Social Distance Doesn’t Mean Social Disconnection!
Opportunities to Serve Others while Social Distancing
The separation the coronavirus entails has created many challenges to our communities; however, these challenges are also opportunities to help those in need and build a better community. Now, more than ever, your communities need you. Aside from the normal needs, new needs have arisen. Did you know there are MANY ways you can help from the comfort of your home? For ideas on how you can help, check out our suggestions below.
- MAKE SURE EVERYONE COUNTS IN THE 2020 CENSUS. Some communities could miss out on their fair share. LGBTQ communities, people of color, immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, rural communities people with low incomes, renters, single-parents households, people with limited English proficiency, and young children are hard to count. But we can help change that. Visit https://accelerate.census.gov/ and https://www.creativesforthecount.org/get-involved/ to find out how you can help make a difference in the 2020 census.
- REGISTER TO VOTE. Young people are the largest underrepresented voting bloc in the U.S. When you vote, you have the power to elect representatives who will vote and enact policies you care about, that effect your life. If you care about racial justice, environmental justice, student debt, or any other issue, VOTE FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL ENACT POLICIES RELATED TO THOSE ISSUES. Register to vote at umassd.turbovote.org.
PROTECT THE 2020 ELECTION FROM CORONAVIRUS. Democracy doesn't stop during a pandemic. Here are 10 resources to help you get involved in the 2020 election while staying safe and healthy. http://ysa.org/vote/
FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE. Visit the Leduc Center for a list of resources about what you can do to make your community more equitable from your desktop and more.
BE A CARNEY COACH: VIRTUAL HOMEWORK ASSISTANT. Join the Leduc Center's Carney Coaches and support one of New Bedford's elementary school, Sgt. William H. Carney Memorial Academy. As a Carney Coach, you will provide 2 hours of virtual homework support to elementary school students in our local community. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
TAKE THE UMASSD SOUTHCOAST 60 SERVICE PLEDGE. Complete 60 hours of service in a year and get RECOGNIZED and REWARDED for your effort. Online volunteering counts!
REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT WITH THE ECOCHALLENGE. Create more environmental and social good alongside your peers and thousands of global changemakers this October 7th-28th during The People's Ecochallenge. Take the challenge, and connect the dots between your values and the impact of your actions. Join Team UMassD Cares at https://peoples.ecochallenge.org/participants/join?referral_code=61c0ffe2-6ea5-4151-b3d7-e5b517692af0&team_invitation=true. For more information, contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE YOUR CREATIVE SKILLS. Looking for a way to help? Need a creative distraction? Getting sick can be lonely and scary. You can help with #GETWELLWORLD a Global Art Project to Support Patients with COVID19 sponsored by You Will Rise Project https://youwillriseproject.com/getwellworld/
HELP THOSE IN CRISIS. Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely - anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/
CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMON GOOD. Visit http://ysa.org/covid/ for a list of 10 GREAT ideas and resources on how we can help. Let’s all do our part, so when this crisis is over, we’re proud of how we came together.
ORGANIZE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Learn how to set up your own “neighborhood pod” to pool your community’s resources, help each other, and create solidarity! https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1j8ADhLEuKNDZ1a_opmzudywJPKMXcNKu01V1xY2MiIA/mobilebasic You can also join a Mutual Aid Network. Search for a local one.
MAKE REAL WORLD IMPACT. Do Something has a useful list of connections for online volunteering. https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact
HELP THE RED CROSS VIRTUALLY. For a wide range of volunteer opportunities where volunteers can engage remotely, type “virtual” in the search bar to find virtual/volunteer from home positions. https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=rco_opportunity_browse_list
HELP MAKE FACEMASKS. Do you sew? Know someone who does? https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask #millionmasks
SHARE YOUR LISTENING SKILLS.com provides free 24/7 emotional support to others via online chat. Want to help by becoming a listener? Sign up at https://www.7cups.com/listener/become-a-volunteer-listener.php
CHECK OUT OPERATION WARM: VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Virtual volunteering is a convenient way to help a great cause. You just need to click on a link and get started. https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/25-volunteer-jobs-to-do-from-home/
CHECK OUT 27 VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Volunteer with a variety of different local, national, and international organizations and institutions from the comfort of your home. Organizations include TED Talks, the Smithsonian, and much more. Just follow the link to check it out! https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/virtual-volunteer-opportunities.html
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device – by volunteering online. https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
CATALOG COMMENTS FOR THE BIG COMMENT CATALOG. Cataloging can be a welcome distraction! To learn more and sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/view/title-ix-comment-count/home.
BUILD A MORE IDEAL WORLD. Idealist.org has a great list of virtual volunteer opportunities to help build a world where everyone can lead free and dignified lives. https://www.idealist.org/en/careers/how-to-virtual-volunteering
MAKE A MONETARY DONATION. Here are some great places to donate:
- Step 1. Type umassd.turbovote.org into the browser on your phone or computer.
- Step 2. Answer the questions. (NOTE: You will need a government-issued ID number if registering for the first time or changing your address/political party)
- Step 3. Already registered? Go to the link, and answer the questions. TurboVote will send you reminder about upcoming elections, your polling place, and help in requesting an absentee ballot (if needed)
*To learn more or join the UMassD Votes Coalition, contact Student Government Association President Liz Anusauskas (email@example.com)
Make sure you take care of yourself and stay on top of your coursework. Stay healthy; stay connected!
Your friends at the Leduc Center