Mental Wellness: Giving back under quarantine

Volunteer Opportunities

We hope you are all doing your part by staying home and washing your hands frequently to help slow the curve of COVID-19. If you are looking for more ideas on how you can help please read below. A very special thank you to Nancy Marks ( Artist and Community Service Learning Coordinator at Tufts for sharing many of these ideas! Please note: ASDA does not endorse and has not evaluated the charities on this list.

Can you sew? Make additional masks for healthcare workers. Check out this YouTube tutorial:

Read more about the mask shortage:

Worried about your pets? Human Society has you covered.

Don’t have a pet? GET ONE or foster a pet. Check in with your local shelter. Many are short staffed of shutting down and need additional fur-foster moms and dads.

Find a shelter near you:

Virtual Opportunities

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  1. Search for short and long-term project using your skills
  2. Volunteer to be an Online Ambassador with Ark of Hope for Children.
  3. Volunteer to Translate with Translators without Borders.
  4. Give well-deserved Treats for Troops through Soldiers Angels Treats for Troops.
  5. Be an online emotional support person at 7 Cups.
  6. Help kids in need when you organize an online fundraiser for Operation Warm.
  7. Make a global difference with the United Nations.
  8. Lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low vision people. Visit Be My Eyes.
  9. Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
  10. Sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.
  11. Proofread ebooks for Project Gutenberg.
  12. Track bird populations with eBird.
  13. Answer texts from people in crisis using active listening and collaborative problem solving with Crisis Text Line.
  14. Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
  15. Record audiobooks for Librivox.
  16. Transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian.
  17. Send a card, letter or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy. Apply at Chemo Angels.
  18. Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology through VocaliD.
  19. Provide learning and encouragement to children around the world via Skype and the Granny Cloud website.
  20. Test, evaluate or develop elements of the National Park Service’s online presence.
  21. Raise money in a virtual world with The American Cancer Society and Second Life.
  22. Develop video games to help App to Succeed teach youth in need how to make good financial decisions.
  23. Train others in technology to help overcome poverty with Right Here at Home.
  24. Share social media posts and important announcements for Operation Warm. Email Mary Ann.
  25. Help Harvard researchers learn the best ways to break down stereotypes by taking tests with Project Implicit.
  26. Look at satellite images of storm and help researchers predict cyclone behavior with Cyclone Center.

Raise money by bringing your community together virtually for local charities:

  • Choose a charity that needs support: Create a challenge—such as, how many pushups can you do in 90 seconds…Ask folks to pledge an amount per push up!  Set a date and time for folks to do the activity from home. And then let the games begin! People report in how many –or you can do them live on Zoom. Collect the money via Venmo and then send in one check!
  • Get a Zoom account: ask invite 10 friends to a sing-a-long from home. Collect a certain amount of money via Venmo ($10 – $20?) for a particular charity.  Set a time, send out a song list with lyrics and have a great time! 

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