshare 

The issue: Book Share offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.

How you can help: Sign up to proofread some books.

Where: Be My Eyes 

The issue: Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

How you can help: Download the app (iOS and Android) and sign up to volunteer

Where: United Nations

The issue: The UN runs a virtual program connecting volunteers to organizations worldwide. About 12,000 volunteers are connected with public-impact opportunities in 187 countries. You can help with writing and editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy, to name a few, and there are a variety of short and longer-term opportunities.

How you can help: Explore the many ways to volunteer online by putting your skills into action on the United Nations Volunteers website.

Where: Red Cross

The issue: During times of disaster, the Red Cross utilizes digital volunteers to monitor online discussions to find people who need help, and to share important updates on social media. If you are active on Facebook and Twitter, this could be a great opportunity for you.

How you can help: Interested in becoming a Digital Volunteer for the American Red Cross, read through the requirements, description, and apply!

Where:

  • Brookdale Grayson View
  • 29 Grayson View Court, Selinsgrove, PA 17870
  • *or connect with your local nursing home or assisted living facilities*

The issue: Grayson View is looking for penpals for their residents. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitation has been stopped.

How you can help: Letters can be written to the attention of any resident and include your return address if they want to write back and forth. Skype, FaceTime, and/or Zoom capabilities may be available for face to face interactions.

Where: Front Line Appreciation Group

The issue: Front Line Appreciation Group is a group that’s dedicated to helping feed our front line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic while also keeping our local restaurants in business.

How you can help: Find a FLAG near you, and see what initiatives they are taking to support those on the front lines in your community.

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:

Donations are also being accepted at 200 American Road, Morris Plains, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm and 435 South Street, Morristown from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Other places to find volunteer opportunities 

 

  • Catchafire –  https://www.catchafire.org/
    One of the most famous and popular online volunteer matching database. They have millions of opportunities for you to put your unique skills to good use. Additionally, they have surveyed their partners on how their needs have changed with the outbreak of COVID-19 and they have a very interesting blog post on ways you can help.

 

 

 

  1. How to get involved in virtual volunteering – https://www.idealist.org/en/careers/how-to-virtual-volunteeringhttps://www.idealist.org/en/careers/how-to-virtual-volunteering
  2. Volunteer Match – https://www.volunteermatch.org/
    Virtual and zip code searchable to find local organizations in need!
  3. All for Good – https://www.allforgood.org/

Virtual and zip code searchable to find local organizations in need!

  1.  Jersey Cares –  https://www.jerseycares.org/

Virtual and zip code searchable to find local organizations in need!

    1. Do Something – “9 Places to Volunteer Online” https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impacthttps://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact

 

  • Virtual Advocacy opportunities with Planned Parenthood

 

 

 

 

 

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