National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers across the U.S. who keep our organizations running and communities happy. Celebrate the impact of volunteers who give their time, money, and voice to make a difference during National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, 2020.
As a global pandemic brings America to its knees, volunteers across the country are stepping up and continuing to help organizations and communities that inspire them to serve. Although many Americans are in quarantine, there are still many ways you can give back to the community from the comfort of your own home. We may be socially distant, but we are all in this together.
Now more than ever, food banks across the country need your help. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment in America has skyrocketed, schools have closed, and non-essential businesses have been shut down, thus increasing the demand for food banks throughout the U.S. Food banks are nonprofit organizations that need volunteers to survive and succeed. Depending on the food bank, a $1 donation provides around two to five meals, and easy to do online without leaving your home. There are many different food banks out there that could use your help.
Blood donations will always be needed to help save lives. It is very important that people continue to donate blood even during this global pandemic. In March, COVID-19 created an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations causing the American Red Cross to report that the country is facing a severe blood shortage.
Blood collection agencies are following strict safety protocols during the donation process to ensure that the employees and donors are safe. If you are healthy and able to donate blood, visit www.redcrossblood.org and type in your zip code to find the closest blood donation center.
Make a Donation
For the past 100 years, American Legion Auxiliary members have been on the front lines when it comes to lending a helping hand. During these times of adversity, we need to continue the legacy of Service not Self.
Now more than ever, it’s critical that we continue to support our fellow American Legion Auxiliary members who are in the greatest need. And we need your help. You can make a difference by making a donation to the Auxiliary Emergency Fund at www.ALAforVeterans.org/Donate.
Help a Hospital
Hospitals across the country are running low on personal protective equipment, and other necessary items to keep health care workers safe. They are seeking items like N95 respirator masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, face shields, and protective gowns. If you happen to have extra supplies at your home, or see some at the store, call your local hospital or donation center to ask if and how they are accepting donations. Some hospitals are even asking for homemade face masks.
Check in on Someone
Millions of Americans have been confined to their homes in order to follow the social distancing guidelines issued throughout the country. Staying isolated from friends, family, and co-workers can cause a serious impact on a person’s mental health.
Now is the time to check in on your loved ones who are isolated. You will never know what someone is going through until you reach out and ask them how they are. Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.