Activate Good, a 501(c)3 organization, remains true to its mission of supporting local nonprofits and connecting volunteers during this time of uncertainty. In addition to numerous opportunities for those in good health to assist the elderly and other at-risk populations with daily needs, there are several remote volunteer opportunities available for those who are practicing social distancing but want to support nonprofits impacted by the pandemic.
A few remote project highlights include:
- Make masks for medical professionals
- Create “Courage Cards” for patients at Duke and UNC Children's Hospitals, sponsored by Zach’s Toy Chest
- Help compile research on local causes for the Triangle Cause Wiki
- Create insulation baffles to be installed in homes for Chatham Habitat for Humanity
- Make kindness calls to seniors
Activate Good currently serves over 500 unique Triangle-area organizations that utilize volunteers to support their work. The organization urges guests and volunteers to adhere to common-sense practices and exercise their best judgment and etiquette, notifying a nonprofit as far in advance if possible if no longer able to participate in a scheduled volunteer opportunity.
“Nonprofits must always be nimble in navigating changes in funding, volunteer availability, and the economy. It is one of the joys and challenges of the work,” said Amber Smith, executive director of Activate Good. “We are optimistic and hopeful that focusing on doing the good we can with what we have will get us through hard times.”
Activate Good has already received several inquiries related to helping the community through COVID-19. Kristine Paro commented “"I just wanted to do what I could to help during this pandemic,” and Cesely Smith, a stay-at-home mother of four, said, “In times like we are facing it is very difficult to find opportunities where you can give back.” They both responded to Activate Good’s request for remote volunteers.
If you are interested in learning more about remote volunteer opportunities available, go to: https://activategood.org/covid19