The Fairbanks School of Public Health has coauthored this blog post with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, which includes guidelines and a tip sheet for volunteers.
With the coronavirus pandemic the world is facing, the need for volunteers and community activism is growing. Many individuals and families are without jobs or steady income, or unable to find food and other basic needs due to business/school closures and store shortages.
Not only are nonprofits, churches and community organizations around the nation stepping up, but kindhearted people who simply want to make a difference are eager to find ways to give back. At a time when the nation is urged to practice social distancing, is volunteering safe? The short answer is ‘yes – as safe as we make it.’
As you consider donating your time, efforts or resources, there are precautions you can take to help you and those you encounter remain healthy and safe. Read on to find out how you can make an impact during this immense time of need, as well as specific ways you can contribute in Indiana (if you’re in other cities or states, check out your local or state government’s website, or look into resources at your local United Way and/or community foundation).