Coronavirus (Covid19) Info & Volunteering Opportunities

It has been a year+ since my last post. A lot has happened in the past year, but nothing can be compared to the current pandemic, coronavirus aka Covid19. It is only a quarter into the year 2020 now, but Covid19 has heavily impacted people’s lives everywhere. What we all took for granted, freedom to go anywhere we want, freedom to eat whatever we want, freedom to socialize with anyone and everyone, are all seemingly on hold as social distancing becomes the norm.

With only essential workers heading to work, and only essential businesses open, volunteering opportunities are limited. I am hoping to share Covid websites with good information on this blog post and any related volunteering opportunities that organizations need to help others out during this time. There are many remote volunteering opportunities available that can be done safely at your own homes. Of course, there are also volunteering opportunities that are not remote, but make sure you follow the rules and regulation set forth in your local communities before venturing out. I’ll keep updating this post as I find more information and opportunities. Please email me at weekendvolunteering@gmail.com if you have any recommendations.

Remember: Staying at home to volunteer is the best option at this time, but if you do want to help out in person, please follow your local government rules and regulations first and foremost. Do stay home if you are sick OR if you have contact with anyone that is sick or may be sick.

I.Coronavirus Information

What is Coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19)?
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Coronavirus: Safety Tips For You
https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/coronavirus-safety-and-readiness-tips-for-you.html

Coronavirus disease: Symptoms & Causes; Diagnosis & Treatment
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/symptoms-causes/syc-20479963

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: When and how to use masks
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks

Mail, groceries, and takeout: How to be sanitary with stuff you’re bringing home https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/3/27/21195819/mail-groceries-takeout-packages-delivery-clean-sanitize-wipe-outside-coronavirus

How Safe Is It To Eat Takeout?
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/08/822903487/how-safe-is-it-to-eat-take-out

II.Volunteering Opportunities:

Volunteer Match 
Various virtual volunteering opportunities
https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering

United Nations 
Online volunteering opportunities in various areas like writing/editing, translation, research, project development, etc.
https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en

Red Cross
Looking for volunteers for blood donation and delivery support, disaster response & relief, and volunteering from home (virtual opportunities)
https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/urgent-need-for-volunteers.html

Houston Food Bank
Looking for volunteers to help with various projects and delivery
https://www.houstonfoodbank.org/covid19/

Meals On Wheel
Volunteers for deliveries, the kitchen, and other opportunities
https://meals-on-wheels.com/volunteer/

Plant It Forward
Looking for volunteers to help on the farm, Food Hub, and remotely
https://plant-it-forward.org/community-involvement/

Remote Area Medical
Non-clinical administrative volunteers are needed to help staff COVID-19 drive-through testing sites
https://www.ramusa.org/covid-19-volunteer/

TX N95 Covers
Volunteers helping to sew covers for N95 masks for medical personnels in Texas
https://www.txn95covers.com/

LA Works
Virtual volunteer opportunities to support Los Angeles
https://www.laworks.com/virtualvolunteering

Michigan Volunteers
Medical, public health, community, healthcare administrator, etc volunteers needed in Michigan
https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98811—,00.html

Volunteer New York: Virtual Volunteer Center
Virtual remote volunteering opportunities In New York as well as community-wide response activities in New York
https://www.volunteernewyork.org/vvc

Technology SWAT Teams to Support New York COVID-19 Response
Looking for companies and skilled tech individuals to help build and develop technological solutions that can help with the response to the virus.
https://www.ny.gov/content/join-state-technology-swat-team

Fort Bend Habitat Volunteering Opportunities

CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEERING – NO SUMMER CONSTRUCTION
Volunteers are needed on the construction site on Saturdays between 8am – 4pm (8am – 12pm, 12:30pm – 4pm, or all day 8am – 4pm shifts). Mid-week work teams are utilized on an “as needed” basis. For mid-week opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Services Director. Make sure you have a completed waiver. If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services Director at 281-403-0708 ext. 305

CONSTRUCTION SITE HOST
A Construction Site Host serves as the volunteer host at the construction site. Duties include but are not limited to: set up sign-in and refreshment tables, set out supplies, greet volunteers as they arrive, assist volunteers with sign-in and completion of volunteer information forms, clean up, remind volunteers to sign-out when leaving and thank them for coming.

LUNCH PROVIDERS
To show appreciation to the hard working construction volunteers, Fort Bend Habitat provides lunch Monday and Saturday. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in providing lunch for a work crew of 30-50 volunteers.

GROUP VOLUNTEERS
Group volunteers are welcome to assist with Construction, the Habitat ReStore, and various special projects. On-site construction work is the most popular of Habitat’s volunteer opportunities. Each year dozens of alumni groups, businesses, houses of worship, professional organizations, and schools participate on the FBHFHwork site! Group volunteers are scheduled on a first come-first serve basis. We have group volunteer opportunities Tuesday-Friday and on Saturdays.

Listed below are some of the non-construction volunteer opportunities:

 ReStore

  • ReStore Warehouse Volunteers – The ReStore is always looking for volunteers to work in the store. Volunteers clean and prepare donations for sale, provide sales assistance on sales floor, straighten sales floor and shelves and assist with inventory control.

 Administrative

  • Office Assistance – FBHFH is always looking for folks to assist in data entry, answering the phone, and other general office activities.
  • Website/Social Marketing – Also needed are volunteers to maintain and update the FBHFH website, as well as take and post pictures of the construction site, promote FBHFH events/activities, advertise volunteer opportunities, and advertise products for sale in ReStore on the website and social marketing sites.
  • Media, Newsletter, Press – For anyone interested in writing for the newsletter, issuing press releases, making contact with local media, etc. No experience necessary!
  • Workshop Leaders – FBHFH is seeking volunteers with extensive knowledge in plumbing, electrical, heating/venting, etc. that would be willing to teach homeowners and conduct monthly workshops.

 Committees

Committee Membership – We have many committees which often need assistance or new committee members. Please see a listing of committees below for more information.

Construction Committee:

  • review and approve house plans
  • purchase materials and contact suppliers
  • supervise construction of homes
  • maintain guidelines set forth by city codes

Family Services Committee:

  • screens applications and interviews prospective homeowners
  • recommends applicant family to the Board for acceptance into the Habitat program
  • provides a support system to homeowner families
  • offers workshops for families on topics related to home ownership, budgeting, and home maintenance

Resource Development Committee:

  • designs and implements fund raising campaigns for the affiliate
  • pursues grant money
  • plans special community-wide fundraising events
  • cultivates donors among local businesses, companies, and individuals

Site Selection Committee:

  • locates available lots for future building projects
  • researches title and property issues before land purchase
  • evaluates the suitability of potential purchases for affiliate needs
  • communicates lot availability with construction committee

Volunteer Coordination Committee:

  • sends building schedules to potential volunteers
  • confirms work schedule for participating groups and individuals
  • organizes volunteers at the building site (check in, work groups, food set up, etc.)
  • solicits donations of snacks and meals for volunteers at building site

Communications Committee:

  • assist with the development of mail-outs, flyers, etc.
  • work with affiliate to develop the year end giving campaign
  • develop advertising campaigns for the affiliate

Special Projects and Extraordinary Committees:

  • organize and coordinate special events or projects as needed
  • assist with the development of special programs to meet the growing needs of the County

Want to volunteer?: Visit the webpage here. If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services Director at 281-403-0708 ext. 305

Facebook: Fort Bend Habitat Facebook Page

Website: Fortbendhabitat.org

The Arc of Fort Bend County volunteering opportunity

The Arc of Fort Bend County advocates for the special needs of all people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities. The organization ensures opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maximize their quality of life within the community.

Volunteers are needed for for Parent Night Out & Teen/Tween Social Event. If you have any questions, you may contact Karri Axtell at info@arcoffortbend.org or 281-494-5924.

Want to volunteer?: Contact info@arcoffortbend.org or email here.

Facebook: The Arc of Fort Bend Facebook Page

Website: Arcoffortbend.org

The Czech Center Museum Houston volunteering opportunities

If you are interested in Czech culture, history,  and heritage, you may be interested in volunteering for the Czech Museum. Volunteer opportunities include leading tours of the Museum galleries, helping in the gift shop, greeting guests, and facilitating children’s art projects. The Czech Museum would also need volunteers to be docents. Volunteers will also be needed on family days at the Museum, the Annual Members & Friends Dinner, Gala,  and Oktoberfest. Museum volunteers will need to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per year. 

Want to volunteer?: More information about the volunteering opportunity can be found here. Volunteers will first need to complete and sign up here. There will be a an orientation meeting to learn about the different opportunities and meet the CCMH staff. The orientation is about 2 hours. You can also contact museum@czechcenter.org or 713.528.2060 for more details on volunteering opportunities.

Facebook: Czech Center Museum Facebook Page

Website: Czechcenter.org

2019 DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS TRASH-OFF volunteering opportunity

Date:
Saturday, April 13, 2019
1pm-5pm

Place:
Sugar Land Town Center
2711 Plaza Drive
Sugar Land, Texas 77479

Volunteers will be assigned to pick up litter at designated sites in Sugar Land and should allow approximately two hours for cleanup. All volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by a registered participating adult.

Want to volunteer?: It says on website that registration forms needs to be submitted by March 8, so I would just contact vickigist@kslb.org to see if they are still accepting volunteers since it is still some time away.

Facebook: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rock Earth Day Celebration

Website: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Rock Earth Day Celebration event page

Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts Volunteering Opportunity

Volunteer Greeter Program

Responsibilities include welcoming the public, answering questions about Moody’s programming, and directing visitors to various spaces in the building, including exhibition areas, café, and restrooms.

Qualified candidates should possess a love and appreciation of the arts, friendly and welcoming attitude, and reliability.

To volunteer at the Moody, candidates must make a one-year commitment and be available for two to four shifts each month.

Program Schedule:

  • The Moody is open to the public year-round, Monday through Saturday 10AM-5PM
  • Volunteer shifts are 3.5 hours per day, up to once per week

Want to volunteer?: More information about the volunteering opportunity can be found here. Volunteers can also sign up here.

Facebook: Moody Center for the Arts Facebook Page

Website: Moody.rice.edu

TangoTab’s Feed the City: Houston Volunteering Opportunity

Date:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
8:30am-11am

Place:
Clutch Bar Houston
5334 Washington Ave.
Houston, Texas 77007

Bring food items and pack the food items.

Here’s a recommendation of what to bring:
If you are attending, please bring some food product. You can bring any of the items in any combination
• Meat: Please try to make this turkey, chicken or ham (we do not prefer bologna); Unfortunately, we cannot accept any meat from the deli counter
• Cheese: 16 slices each of cheese (no spicy cheese please!)
• Bread: Try to find a loaf that has 20 slices (not including the ends); Btw we definitely prefer wheat
• 1 bottle of yellow mustard
• 1 bag of Halos, Cuties or tangerines
• 1-2 bags of chips (not the individual bags)
• 100 count of Sandwich Bags (make sure they zip)

PLEASE TRY TO BRING AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF MEAT, CHEESE & BREAD. Example: If you bring enough slices of cheese for 72 sandwiches, bring enough meat and bread for 72 sandwiches.

DAY OF THE EVENT:
Please arrive between 8:30 AM and 8:50 AM. We will begin PROMPTLY at 9:00 am.

Remember, anyone can attend our events. We make this a fun atmosphere for all ages. Remember, you are responsible for anyone under 18y/o that is in your group.

Want to volunteer?: Check out here for more details on this volunteering event.