(SPM Wire) The economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have created instability for many. Looking for ways to give back? Consider these socially distant volunteer ideas:
- By hosting a virtual fundraiser, you can support a non-profit organization and amplify its work while connecting with friends and family during an unusual holiday season. To get people excited about the cause, go beyond simply asking for donations. For example, host a dance-a-thon to be conducted over video conference and have each participant rally to get sponsors. Or, perform a concert and live stream it, asking friends to make a donation in order to watch.
- Spread holiday cheer by donating toys, books, games, and other gifts to kids who may not otherwise receive gifts this season. Just be sure to review the policies of the organization you select. For example, some charities ask that gifts remain unwrapped. At the same time, look for drop-off sites that allow you to donate in a safe, socially distant way.
- Older adults often lead isolated lives, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated these circumstances. Unfortunately, isolation and loneliness can lead to depression and a number of other health risks. Become a pen pal to an older adult in your community. Whether you write to each other with handwritten cards and letters or you use video conferencing, your friendship will provide much-needed connection.