How and Where to Volunteer During the Coronavirus Pandemic
With minimal effort, you can help others in need due to coronavirus—while lifting your own spirits, too.
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How to Help From Home
For those who don’t want to or can't break their quarantine, there are plenty of options to volunteer from home.
The NYC-based organization DOROT connects people with the elderly to talk to on the phone or over video chat. Similarly, Alone is an organization that helps the elderly feel less lonely—telephone volunteers call and check in on them at least two hours each week. And Heights and Hills is soliciting volunteers to check in on isolated seniors in Brooklyn via phone.
Be My Eyes app pairs the blind and visually impaired with volunteers via a video call in order to assist with everyday tasks (think reading a recipe on the back of a box).
If you’re feeling steady on the mental health front, donate your time to a crisis textline or hotline where you can help people struggling with issues like domestic violence, child abuse, suicidal ideation or other crisis that have become worse during the pandemic.
How to Donate Blood During Coronavirus
Whether or not you’ve had the Coronavirus, your blood can help others recover from Covid19, as well as other injuries and disorders.
The New York Blood Center needs blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, and is partnering with Mt. Sinai Health System to transfer that blood to patients still fighting the virus. The procedure has shown that patients who've received a transfusion saw their health improve. If you’ve had the virus, find out where to give blood.
If you’re healthy, the American Red Cross encourages you to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at redcrossblood.org to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid any potential shortages.
Volunteer Your Skills
Specific abilities are needed all over New York—from coding and research to tutoring
If you can program, help Code for America’s volunteer “brigades” make technology accessible and safe for local communities. 80,000 Hours is looking for skilled researchers interested in helping to fight the pandemic: Their database of career and volunteering opportunities has a diverse range of options.
Now that schools are closed, students need tutors and mentors. If that sounds like something you have the skill set for, you can volunteer through iCouldBe, a student mentorship program.