Volunteer Opportunities to Battle COVID-19

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One bright spot during the COVID-19 pandemic is how it has brought people together as they explore ways to help each other.  Here are some opportunities that allow those you to help make a difference even as you shelter in place to flatten the curve.

VolunteerMatch | Virtual Opportunities (276,617 volunteers needed)

VolunteerMatch features virtual and on-site volunteer opportunities to aid communities impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thousands of volunteers like you are needed daily. Check back often to find ways you can help during these difficult times.

RAM | Staff COVID-19 drive-through testing sites

Remote Area Medical is collaborating with national organizations to staff COVID-19 drive-through testing sites with administrative, non-clinical volunteers.

There is an immediate need for volunteers willing to help perform initial eligibility screening, check IDs, confirm appointments, obtain patient consent, assemble specimen kits, assist with registration, deliver kits to vehicles, assist volunteers as they don and doff personal protective equipment (PPE), and direct traffic.

Verdict Medical Devices | Volunteer lab network

The Covid-19 Volunteer Testing Network, started by Systems Biology Laboratory (SBL) founder and serial entrepreneur Mike Fischer, will help small laboratories convert to run antigen testing and identify Covid-19 cases among local healthcare workers.


RXRVolunteer.com | Needs Skilled Professionals Who Want To Help!

Are you a skilled professional that wants to help individuals, Non-Profits and Small Businesses affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Welcome to RXRVolunteer.com, a platform to help connect local non-profits and small businesses affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) with volunteers from the RXR community of employees, tenants, vendors, partners, and investors and friends.

Small businesses need your help! Please submit out our volunteer questionnaire, which will allow us to match you with an individual, non-profit or small businesses that needs your specific skill set through this crisis and beyond.

Catchafire.org | Help Lift Up Critical At-Risk Nonprofits

All nonprofits have been affected by COVID-19. Help lift up critical, at-risk missions. Support nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 by helping them adjust how they operate and serve their communities during this critical time

What kind of skills are nonprofits looking for?

Nonprofits need the same talent and skills as any other business. They’re looking for marketing volunteers, finance volunteers, operations volunteers, business strategy volunteers, management volunteers, technology volunteers, design & media volunteers, and more.


UN Volunteers | COVID-19 Online Volunteer Response

UN Volunteers has a collection of ways to volunteer online to make a difference against COVID-19. They are in heavy need of translators right now. If you are bilingual please find several ways to help flatten the curve here.

American Red Cross | COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities 

Interested in serving to meet essential service needs in the public? The number one priority of the American Red Cross is the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, blood donors and recipients, and the people we serve. The American Red Cross has an extensive list of volunteer opportunities separated by zip code that you can be part of here.

Feeding America | Assistance at Food Shelters

Every volunteer experience is a little different. Here are some things you might do as a volunteer:

  • Sorting and packing. You can keep the shelves stocked by assembling boxes of food for distribution.
  • Assisting at mobile pantries and no-contact distributions. Help your neighbors feed their families.
  • Delivering meals. With many communities sheltering in place, you can help make sure our most vulnerable neighbors have the food they need while staying safe.
  • Volunteering from home. Some foodbanks have moved their volunteer shifts online and are asking volunteers to help fundraise or spread awareness.


Crisis Text Line | Become a Crisis Counselor

The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 national crisis-intervention and counseling service conducted exclusively through SMS text. Volunteers use the nonprofit’s web-based platform to provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with a wide range of issues– bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. Prospective volunteers go through screening and lengthy self-paced training. Once completed, volunteers sign-up to take one four-hour shift each week for a year.

I volunteer for Crisis Text Line because practicing empathy and reflective listening makes me a better friend, partner, and employee.


Career Village | Answer Questions from Underrepresented Youth

CareerVillage.org‘s mission is to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth. We do that by crowdsourcing the answers to every question from every student about every career. Together, we’re building a massive open-access reference source that every online learner can access anytime, anywhere. Join our movement of over 4,000,000 learners and over 65,000 volunteers.

FEMA | Donate PPE and/or Medical Supplies

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with businesses who have extra personal protective equipment (PPE) or medical supplies that they can donate to other entities who have a greater need. After completing a quick online application, FEMA will contact the donor organization to facilitate the reallocation of supplies.

Pacific Community Ventures| Become a Small Business Mentor 

In keeping with their “Good Jobs, Good Business” motto, Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a social enterprise and community development financial institution, offers free mentoring and advising for small businesses throughout the nation. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are paired with coaches and mentors who offer issue-specific recommendations. PCV boasts that organizations that work with their mentors increase their annual revenues by an average of 20%!

  • If you have expertise in finance, HR, and other areas click here to learn about becoming a remote volunteer
  • If your company is interested in  supporting small businesses with free advising, contact us today 
  • If you need information about accessing healthy food in the Bay Area, click here


Corporation for National and Community Service | Search Tool 

In addition to AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides a search function to identify volunteer opportunities by location or category. The site also offers recommendations on how to stay safe while volunteering in a pandemic.

Salvation Army | Volunteers with Heart

Since March the Salvation Army has been busy providing food, lodging, PPE, infant and toddler supplies, and emotional and spiritual support throughout the country. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer locally in their own communities in whatever capacity they are comfortable.

Smithsonian |  Digital Volunteers

While the Smithsonian relies on their many on-site volunteers to provide a great visitor experience, online volunteers have been helping to expand access to their digital collections. They offer several volunteer programs, some requiring special knowledge or skills, but several are available to all.

Bookshare |  Remote Volunteer Opportunities

Bookshare “unlocks the power of reading” to people with reading barriers such as dyslexia or vision problems. Remote volunteers help scan and proofread books, while parents and teachers can act as ambassadors. If you feel you have a unique talent appropriate to the organization, they’re interested in hearing from you, too!



Stay safe and remain strong in this turbulent time. And remember to check back on this article for updates as details of the above guidance and resources change.


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