Volunteering During the Pandemic

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Volunteering is more important than ever! Employers will want to see that you were productive during the pandemic. Plus volunteering helps your community, and it has benefits for you too.

It may be harder to find volunteer opportunities during the pandemic, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t find any opportunities at all. Depending on where you live, there may be plenty of opportunities for you to serve your community safely.

  • Food banks need volunteers to sort and distribute food. They also need volunteers to deliver food to senior citizens or make fundraising phone calls from home. Find a food bank near you by searching the Feeding America website.
  • Volunteer virtually: search Volunteer Match, CatchaFire, Idealist for virtual volunteer opportunities – especially in demand are graphic design, writing, and web design.
  • Help people who are blind or have low levels of vision. Be My Eyes pairs sighted people with people that need visual assistance. As a sighted volunteer you can help with anything from checking expiration dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings.
  • Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents more accessible by transcribing field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, photo albums, manuscripts, and more.
  • Look for a Mutual Aid Group in your community. Mutual aid groups offer opportunities for communities to connect, both virtually and in person, to support one another and share resources.
  • Give blood at the Red Cross. Make an appointment online at Redcrossblood.org
  • Search for more opportunities on these websites Points of LightVolunteer Match, The United Way, or Habitat for Humanity, or contact your college’s Department of Student Life.


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