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Social Distance Doesn’t Mean Social Disconnection!
Opportunities to Serve Others while Social Distancing

 

Dear Friends,

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? During this unprecedented crisis, please stay home, take care of your family, check in on the vulnerable and lonely, donate food and/or money to local community organizations, and do your best to maintain a sense of community and solidarity. For ideas on how you can help, check out our suggestions below.

Our recommendations: 

  1. PARTICIPATE IN SHORT, VIRTUAL DIALOGUES! Students have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic - a global health crisis that has sent many students home and left others isolated and far from family. Local Voices Network (LVN), in partnership with Campus Compact, wants to collect voices and stories of students who have been singularly affected by COVID-19 and amplify them through media and advocacy. They are recruiting students in a cross-state call out from colleges and universities across Southern New England (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) representing community college, state, and public and private institutions. Register to participate in these dialogues which are organized into different groups of students affected by COVID-19: 
    • International students: With a lot of attention rightly paid on domestic students who have traveled back home after their institution's doors have closed, not enough is being heard from those who are unable to do so. International students who have remained in the United States, please share your unique perspectives with us and with one another. 
      Monday, May 18th from 5:00-6:15pm ET
    • First-generation students: Knowing that you may fall into any of these other categories, this is a space for the first-generation students to hear from one another and to process the impact of COVID-19 on yourselves, your campuses, and your communities.
      Wednesday, May 20th from 5:30-6:15pm ET
    • Students in COVID-19 affected jobs: No one is just a student, and since we have been hearing from those working (or being laid off from) jobs highly impacted by the pandemic, we want to hear from you. Students working in - or laid off from - fields such as healthcare, food access, the restaurant/service industry, gig economy, or any other essential roles.
      Tuesday, May 26th from 4:30-5:45pm ET
    • Students dealing with housing or food insecurity: You might be on campus or doubled up with friends, relying on friends or family for meals or scraping by on your own. Share your experiences and which resources you have that have been helpful and which you need.
      Wednesday, May 27th from 7:30-8:15pm ET

PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRACY 2020 YOUTH FILM CHALLENGE. Open to anyone under the age of 25, The Challenge is a unique, national film competition produced by the Civic Life Project in partnership with JusticeAid. It invites students to generate civics-oriented videos that ultimately create a groundbreaking movement for young Americans to get engaged in our Democracy and to vote – to bring young people together as a community and provide a digital platform for them to be heard.

  • Documentaries (up to 8 minutes in length)
    Please submit films that will address issues that you believe should be addressed by 2020 candidates. Your submissions should motivate future generations of citizens to engage in national elections.
  • Social Media works under 2 min
    We challenge you to produce shorter videos whose specific aim is to measurably increase youth registration and vote in 2020. You are free to use animation, documentary, interviews, testimonials or drama. Create your video for your favorite social media platform. Include a link through which your viewers pledge to vote. The video that gets the most vote pledges wins the award for best social media clip. Make it funny or make it poignant, make it sad or hopeful, but make it count!

Our objective is to generate compelling videos that will encourage young Americans to be engaged in the 2020 elections.

The Challenge will accept submissions and award cash and other prizes on a rolling basis. The winning videos will be featured in a culminating national screening and award ceremony in September 2020.

Rules & Terms https://civiclifeproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/200120-2020-DEMOCRACY-YOUTH-FILM-CHALLENGE-RULES.pdf

  1. 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.
  2. 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/
  3. 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/
  4. SHARE YOUR SKILLS WITH CHILDREN IN FALL RIVER. Create a video of yourself reading a children’s book or sharing a special skills (Can you juggle? Play an instuments? Share a hobby?). Contact Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director of United Neighbors of Fall River at wendy@unfr.org.
  5. 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/
  6. 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! The first step is to create an account, if you don’t have one, on www.volunteersouthcoast.org/umassd. Click ‘Sign up’ on the top right. To register for the Pledge, visit www.volunteersouthcoast.org/umassd and scroll down to Agency Events and click on the ‘RSVP’ button next to the SouthCoast 60 Pledge. Contact Aidan afitzsimons1@umassd.edu for help.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. HELP MAKE FACEMASKS. Do you sew? Know someone who does? https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask #millionmasks
  12. READ TO NEW BEDFORD CHILDREN. Create a video of yourself reading a children’s book for the children at Carney Academy in New Bedford. Stories in Spanish are welcome! Send your video to Principal Maria Reidy (mreidy@newbedfordschools.org) who will share it on their Facebook page.
  13. 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
  14. 25 VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES. Operation Warm reminds us… 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/
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. MAKE A MONETARY DONATION. Here are some great places to donate:
    Locally/SouthCoast region:
    Nationally/Globally:   

Make sure you take care of yourself and stay on top of your coursework. Stay healthy; stay connected!

Your friends at the Leduc Center

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