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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

We will be working remotely until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance send an email to info@volunteerhoward.org

Volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available. Check back periodically and also follow our Facebook page

In this ever changing environment, follow the guidance of local authorities to protect yourselves and our community. Thank you.

 

What can you do?

As we support the health and well-being of our communities through social isolation, we recognize that the desire to help others by giving back remains strong. In addition, the needs of our neighbors and communities grow in times of crisis.

As in all times of disaster:

  • Do NOT self-deploy. It is extremely important to adhere to the social isolation directive of the County Executive, Governor and President. 

  • Follow directions from local jurisdictions.

  • Check in with family, friends, neighbors and those without internet or social media access.

  • Provide cash donations to established local relief organizations. Cash is preferred. It assists the local economy and allows for the purchase of items in bulk and requested items.  HOCORespond.com

  • Learn more about assisting in times of disaster.

Currently there are very few posted opportunities to volunteer.  Know established relief organizations may find themselves overwhelmed with well intended volunteers and are NOT requesting additional volunteers. The necessity of social distancing and limited gathering size presents challenges and limitations.

Donate blood - The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage.  Healthy individuals who are feeling well are needed to donate now. 

We ask those interested in volunteering to register with us as a volunteer and complete the skills profile. Completing the skills profile will allow us to know the skills of our volunteers and be able to reach out to you if those skills are needed.

Volunteer Center staff are working remotely to serve our local non-profits as they serve the community.   Volunteer opportunities will be posted as they become available. Check back periodically for volunteer needs and also follow our Facebook page. 

Governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/ (governor.maryland.gov/marylandunites/)

Looking For Ways to Serve During COVID-19? 

Acts of Kindness

 

Additional information and resources:

Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism  (gosv.maryland.gov/coronavirus-resources/)

Howard County, MD Updates (https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Countywide-Updates)

Howard County Health Departmentt (www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls)

Ready.gov  (https://www.ready.gov)

 

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Virtual Opportunities

Knitters & Crocheters

Volunteers needed to knit or crochet handmade scarves. Scarves can be any color or pattern, but must be able to fit in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag when folded (about 6"x60".) Scarves can be mailed to or dropped-off at 515 South Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, or they can be dropped off at the Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD 21044. If you drop them off at the Bain Center, please clearly mark them for Meals on Wheels.

Through10/31/20

Let the Music Play! (Virtual Opportunity)

Calling all musicians and vocalists! We LOVE music at Winter Growth and invite you to record and share your musical talents with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Videos can be sent to colleen.konstanzer@wintergrowthinc.org. Once received, we’ll upload the videos to our YouTube channel, where they can be accessed and enjoyed by our residents as well as by our Day Program participants who are sheltering at home. Thank you for the smiles you'll bring!

Through6/30/20

Pen Pal (Virtual Opportunity)

We are looking for virtual pen pals to connect with the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. Write a note about a favorite vacation, share a silly story about a pet, tell us what life was like growing up in your neighborhood, or discuss anything else you’d like to share. The “letters” can be emailed to penpal.columbia@wintergrowthinc.org.

Through6/30/20

Host a Virtual Bone Marrow Drive on Behalf of There Goes My Hero

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, There Goes My Hero is looking for volunteers to run virtual bone marrow drives. Volunteers can order kits online and people can sign up with simple cheek swabs. Joining the registry can save lives! Since TGMH is unable to do in-person drives at the moment, virtual drives have never been more important. Volunteers can help organize swabbings from the comfort of their own homes, and all expenses are paid. To sign up/learn more please contact Executive Director Mary Kaye DiUbaldo at mary.kaye@theregoesmyhero.org. We hope that you'll help us continue to make sure that blood cancer patients in need of a transplant can get one.

Through5/10/20

Volunteer Center

6310 Hillside Ct.
Columbia, MD 21046 
410-715-3172