Can you volunteer during COVID?

As the US case numbers climb higher and higher, so does the number of people who need nonprofit help. Over 3 million people registered for unemployment last week and food pantries are seeing a drastic increase in need for their services, but they have fewer volunteers than ever. If you are young, healthy, and have been social distancing, you could safely volunteer during COVID-19.

Are you the right person to volunteer during COVID-19?

Use the flow chart below to see if you can volunteer or take our quiz here.

Is the need critical?
Some examples are: food packing/deliveries, providing clean water, distributing cleaning products, helping with health-related initiatives.

Are you younger, and 1000000% feeling healthy?
PLEASE do not interact with others if you feel at all unwell.

Have you traveled recently, or do you live in a city where you often take public transit?
As much as nonprofits need help, if you have come into contact with someone who has corona, you could be a carrier. Please only volunteer if you have been keeping your social circle/interactions locked down for the past 14 days.

Do you live with elderly family members, children, people with chronic conditions, or medical professionals?
If so, stay home!

Do you live with someone who is pregnant, or are you pregnant?
If you are around pregnant women or are pregnant, please care for their/your health by staying home.

Have you been social distancing before volunteering?
Charities want to make sure that they are reducing risk for both their volunteers, and the people they serve. If you’ve been social distancing, you are probably not sick/carrying COVID-19 and can volunteer.

Volunteer during COVID and after

When the world gets turned upside down, meeting the needs of everyone in your community becomes even more important.

Nonprofits are complying with rules of operation, and you can volunteer even with a stay at home order in place.

If you can safely volunteer during COVID-19 download POINT for iOS or Android to find and easily sign up for volunteering opportunities.

If you want to do more good from your couch, POINT has virtual or remote volunteering opportunities. You could read books for story time with kiddos, or sew masks to keep essential workers safe, or join webinars to start getting involved for what you care about.

If you can’t give time but want to help, you can donate medical-grade masks to health systems in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. $1 covers the cost of 1 mask 😷

Support local nonprofits

Nonprofits are operating with reduced budgets and small numbers of volunteers, but they are working tirelessly to make sure people have what they need to survive.

Donate to charities whose missions really resonate with you. No matter how much you give, it adds up and really makes an impact.

If you can volunteer, please do.


P.S. Know of an awesome charity or a food bank with skyrocketing need? Send them here. POINT’s nonprofit management dashboard is always free for 501c3 nonprofits.


No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.