Thank you for your interest to support your neighbors and your community. Volunteer needs are changing quickly so be sure to check back often for updates!
For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Iffat Maqsood at Iffat.Maqsood@uwforsyth.org. Due to the closing of many schools and workplaces, our community is experiencing difficulty and there is an increased need for resources. As many of you are reaching out to us and asking, “how can I help?,” below are some of the requests we have received.
Important Note: Please follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) protocols: (To view full list of protocols for communities, schools, and workplaces please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html)
- Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with tissues or into your sleeve whenever you cough or sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
- Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
- Clean frequently touched services.
- Provide and use alcohol-based sanitation and cleaning supplies.
- Consider wearing gloves and minimizing touching people and shared surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face.
- It is critical that you self-quarantine if you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath. If you have been sick but are feeling better, stay home for at least an additional 48 hours after your fever has gone away (without the use of any fever-reducing medications). If you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus or someone who exhibits these symptoms, please socially distance yourself until you have been tested.
For a complete list of current needs by funded agency, please see below:
Below are some additional urgent and immediate needs in our community:
American Red Cross
Every 2 seconds, someone in the US needs blood and one blood donation can save up to 3 lives. Help and support lives in North Carolina. Volunteer at the Blood Donation Center and at blood drives in your community.
- Warmly greet donors and assist with registration in reception area
- Model excellent customer service behaviors, ensure blood donors have relevant information, and that all questions are answered appropriately
- Assist in the canteen area, manage the cleanliness in reception and hospitality areas, thank donors for their contribution, and alert staff immediately if a donor shows signs of feeling unwell
- Inform donors of current and upcoming donation promotions, make reminder/cancellation calls, re-schedule donor appointments, and perform follow up activities as directed
- If age 18 or older, volunteers will assist in prescreening and take temperatures of all donors before they enter the blood drive
- Time Commitment: 6 hours per month (which is typically 1-2 shifts per month)
Several enhanced blood donations protocols including PPE and social distancing have been implemented in the interest of the safety of the blood supply, recipients, other donors, staff, volunteers and general public health.
Interested in volunteering?
- If you are age 18 or older, please apply using the following link for an expedited application process: https://tinyurl.com/BloodDonorAmbassadorVolunteer
- If you are age 16-17, please apply by visiting: redcross.org/volunteer
Immediate Needs for Meals on Wheels Drivers: Hot Meal Program Volunteers are needed to deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors in Forsyth County who are unable to leave their home and need help with meals. The meals are delivered between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers deliver can select a designated geographical area and a route which generally takes 1.5 hours to complete. Volunteers can deliver once a week, once a month, or anything in between. A volunteer application and orientation is provided online.
Centers for Exceptional Children
For more than 65 years, The Centers for Exceptional Children has been providing a critical combination of support services, programs and facilities dedicated to one thing: helping children and their families thrive. The CFEC has several FY21 GROUP VOLUNTEER PROJECTS available and can be viewed below:
Salvation Army Center of Hope:
Center of Hope Trade St. Food Pantry/Community Service: To sort all food brought into the food pantry, from the local food bank and a variety of grocery stores. This is a Self-serving pantry for the community residents that are in need of assistance. Volunteers will stock, sort and separate all food into/onto the proper shelves. For easy distribution.
Center of Hope Mentor/Storyteller:
A homework expert? And Education Major looking for real world experience? When you volunteer to tutor, mentor or even read to our clients you are preparing for a Great Future as an adult. We are looking for volunteers with a passion for education and compassion for children. Tutors and mentors are needed to help members with homework, reach grade level reading, improve computer skills and test scores, and be prepared for the next grade and higher education. Storytellers are welcome just to sit with a young child and read to them.
When: Monday – Friday
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Parenting Path:
Prepare lunch or dinner for parent education groups (on average, 5-20 people).
- Meals may be prepared at The Parenting PATH or come from a commercially licensed kitchen
- Must be at least 10, all under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The kitchen accommodates 3-4 cooks at one time
Bethesda Center for the Homeless:
Guest Check-In Assistant:
The shelter staff team is looking for volunteers that would assist in checking the bags of guests during the day as guests check-in to use the Day Shelter. Hours are flexible between 10 am and 5 pm, and volunteers can serve for the length of time they desire, and that best meets their convenience. For more details, please contact Ms. Fontella Humphreys at email@example.com for more details.
With The Bethesda Center being a 501(c)(3) non-profit that has worked to serve the homeless population of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County since 1987, every dollar matters. We have always depended on the generosity of those in this city to help us when needed, and at this time we are looking for someone that would volunteer their time and services to cut the grass at our location every other week. There is not much grass at all. It would probably only take around 30-minutes to complete the job. If you are interested, please contact Steve Keaton at 336-722-9951 ext. 1424.
Second Harvest Food Bank
At Second Harvest, we believe EVERYONE DESERVES TO EAT. We are the primary source of food for a network of more than 460 food assistance programs across an 18-county service area.
Each day of the week, we move 37 tons of food through our warehouses and out to where it is needed most. We could not do what we do without the support of wonderful volunteers like you who join us each day to help sort and repack donated food. Together, we help to make individual lives better and our communities healthy and hunger-free.
Upcoming opportunities to help out at our volunteer center are listed at this link.
If you have any trouble signing up, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need verification of your volunteer hours, please call to be approved prior to signing up!
If you are not going to be able to make on your selected day, please cancel your reservation by removing your name from the signup list so others may sign up to volunteer and we can plan accordingly.
Legal Aid of NC
Legal Aid of North Carolina seeks volunteers who can provide administrative support and assist with outreach efforts to spread the word about health coverage options through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Contact: 336-397-2358
- Offer support in the Legal Aid office for administrative tasks such as data entry, making photocopies, phone calls, and scheduling enrollment assistance appointments
- Make phone calls to referrals from community partners to assess eligibility for special enrollment period to sign up for health coverage immediately instead of waiting for open enrollment
- Assist certified healthcare navigators in outreach activities like making presentations or tabling to look for uninsured people and to educate the public about their health coverage options in the following settings/events:
- Jails/prisons/detention centers
- Treatment facilities
- Faith-based organizations
- Low-income housing developments
- Health fairs
- Community days
If you have several hours to spare, and looking for a flexible opportunity to volunteer, then look no further. Join our village of volunteers by assisting LEAD Girls of NC in making an impact in more than one way. Please see our list of hourly opportunities listed below. If you have any questions about our opportunities please contact us at email@example.com.
Whatever your passion you can put it to good use helping our neighbors in need! The ONLY way greeNest works is through the generous efforts of its volunteers. Whether for several hours here and there or on a regular basis, there is ALWAYS a need for your help! greeNest is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM and every Saturday from 9:00AM to Noon. As a volunteer you may be asked to do any number of jobs/tasks. These tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Moving furniture into, out of and around the warehouse. We are currently storing our donations in pods for a “quarantine” period before bringing them into our warehouse. We unload the pods twice a week, Tuesday and Friday.
- Cleaning furniture as it comes into the warehouse. This may include, vacuuming upholstered furniture, wiping hard surfaces down with cleaner/disinfectant and hand washing cookware and dinnerware.
- Creating our “Dining”, “Bed”, “Bath” and “Cooking” packs. Instructions and samples are available for reference.
- Working with a family and their case manager as they shop for their furnishings. There is a mandatory training before you are allowed to work with our participants.
- You can fill out our volunteer waivers and forms on our website
- If you are coming as a group, we can accommodate your schedule. However, we are limiting the number of people in the building at one time, so your group size will be limited to 5.
- We are taking all necessary precautions to protect our volunteers, participants and staff from COVID-19. Your temperature will be taken upon entering the building and you will wear a mask while working. Disposable gloves will be provided for your use.
We are in need of volunteers who will assist our Patient Advocates by making follow-up calls to clients. We try and touch base with our active clients about once every 3 months. We prefer, but do not require, to have volunteers who are cancer survivors make these calls. Call 1-336-760-9983
We are in need of volunteers to assist with office work – filing, making copies, putting together client folders, sorting laundry, stocking the mastectomy supplies, etc.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
The Virtual Big Program is an opportunity for local residents to be matched virtually with a Little Brother/Sister in a mentoring relationship for a minimum of six months. The program matches students with BBBS Littles on the waiting list to be matched with a long-term “Big” or mentor. Mentors will meet with students (Littles) for thirty-minutes to an hour each week to help with homework, play virtual games, or just have conversation!
Q: l How do I sign up to become a mentor?
A: You can sign up to be a mentor by email Maggie DeBaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How am I matched with a student?
A: After signing up and completing the necessary training, you will be matched with a Little by BBBS staff.
Q: What is the enrollment process to become a mentor?
A: (1) Complete application (2) Virutal Interview with BBBS staff (3) References Checked (4) Complete background check (5) Complete BBBS Pre-Match Training
Volunteers are needed to help prepare lunches (7 days a week, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm) and to help with dinner and overnight operations (7 nights a week, 6:00 pm – 7:30 am).
For the most up to date information and to sign up, please visit www.samaritanforsyth.org/volunteerreg
Once registered, volunteers can see available shifts and additional instructions.
LETTERS TO SENIORS: Volunteers can write letters to seniors who are facing isolation due to COVID-19. According to Senior Services Inc, there are 1400 seniors who are on the meals on the wheel list. The letters will be delivered to seniors directly through Meals on Wheels.
“Phone Pals” provides social visits through telephone calls as a non-touch way to combat loneliness and social isolation in our elders. Our volunteers provide a 30 minute phone call once a week to one of our home bound older adult participants. Volunteers and participants are matched by gender and interests. This is not a wellness check phone call, but rather a way to build a meaningful relationship with an older adult. Volunteers may commit to call one or more participants once per week. A background check is required, and the required training is provided via Zoom or conference call. Volunteers are asked to commit to calling for at least six months. More Info: click here.
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