Organizations and nonprofits in Athens are in need of volunteers, now more than ever. As families and individuals face the impacts of COVID-19, the need for support continues to grow.
That’s why UGA’s Office of Service-Learning has coordinated local volunteer opportunities through the Engage Georgia (GivePulse) platform. From donating supplies to distributing meals, volunteers can find service opportunities based on their interests and availability.
“Now is a critical time for campus and community members to volunteer because our local nonprofits rely heavily on college-aged students and older adult volunteers to provide essential services in our community,” said Josh Podvin, assistant director for community partnerships with OSL. “With most of our college-aged volunteers returning home for distance learning and many of our older adults sheltering in place due to the risk of infection, our nonprofit community faces a reduced capacity to provide those essential services.”
While each agency has developed its own protocols for ensuring volunteer safety, it’s important for anyone interested in volunteering to follow the CDC’s guidelines to minimize the risks of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19.
Opportunities are added frequently, so individuals interested in volunteering are encouraged to check back regularly.