Across America and around the world, we are witnessing the true spirit of caring for others as our colleagues, friends, and neighbors align to ensure all are safe and secure and have access to necessities during the COVID-19 outbreak/pandemic. Business Volunteers joins the extended community in our commitment to supporting those in need during this unsettling time.
For eighteen years, we have made connections between those in need through our nonprofit partners and the business community. We have a profound appreciation for the ways in which individuals seek to engage in the community and a deep understanding of the variety of causes seeking support. But, how do we support these organizations while caring for our families and community by staying home?
Business Volunteers has been compiling virtual and remote opportunities on our new, real-time platform, communityCONNECT. While many of the opportunities fulfill immediate needs related to COVID-19, there are other remote volunteer projects that are impactful any time of year.
Engaging in volunteer projects helps individuals, especially children, build empathy and develop leadership skills while promoting personal wellbeing and happiness. In a time when selfcare is paramount, at-home volunteer activities provide a welcomed break in a monotonous routine.
Some of our favorite at home volunteer projects are:
Now more than ever, vulnerable populations need access to basic necessitates that promote health and good hygiene. Package shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, socks, toothpaste, and a toothbrush in a Ziploc bag. You can also include non-alcoholic mouthwash or other items such as a comb, Band-Aids, and Chapstick. Consider making a version with feminine hygiene products as well. Before sealing the bag, write an inspirational note or card to let the recipient know that you are thinking of them. Asylee Women Enterprise will accept toiletry kits and deliver them to their clients.
Many shelters in the Baltimore region have placed animals with foster families for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, these furry friends could always use a fun toy to enjoy while waiting for their forever family. Since you are already cleaning out your closets and garages, use old t-shirts and tennis balls to create the perfect tug of war rope. Check out these easy instructions! When completed, reach out to Baltimore Human Society or BARCS to coordinate your donation drop off.
Great Reads Bookmarks
Channeling your creativity is a great way to stay productive during a stay-at-home order. Celebrate and share the joy of literacy by giving handmade bookmarks to a local organization. We recommend donating your works of art to the Maryland Book Bank or Village Learning Place. Cut paper into 8.5 inch by 2-inch strips. Color them, write inspirational quotes, add ribbons or stickers. Be creative! Don’t forget to reach out to the organizations before dropping off your donations as employees may be working remotely.
Generation On, a Points of Light Enterprise, provides project suggestions, instructions, material lists and reflection questions to help guide the experience for you and your family. We recommend referring to this resource or communityCONNECT when looking for a fun, easy at home project. As you complete projects, tag Business Volunteers on Facebook and Instagram! We want to see what you are doing to be a #LocalLight during COVID-19.
Safety Note: Please make sure you wash your hands before and after you work on your projects and practice social distancing when making donation drop offs.
Photos from MDSDAT, Service at Stevenson, The Spruce Craft