Students will be done with finals soon and thinking about ways to volunteer over the holiday break. Covid 19 makes everything more challenging. But there is good news. The VolunteerCrowd team has the inside scoop on virtual volunteering or safe, socially-distant service projects. Nonprofits and the community members they serve need your help.
Grab your friends, family, youth group, school, or club members (we mean virtually, of course) and start volunteering. What better time to show leadership, compassion, and build skills you’ll need to help yourself and others? When the pandemic is over you can remember how you were a part of helping others not only survive, but even thrive, during a difficult holiday season. Don’t forget you can always contact us with your volunteer questions or requests.
Students of all ages can lead a clothing donation drive to help their peers. Sometimes children and teens arrive at this organization’s facilities with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. You can help by providing gathering and shipping or dropping of essential items. Teens who are ages 13-17 living in shelters have an on-going need for personal use items. You can also volunteer to hold a seasonal drive and provide items for Easter baskets, Mother’s/Father’s Day baskets or Thanksgiving dinner baskets.
Want to know how to make a child smile? Student volunteers can sew comfortable and fun binkies (blankets) and create comfort and joy for a young child. Your creative blanket may be all that a child needs to forget about stressful things they may be experiencing. Grab some fabric, needle, thread, and friends to create something your new little friend can hold during good times and not-so-good times.
Energetic volunteers with leadership skills can organize food drives and collect unopened, nonperishable food items for struggling families. The timing could not be better as more families face food insecurity because of the pandemic. Food drives help this organization stock a wider variety of foods in their pantries during peak times and year-round. Grab a group of friends, family, or group/club members to help you collect items.
Literacy student volunteer interns work with special-need learners to supporting their education and skill development. You will help will help with reading, writing, and comprehension. If you are studying AP Psychology or AP Literature or Composition and thinking about a career in education, this service project is a great fit. You’ll help a student develop life-long skills as you apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world.
High school students with digital talents can keep seniors entertained with a cool playlist. That’s just the beginning. Volunteers can host a screening of classic movies, use creative writing skills and write a story or poem, put graphic designs skills to use, or help out with the organization’s blog. High school AP English or AP 2D and 3D art students have endless service project ideas.
Youth volunteers of all ages can say “Thank you” to our military by writing letters of gratitude. This is something fun that you can do on your own, with friends or with any group. Can’t think of what to say? No problem! Design a card or draw a picture!
This organization sends packages each year to Deployed Troops, Veterans,New Recruits & First Responders. Of all the items included in these Care Packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation!
Students have the perfect opportunity to gather a group together and get directly involved in bringing much-needed supplies to homeless citizens. This opportunity involved you or your group hosting a drive to create Care Packages (hygiene, snacks) or Welcome Home Kits (household items). This is a great way to show your leadership skills and support preventative health practices while Covid-19.
More Opportunities to Make an Impact
VolunteerCrowd is supporting students, parents, guidance counselors, and college consultants through the Covid-19 pandemic. We work with nonprofits throughout the US to find virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Read our inaugural post: Student Volunteering in the Age of Coronavirus. Learn which nonprofits support 55M students who are trying to learn remotely by reading Teen and College Virtual Volunteers Needed. Learn how to help isolated seniors with cards, calls, and supply drop-offs. Check back with us on the VolunteerCrowd blog or contact us if you have a specific question.