Resources to Help You During the COVID-19 Crisis
There is so much info out there, and many of you are wondering how to help & volunteer, and whether or not you should be closing your programs.
We are compiling a list of resources from our partners and friends to help you during this time.
HOW TO HELP DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC?
First Step: I would like to volunteer – What should I do?
SAFETY FIRST! Review the volunteering checklists below (under RESOURCES) prior to volunteering.
Your safety and limiting the spread of the COVID-19 is the priority. If you are unwell or you have been in contact with someone who is unwell, DO NOT VOLUNTEER.
We need to keep volunteers, clients and staff safe and healthy during volunteering.
START WITH YOUR LOCAL VOLUNTEER CENTRE. Volunteer centres know your community needs and will ensure that you will be in a safe environment before connecting you with individuals or families who need support. They also may know of virtual volunteer opportunities. Click here to view a list of volunteer centres.
No volunteer centre in your area? Here are some ideas. Contact them directly.
- Regional Health Authorities, Hospital Foundations – check their sites to see what services or goods are needed to support their front-line workers. Please do not drop off gifts or items at local hospitals.
- Food bank, Homeless shelters, Service Organizations such as Lions or Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, Family Resource Centres, local animal shelters.
- Source out your interest online: Volunteer Now, Charity Village, GoVolunteer, Dosomegood, Pan-Canadian Hub.
- BC211 – Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program – matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. Register here
- National COVID-19 Volunteer Recruitment Campaign is seeking volunteers to help in the following areas: Case tracking and contact tracing; Case data collection and reporting. Register here.
I want to volunteer on my own and get a group together to help out. How do I get started?
Informal Self-organising Volunteers/Groups – Volunteer BC is urging people to exert caution in embarking on informal volunteering (for example, individuals or self-organising groups who are providing support to people affected by COVID-19). Individuals need to consider issues of privacy and self-care and avoid putting themselves and others in the community at risk. This means adhering to recommended social distancing guidelines and other official guidelines. Consider volunteering for existing Volunteer Involving Organizations in your local community. Contact your local volunteer centre.
I am a senior or know of a senior who needs help?
Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program – matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help. Register here.
RESOURCES FOR VOLUNTEERS
You may we wondering how you can help during this difficult time?
Volunteer Victoria has put together an informal but very informative document on how you can help.
RESOURCES FOR ORGANIZATIONS
You may be wondering whether or not you should close your programs and weighing the risks of remaining open against the benefits of continuing to serve your clients.
Volunteer Canada is monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, heeding the advice of public health authorities and reaching out to colleagues around the country and internationally, to develop strategies related to volunteer engagement, community investment, and continuity planning.
They have provided a list of resources for volunteer-involving organizations.
Federation of Community Social Services of BC
Members of the Provincial Roundtable and Dr. Danièle Behn Smith from the office of the Provincial Health Officer discussed the impact of COVID-19.
The office of Provincial Health is not recommending that community services be closed as long as the following conditions are adhered to. Read details here.
Resources to help charities and nonprofits navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19.
Have questions? Want to know more about Volunteer BC?