Service at Home – 8 Ways to Volunteer in Quarantine

By Sarah Koch

Even though our service opportunities outside of the house are limited right now, there are still plenty of ways for the community of Assumption to volunteer from home.  Here’s a list of 8 ideas to get you started:

  1. Complete the Season of Mercy Bingo Card from Mrs. Steutermann! It’s full of ways to educate yourself and others about the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, and you get family points for completing the squares!
  2. Sew cloth face masks! If you know how to sew, this is a great way to get your service hours in and help protect our community from COVID-19.  Cloth masks can be donated to a variety of organizations.  A sewing machine is generally recommended to use, but you can also make them by hand.  Here are some links to different patterns:
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html
    2. https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/how-to-sew-soft-and-stretchy-face-masks-easy-to-breathe-through-free-sewing-pattern
    3. https://sarahmaker.com/how-to-sew-a-surgical-face-mask-for-hospitals-free-pattern/
  3. Sign up to be a peer tutor! This is a great way to use your academic skills to help others.  You can volunteer through Assumption’s Achievement Center, or through an outside organization such as https://learntobe.org/ or https://schoolonwheels.org/.  Additionally, you can volunteer to tutor kids from St. Raphael or another school in the area through Zoom if you’re in direct communication with a local family.
  4. Make tie blankets to donate to Blanket Louisville or Hip Hop Cares! Tie blankets are fairly easy to make and don’t require any sewing.  You can find a tutorial here.  Visit blanketlouisville.org or Hip Hop Care’s Facebook page to find more details!
  5. Take groceries to your local Little Free Pantry. There are many pantries around Louisville—here’s a list of locations!  These pantries serve those who can’t afford to buy groceries every week.  Canned goods and other non-perishables are preferred, and you can also donate supplies such as face masks, paper towels, and toiletries.
  6. Host a socially distanced drive for food, winter coats, PPE, or other supplies to donate to an organization you’re passionate about. Have people drop
  7.  off items on your porch, then after a month or so of collecting, bring them to the charity of your choice!
  8. Volunteer for a virtual story time through Volunteer Crowd! The process is simple—just record yourself reading aloud a book for 15-20 minutes, and Volunteer Crowd will post it on their Facebook page and website.  For more information and to sign up, click here.
  9. Last, but not least: sign up for a service such as VolunteerMatch. This site and similar organizations help pair you with volunteer opportunities that match your age and skill set.  There are great virtual options for quarantine, as well as in-person opportunities for when things start to go back to normal.

 

Remember, this is only the start!  There are many more ways to volunteer from home this year.  Try to focus on helping others rather than just getting your required hours—it’s what true service and the Season of Mercy are all about.

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