NEW YORK, (September 10, 2020) – Shelley Tanner, SanovaWorks CEO/President
Volunteer Day at SanovaWorks is Friday, September 25th
SanovaWorks will be closed on September 25 so that team members are free to participate in Volunteer Day.
Our Team has worked at the Bowery Mission for many years on Volunteer Day. We certainly encourage participation, but more importantly we want everyone to stay safe and healthy. We created an internal space where team members can share volunteer ideas that are compliant with COVID safety guidelines: e.g. virtual volunteering, pen paling, phone calling, etc.
We’ve reminded our Team, if they do decide to volunteer in-person, please stay safe by wearing a mask, social distancing by 6 feet where possible, and washing hands thoroughly and regularly.
Census phonebanking is extremely important and is an opportunity that only comes around every 10 years. This is the NYC census phonebank volunteer page, but I am sure an equivalent exists in most communities.
How to get involved with virtual volunteering
The Idealist shares some great insights here and highlights some established virtual volunteering programs at the United Nations, Red Cross, and Smithsonian Institute.
Letters of Love campaign
Comprehensive Medical Mentoring Program (CMMP) whom we are partnering with on Skin of Color Update Virtual 2020, hosts a Letters of Love campaign on their website. You can send cards with cheerful messages to seniors in senior living centers, and e-cards to children in children’s hospitals.
VolunteerMatch is an organization that matches passion and talent with important causes. They have hundreds of virtual volunteering experiences–something for everyone. They’ve also created a COVID-19 hub specifically for coronavirus volunteer opportunities. Learn about virtual volunteer opportunities here, and visit the COVID-19 hub here.
The largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change. View their campaigns.
Volunteer Day 2020 is more important than ever
Volunteer Day this year is more important than ever. Let’s face it, 2020 has been testing our limits. Volunteer Day is an opportunity for each of us to help make our communities a little brighter, and our world a little better.
We hope to inspire others to take a day for service.
Shelley Tanner, President / CEO, SanovaWorks