Volunteer Opportunities for You to Get Involved in during COVID-19



Maddy Chen, Staff Writer

Talk To a Teen Project– This is a student lead service program where teens can virtually interact with hospital patients and senior residents currently in isolation. Here’s a link to their Instagram where you can fill out a Google Form to sign-up: https://www.instagram.com/talk_to_a_teen/

Cards for COVID (Small Hands Big Hearts)– This is a club at Green Hope that has organized a way for students to make/write cards that will be sent to hospital workers and staff at UNC Rex and around Wake County. Send a typed letter to: [email protected] Their Instagram can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/ghshbhu/

Brace With Grace 19– Help make friendship bracelets for my business! 100% of all proceeds are given to WakeMed and UNC Health’s COVID-19 response efforts and relief funds. Money goes towards a variety of needs including increasing testing capacity, supporting healthcare workers, and providing telemedicine and community support to homeless shelters, which includes food, transportation, childcare and housing funds. Our Instagram is: https://www.instagram.com/bracewithgrace19/

Wake County Food Support– Providing free meals for children, food shuttle and drive opportunities, in addition to volunteer opportunities at locations across the county, Wake County Food Support needs donations. Donate online here: https://cs.wcpss.net/index.php?route=sscontroller/covid_donation

NAN Greeting Cards– NAN, a club at Green Hope, is creating greeting cards for senior living centers, masks to donate to local hospitals, and presentations about health issues for international places that lack awareness. They are also offering virtual tutoring help in English. Contact [email protected] to get involved. 

NC United Under Art: A statewide student-run organization to help artists affected by the Coronavirus. As of April 16, they’ve raised $756 for artists. Currently, there are two digital collaborations occuring: one for musicians and one for visual artists. Their Instagram is here: https://www.instagram.com/ncunitedunderart/

Wake County Youth Missions– A sophomore at Green Hope has reached out to inform us about this high-school funded organization currently taking part in a food drive and donating all proceeds generated to local food banks. They are working to create a website that hosts a variety of different service opportunities. Contact Shashank Ganapathiraju at (919)-272-5460.

Do you have a 3D printer at home? The Green Hope robotics team, FRC 5190, are working with NC State to print 3D face shields that will be distributed to WakeMed for health officials. Here’s their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frc5190/. Anyone with access to a 3D printer is welcome to help.View https://news.ncsu.edu/2020/04/3d-printers-face-shields-wakemed/ for more information. 

Crosspointe Church and the YMCA are collaborating to help alleviate the issue of hunger for our students who are part of the local Backpack Buddy program.  Effective Monday, March 16th, they will begin collecting items to distribute to families impacted by the school closure. If your school has students who may go hungry due to school closures, please inform their families that they can drive through to pick up bags of food. Check out Crosspointe’s website for other ways to get involved at: http://crosspointe.org/covid-19-assistance

Dorcas Ministries– Dorcas is continuing to accept donations at their drop off area during regular hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and accepting monetary donations here: dorcascary.org/donations/. For information on how to donate food and what items are needed, go to dorcascary.org/food-pantry-needs-2/.

NC Artist Relief Fund– This fund, created by VAE Raleigh, Artspace, PineCone and the United Arts Council, serves artists whose gigs and exhibitions have been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. To donate, visit vaeraleigh.org/artist-relief-fund. 

The Glass Jug Beer Lab– The South Durham Bottle Shop and Brewery is collecting donations and non-perishable foods. Cash and food donations will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Cleaning supplies are also welcomed. The Raleigh Hunger Relief Group is seeing a volunteer shortage due to cancellations. Those willing and interested in packing meals can email [email protected] or visit foodshuttle.org.

Oak City Cares– This Raleigh group works with those experiencing homelessness and is asking for non-latex gloves, disinfectant wipes and Lysol spray, along with volunteers and donations. To help visit oakcitycares.org.

Note in the Pocket– In addition to continuing to accept clothing donations at their donation center and remote locations, Note in the Pocket is accepting food donations for those affected by school closings at their Volunteer Center, 5100 Lacy Avenue, Raleigh 27609, between 9 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday. 

Urban Ministries of Wake County– Workers are filling up to 50 cars a day with a week’s worth of groceries from their food pantry at 1390 Capital Boulevard. The Helen Wright Center for Women at 401 W Cabarrus Street is open and housing 33 women who are now staying all day. They are seeking some lunches and dinners for them from the community. If you are interested in helping, contact Carrie Pitts-Densmore at [email protected] or visit www.urb.anmin.org.