This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week, an opportunity to thank the volunteers in our community and to consider providing support when we can. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to support our neighbors and community. The best way to help your community during this difficult time is by maintaining social distancing and following Safer at Home guidelines to reduce the impact of COVID-19. However, there are also many opportunities for you to responsibly volunteer.
“Community organizations are seeing an unprecedented number of volunteer cancellations and are pivoting to create virtual and safer local opportunities such as making masks, staffing crisis and helplines, sending cards to senior citizens and health care workers, and delivering meals,” says Cristina Johnson, assistant director of civic engagement and communications at the Morgridge Center. “Other important ways to help are in-kind and financial contributions, advocacy, and committing to taking action as soon as the Safer at Home order is lifted.”
There are endless ways to stand up and make an impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Morgridge Center for Public Service has provided volunteering resources and other ways to safely help during this time. See them below:
General Resources: https://morgridge.wisc.edu/covid-19/
Other Service: https://morgridge.wisc.edu/covid-19/pathways-to-service/
“At the Center for Leadership & Involvement, we’d like to appreciate and acknowledge those who are actively addressing challenging social issues – including efforts to support our communities responsibly during the pandemic,” explains Mark Kueppers, assistant dean and director of CfLI. “Purposeful action is part of the Wisconsin Experience, and we are proud of the long-standing tradition of Badgers stepping up and giving back. We encourage our community to responsibly engage in the act of leadership by serving our community in a time of great need.”
As always, go to covid19.wisc.edu for updates, resources, and support around the COVID-19 pandemic and the Safer at Home order.