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Even though you enjoy volunteering, reaching out to others, and helping those in need, you may have suddenly found that you are forced to limit your movements because of COVID-19 health restrictions. But don't lose hope! It's still possible to get involved and lend charities a helping hand, despite this year’s very unusual circumstances. 

Volunteering in the Field 

You can continue to participate in field operations conducted by certain associations provided that you adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • Ensure that the mission is compatible with the government's health rules 
  • Have the necessary authorizations issued by the right authorities 
  • Respect health safety measures by maintaining a safe distance at all times, restricting direct interactions with people, wearing a face mask, and regularly washing your hands with soap or hand sanitizer 

One of the most popular field actions during this crisis has been distributing food to families economically impacted by the lockdown and emotional support for vulnerable populations, especially in shelters, orphanages and child protection centers. 

The most important thing is to maintain a social link with one's community, since very few people will die of hunger but many will suffer from the physiological and psychological effects of loneliness and isolation. 

Volunteering at Home 

So-called digital volunteering is an excellent alternative to working in the field. Not only is it less risky and less restrictive, it also has an equally important impact. You can start by raising awareness on social networks by sharing tips and tricks for good mental health during the crisis, and even going so far as debunking "fake news". 

This commitment can also become more elaborate by offering help to associations that are active online, such as those providing distance learning for students or training young project leaders, self-employed workers and other players in civil society. If you have personal or professional experience to share, including technical skills or ideas for fun or educational activities, you might be just right for the many associations looking for volunteer trainers. 

Supporting associations through donations – whether in kind or in cash– remains one of the most effective ways to help. Old books, clothes, toys and school supplies will bring some joy to the most disadvantaged people. 

Other Ideas 

You don't have to link up with associations to help others. You can also have a positive effect on those around you through these small yet high-impact gestures: 

  • Make sure your neighbors are okay 
  • Do the shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to go out 
  • Donate your blood 
  • Remind those who seem to be ignoring good health practices 
  • Set an example by impeccably following the health rules 

And above all, take care of yourself to avoid getting sick and overloading the health system. 

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