Service From Home
Many of you have been asking, “How can I help during the pandemic?”
These are unique times, and each of us, with our own talents can help in unique ways. Unsure where to start? Take a look at this list of ideas to be of service within our families and local communities right now.
Ask yourself regularly: What does my family need from me right now? How can I help relieve stress my family is experiencing? Not sure… ask a parent (or another family member). How can you surprise your family every day with a random act of kindness?
REACH OUT TO YOUR GRANDPARENTS AND/OR ELDERLY NEIGHBORS
Can’t visit? Call or FaceTime. Play an instrument? Do a livestream “concert” or send them a video of you playing or singing. Write them a letter. If you can, drop off food or supplies at their front door. Make them a card or piece of art. Send them a text. Reach out to anyone you know who might be isolated right now.
HELP OUT WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Be intentional about helping siblings with homework or leading them in an engaging activity together every day. If your parent(s) have kids at home right now, they may need you to step up. What can you teach? What might you learn together? Create together? Enjoy together? Music, magic, art, outdoor game, reading, walking, exercising, cooking, building, crafting, filming, etc.
Look around. What needs to be done? Dishes? Vacuuming? Dusting? Mopping? Find a corner in your house that is overlooked or forgotten. Clean a disorganized game closet. Clean your own closet. Organize under your bed. Identify clothing and items you can set aside for donation at a later time. Go for a "trash walk" and clean up your neighborhood!
Prepare a meal, snacks, dessert for your family. Explore the Tasty App – it has really helpful and short instructional videos.
TACKLE A YARD PROJECT
Mow the lawn. Or a neighbor’s. Weed. Plant a garden. Now’s a great time for a spring clean up!
DO YOU SEW?
Check out this online community (based here in Portland) that has come together to sew face masks amidst the nationwide shortage.
CHECK IN WITH A SENIOR CENTER, LIBRARY, OR CHURCH
There may be people who are isolated or have specific needs. Some communities have food banks that may be depleted right now. They may have needs you can assist with from home (calling isolated seniors to check in, for example).
SEARCHABLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Search the service catalog on the Portland Student Pandemic Response (PSPR) website. This is a great resource put together by students for students.
Blood banks are struggling with donations of blood and platelets. They provide these to vulnerable populations like cancer patients who continue to fight their illness in the midst of this pandemic. Donating blood is safe and the Red Cross has instituted even more precautions against COVID-10. Sign up to donate with American Red Cross https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or with Bloodworks NW https://www.bloodworksnw.org/
OTHER RESOURCES TO SEARCH FOR SERVICE LEARNING IDEAS
Hands on Portland http://www.handsonportland.org
The Linus Project http://projectlinusoregon.org/footer_topics/drop-off.html
Oregon Zoo http://www.oregonzoo.org/Volunteer/index.htm
Multnomah Libraries http://www.multcolib.org/vol/
Jackson Bottom Wetland http://www.jacksonbottom.org/
The Pixie Project Animal Shelter http://www.pixieproject.org/
Habitat for Humanity http://habitatportlandmetro.org/
Oregon Public Broadcasting http://www.opb.org/insideopb/volunteering/individuals/
Portland City Team https://www.cityteam.org/portland/
Volunteer Match http://www.volunteermatch.org/
Charity Walks www.charitywalksblog.com/charity-walk-events
Komen Portland http://www.komenoregon.org/
Idealist Volunteer Database http://www.idealist.org/if/as/vol
Schoolhouse Supplies http://schoolhousesupplies.org/volunteer/volunteer.htm
Animal Rescue http://www.arlgp.org/volunteer/
Ronald McDonald House http://www.rmhcoregon.org
Portland Impact http://impactnw.org/
Bicycle Transportation Alliance http://www.bta4bikes.org
Hollywood Theater http://hollywoodtheatre.org/volunteer/
Oregon Food Bank
Portland Rescue Mission http://www.portlandrescuemission.org/
MDA Portland http://mda.org/ways-to-help/volunteer
Blanchet House http://blanchethouse.org/
Every Body Athletics https://www.everybodyathletics.com/volunteer
Every Child Welcome Oregon https://everychildoregon.org/volunteer/
Writing Letters to Service Members:
Operation Gratitude https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters/
ATTN: Letter Writing Program
21100 Lassen street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278