Finding Safe Opportunities to Volunteer During the COVID-19 Crisis

As a home for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate allies engaged in every kind of charitable endeavor, Independent Sector is proud to advance the work of volunteers across the country. We have presented the blog series, Reimagining Volunteerism & Service, to further advance the national dialogue on volunteerism and national service, and explore different policy solutions in 2020 and beyond.

Throughout this series, Independent Sector has invited diverging voices to explore the power and potential of volunteerism. From a broad look at the value volunteers bring to organizations, to the data behind our country’s declining volunteerism rates, and the need to center racial equity in the design of volunteerism policy, this series has shed new light on what it means to volunteer.

Note on the Series:

With the context of COVID-19 in mind, Independent Sector is pausing this series for the time being. We continue to be committed to advocating for federal policies regarding volunteerism and will continue to advance this conversation.

But right before the series pause, we heard from VolunteerMatch CEO Greg Baldwin, who elaborates on how we can volunteer safely amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to share your reactions and thoughts to this piece in the comments box below.

Finding Safe Opportunities to Volunteer During the COVID-19 Crisis

In this blog, Greg Baldwin describes how VolunteerMatch created a virtual community to share volunteering resources, and helped create tools for nonprofits to offer virtual volunteering. As a volunteer, you can visit VolunteerMatch’s brand new virtual opportunities panel. Read Greg’s piece here to learn more about how VolunteerMatch adapted so quickly to guide nonprofits and volunteers at this time.

To learn more about volunteering during COVID-19, join us for a webinar at 2 pm on April 29th. You can register and find the recording here.

Greg Baldwin is the CEO of VolunteerMatch, aiming to strengthen communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Independent Sector.

What did you think? If you have a reaction or suggestions related to this piece, please leave us a comment below.

Types: Blog
Global Topics: Civil Society, COVID-19 Response, Ethics and Accountability, Health and Human Services, IS Member, Leadership Development, Organizational Relationships, Volunteerism
  • Katharine Danner

    How do I enter the “Finding Safe Opportunities to Volunteer” program?

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