National Volunteer Week April 18th – 25th, 2021
In person & Virtual Opportunities
National Volunteer Week takes place April 18th- April 25th, 2021! After a year in a pandemic, the need to give back to the community is now more than ever. While keeping you and those around you safe, here are a few volunteer opportunities within our tri-county area during National Volunteer Week!
Here are some opportunities to bring the excitement of National Volunteer Week to your community.
How to Celebrate National Volunteer Week COVID-19 Friendly
Donate Donate Donate!
Are you looking to get rid of some clothes? Or have a few extra supplies around? Head on over to your local shelter or hospital/healthcare facilities! Find any gently used or unworn clothes that you no longer wear and take them to a local shelter. Goodwill is continuing their drive-up options; some locations are limiting donations to 1 or 2 bags. However, don’t you worry! Take the opportunity to try and donate to smaller locations that need more donations than larger corporations. For reference, check out Mustard Seed. https://mustardseedfla.org/get-involved/donate-furniture-and-clothing/
Many healthcare facilities accept any packaged donations in addition to clothes, including masks, gloves, earplugs, pain relief, chapstick, cold medicine, etc. Any items not taken can quickly be dropped off at your local shelter to be distributed into the community. Share the wealth and donate a care package to a local nursing home or healthcare facility today!
Aspire Health Partners:
Aspire Health Partners is a nonprofit behavioral healthcare organization. Florida’s largest Behavioral Health Non-Profit provides services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. They are currently accepting volunteers for beautification/outdoor activities to ensure everyone is at a safe and social distance. If you are interested in getting outside and beautifying your community, this may be the opportunity for you! Find more about Aspire Health Partners here: https://aspirehealthpartners.com/
Second Harvest Food Bank: Volunteering at your local food banks is always a rewarding and inspiring experience. Grab your team, family, or friends and head over to a food bank in your local area! In Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank is open and taking volunteers. Shifts are capped at 30 volunteers per shift, then split into groups of 10 inside the warehouse. Face masks and temperature checks are REQUIRED. Find more about Second Harvest Food Bank here: https://www.feedhopenow.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=ways_involved_volunteer
How to Celebrate National Volunteer Week Virtually
Here are a few options for celebrating Volunteer Week virtually!
Invite different members of your family or community to record them creating their favorite family recipe! This is a great way to stay connected and to share some yummy recipes. Take a step further and organize a virtual potluck where everyone can eat and enjoy each other in a safe and fun manner!
Neighbor Care Packages
Miss seeing your neighbors or those in your community? Get the whole family together and create small care packages for the elderly or even home-bound community members. Add some special touches to each package and attach a small note or card for them to enjoy. This will showcase that volunteering can start right in your neighborhood!
VRC is here to help you volunteer during this year’s National Volunteer Week! If you are interested in any of the opportunities above and wish to obtain further information, please contact Toni Johns at email@example.com or visit https://www.nea.org/professional-excellence/student-engagement/read-across-america. We hope you have a safe and eventful week of volunteering!