Many of you might be looking for ways that you can help with the COVID-19 response. There are many options to do so, either online from the comfort of your home, or out in society. The coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing struggle that we must all work together to beat.
1 . Volunteer online with the UN
The United Nations Volunteer Program is dedicated to development and peace, providing volunteering opportunities all over the world. In response to COVID-19, many new volunteering roles are available. Plenty of these opportunities allow you to volunteer online. When you volunteer online, you’ll be prioritizing your own health and well-being, while still contributing to the COVID-19 response. There are a wide variety of roles on the site including fundraising to help Nigerians suffering food shortages; and assistance with water sanitation proposals.
2. Community support
New York State Health are looking for individuals to fill community support roles. NYS are looking for ‘Contract Tracers’, this position involves reaching out to the recent contacts of those diagnosed with Coronavirus. As a Contract Tracer you’d be making sure that individuals comply with quarantine rules and defining any social support needs. NYS are also looking for ‘Community Support Specialists’, these roles involve defining and meeting the needs of people in self-isolation.
As well as community support, many retired or out of practice medical workers are returning to work to help with COVID-19. Whether you are looking for COVID based roles, or other positions in medicine, try the following career search tool for internal medicine specialists.
3. Sew your own face masks
Across the globe, many nurses and doctors have experienced a shortage of PPE equipment. Members of the public have also been left unable to purchase face masks. In response to the shortage, individuals have been sewing their own face masks and using social media to promote and distribute. It’s advisable to first donate your masks to medical professionals, and secondly to the public who are in need. If you don’t know the first thing about sewing, there are several tutorials online to make a ‘no-sew face mask’.
4. Donate to COVID-19 funding
If you’re looking to donate to the COVID-19 response, try the Give Directly’s COVID-19 Cash Program. The program has teamed up with Propel, who work on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or food stamps). Give Directly and Propel have been working together to get money directly to the recipients of food stamps. So far Give Directly has given every eligible household a pay out of $1,000. During these tough times many have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. It’s causes like these which are helping to offer much needed support.
5. Volunteer with mental health services
As the pandemic has unfolded, many individuals are experiencing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Those with existing mental health issues, may well be experiencing a worsening of their symptoms. Mental Health America is one of the leading mental health charities in the USA. Check out their website for opportunities to volunteer or to donate.
If you do take on a volunteering role, ensure that you maintain your well being throughout the coronavirus. During times of stress such as these, a healthy lifestyle and practicing self-care is crucial.