Virtual volunteering coronavirus, many across the country.
With the novel coronavirus keeping many at home due to self isolation, many across the country have felt many emotions over the past few days.
And while worrying over the constant change from the pandemic, many are also worrying about others, but feel a sense of hopelessness in how they can help.
But Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, has launched a new way for people to help others in volunteer work all from the comfort of their own homes.
With many nonprofits struggling to meet the demand for their services due to the lack of volunteers, “Points of Light” gives people the chance to virtually extend a hand to those in need and launched a new online clearinghouse on their website for volunteering opportunities in many places across the country which you can search by location.
Volunteer opportunities include “Self-Help,” which connects isolated seniors through shared interests like music and art and the “Crisis Text Line,” which offers text-based counseling to help with coronavirus-related stress.
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 a lengthy self-paced training. Once completed, volunteers sign-up to take one four-hour shift each week for a year.