Day of ServiceSunday April 19, 10AM - noon
Projects for this Day of Service are designed to conform with social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, MCPS will not allow SSL hours for students engaged in virtual volunteering. Do you have more time to give? Scroll down for information on longer-term volunteer opportunities.
Please email us with photos of projects you participate in!
One-off volunteer opportunities
1. Make cards for residents of Morningside Assisted Living (family-friendly)
Morningside House has 90 senior residents who are unable to leave their rooms because of the coronavirus. They would love to receive colorful and encouraging cards—particularly from children—to brighten their day. Check out some of the cards made by our younger members last service day. Staff from Morningside will sanitize all cards before delivery, following their strict protocols, so please send your handmade cards or pictures to Congregational Care, Cedar Ridge Community Church, 2410 Spencerville Rd, Spencerville, MD 20868 on or before April 26. We will collate them and send them on. Morningside staff will send back photos of residents receiving the cards to encourage us in return!
2. Write letters to seniors (ages 12-18 only)
Student volunteers are needed to collaborate with Link Generations to write letters and draw pictures at home that can be delivered electronically to residents at senior centers. Seniors are the most vulnerable to the coronavirus and required social distancing leads to loneliness, which is also a health risk. Sending personalized messages helps people feel connected. Click here to access writing prompts and delivery instructions.
3. Assemble bagged lunches for Shepherd’s Table (family-friendly)
If you are able to assemble some lunches and drop them off at Shepherd’s Table at 8106 Georgia Ave, right behind the Fire Station, Shepherd’s Table and its guests would be very grateful! Drop-off hours are 8:30am-5:30pm. Lunches should consist of:
- Sandwich (turkey and cheese are most popular, but peanut butter and jelly also works)
- A piece of fruit
- A single-serve bag of potato chips
- Juice box (optional)
- Granola bar (optional)
4. Donate supplies to the Salvation Army (family friendly)
The Salvation Army is collecting items for seniors and vulnerable populations. You can help by creating care packages from the security of your own home and safely dropping items between 9am and 4pm, Monday – Friday, at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown. Please leave donated goods outside the front door and call or text 202-345-2238. Items needed include:
- Canned soups and other dry and canned foods
- Socks, hats, gloves and toiletries
- Large-font activity books like sudoku
- Diapers and baby wipes
- Sanitizing supplies
5. Donate games and art supplies for So What Else (family-friendly)
So What Else provides aid to 65 communities; collecting & distributing donations of catered meals, non-perishable food items, & educational games and art supplies. Sort out your cupboards and find games and art supplies in good condition to pass on to others. Weekend donations can be made to 11405 Guerlac Court, Gaithersburg.
6. Trash pick up (family-friendly)
Put on some gloves, grab a trash bag, and go for a walk in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, or along a stream—and pick up trash that has accumulated. Send us a selfie with your haul!
7. Sew face masks for assisted living and nursing home staff
Companies like SEEC need facemasks for staff who are providing 24-hour support to people with disabilities in their homes. Volunteers with basic sewing skills, and access to a sewing machine can mail their creations to SEEC 8905 Fairview Rd. #300 Silver Spring MD, 20910. You may also drop off your creations in the Fairview office lobby on the first floor (please schedule a drop off time by contacting Melissa Michaels via email or calling 1-301-576-9000). Donations will be laundered and distributed by SEEC to SEEC staff and other direct support providers. Here are video tutorials of how to create the masks:
Longer-term volunteer opportunities
1. Deliver food for Manna Food Center (adults and students with a driver’s license)
Manna Food Center, our partner for farm food delivery, has expanded its program to help meet the needs of Montgomery County residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteer food runners are now transporting “Stay Put Packs” from Manna’s warehouse to the homes of our food-insecure neighbors who can’t or shouldn’t travel to distribution centers. We employ no-contact delivery — food runners drop the food outside the door, ring the bell, and go. To sign up, visit Manna’s website here.
2. Shop for or drive seniors to critical health appointments (healthy adults aged 21-64)
The Senior Connection is in great need of volunteers to drive seniors to critical or life-sustaining medical appointments during this COVID 19 crisis. Critical rides may include trips for dialysis, radiation, chemotherapy, substance use disorder, or counseling. Clients will sit in the back seat of the volunteer’s car, preferably on the passenger side and volunteers will not be entering client’s home or medical buildings. Also needed are volunteers to shop and pick up prescriptions for our county seniors. The volunteer will get a list and money and do the shopping. The senior will not accompany the volunteer to the store. The volunteer will leave the groceries at the senior’s front door and not be entering their home. To volunteer for either of these tasks, please fill out the online volunteer application, or for additional information, please email Susan Girard. Qualifications: Agreement to undergo a basic background check and 3-year MVA driver record check. Automobile insurance coverage which meets Maryland Insurance limits. Two personal references. Liability insurance and virtual new volunteer training are provided.
3. Develop friendship with people with developmental disabilities (family-friendly)
Partner with the Jubilee Association of Maryland to communicate and develop relationships with people with developmental disabilities through the use of various technologies. Volunteers will have weekly check ins, participate in virtual activities, offer plans or activities to do, teach a new skill, and/or play a game. Qualifications include: access to a phone, tablet, or computer; access to internet service; willingness to learn and have fun; and being friendly and outgoing. If interested in this opportunity, please send your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Email/mail to reduce loneliness and social isolation (family-friendly)
Sharing Smiles connects adults to youth through two different programs—one connecting groups of adults and youth and the other connecting individuals. With each program, people can find pen pals, write joint stories, create poetry, share artwork, inspire with motivational quotes, and creatively share our individual strengths. Complete an on-line form, and you will receive an email confirmation with suggestions for your communication and content, plus additional details. All communication will be sent through a trained, third party ensuring the content is appropriate. You are truly sharing a smile, and can be as anonymous as you like.
Book Share offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned. Check out the opportunities here.
6. Provide technical expertise to non-profit organizations
If you have technical expertise and significant time to give, check out Catch A Fire for a wide range of online volunteer opportunities.