Virtual Service Learning Opportunities

 

Agency or Activity Project Description Connect Location
Southwest Human Development Card Campaign – help us thank our donors by composing handwritten cards. The best part – you can do this one from anywhere and at any time. Link to website Valley-wide
Southwest Human Development Little Free Librarians – Visit Little Free Libraries in your community, and report back about their condition. Do this on your own time at your own pace. Link to website Valley-wide
Southwest Human Development Cloth Face Masks for Home Visitors - Southwest Human Development home visitors continue to protect Arizona children by doing welfare checks and home inspections. To help them stay safe, we need your help! Please consider making cloth face masks to support their health and safety during this difficult time. Masks can be mailed. Mail to Southwest Human Development
Attn: Annette Sutfin
2850 N. 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008.
Valley-wide
Making Masks for Community Agencies If you are crafty, make face masks and donate to one of several community agencies, or to people in your community. There is a link to a pattern in the next box but there are many resources available. We also heard that Joann Fabrics is donating material to anyone who is making masks. Students should call ahead to check. Link to a pattern Valley-wide
United Way Encouragement Cards - Create messages of hope for kids. Your note will be packed in Weekend Hunger Backpacks that are sent home to kids who may not have reliable access to food outside of school. No drop-offs are accepted as of April, please contact the agency to get an address to mail the cards. Link to website Valley-wide
United Way Send Virtual Thank You card to teachers. Thank teachers! Valley-wide
United Way Our local and community nonprofits are in need of masks, and you can help by making masks at home! With basic materials that you can find at home, you can help make and donate to multiple nonprofits around the valley. Donate Masks Valley-wide
United Way Support Free Arts by helping them create affirmation cards. Affirmation Cards Valley-wide
United Way Help Free Arts keep supplies ready by creating collage image “grab bags” for mentor groups (this helps mentor groups save time sorting through magazines and helps us eliminate images that may not be appropriate for youth). Grab bag cutouts Valley-wide
United Way Social distancing is affecting us all but can be especially hard if you are away from family and friends completely. You can help brighten someone’s day by writing a note, drawing a picture of sending a card and let someone know you are thinking about them. Send a Note Valley-wide
United Way Stay home and volunteer! Check out the list of various opportunities to make it happen and make a difference. Make it happen Valley-wide
Create a resources list, inspirational video or activity Create a list of resources for people during social distancing and self-isolation. Lists could include: Upcoming food distribution sites/dates, Hours of seniors-only shopping at grocery stores, Grocery delivery services, Tips for keeping kids busy and/or educational resources, List of locally-owned restaurants still offering takeout, etc. Or, start a social media campaign in your neighborhood or community to lift people’s spirits – messages in chalk, signs in windows, etc. Here’s an article with a couple of examples. Valley & nation-wide
Mountain Park Health Center Donation Calls for PPE – we have generated a list of all the places we refer patients to ask if they have any PPE they are able to donate. This list is a couple of hundred pages long – so far we have gotten about 1,000 masks donated this way but would welcome any help someone would be willing to offer. We are doing the same with an email campaign to many places. Email Brooks Dockter Valley-wide
HALO Animal Rescue HALO has approximately 400 pets in its care at any time. It takes a lot of supplies to keep each pet happy, healthy, and comfortable! Our animals love toys for comfort and fun. You can make them at home. Follow the links below for a tutorial, and drop them off after the pandemic is over. Click here for HALO's website and DIY Toy Tutorials Valley-wide
Senior Housing Division (City of Phoenix) Senior Citizens need Quick Tip Guides on computer topics---like how to tell if you are on a secure site, how to do an online job search, how to find reliable coupons, etc. Students could create quick videos and/or step-by-step info guides on these topics or others. Email Jessica for connection to City of Phoenix Valley-wide
Southland Hospice Volunteers are needed to become "pen pals" to seniors otherwise living in isolation due to COVID-19. Send cards, letters of encouragement, or just a note introducing yourself to start a pen pal conversation. Letters can be mailed to:
Any Resident
4527 N 16th St #201
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Valley-wide
Boys & Girls Club We are seeking volunteers to create and provide 10-15 minute interactive, synchronous "live-stream" activities through Zoom at pre-scheduled times. BGCVAZ provides the zoom link but volunteers need access to a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer with a video cam and audio OR a smartphone with video and audio in order to participate. These opportunities work well for 1-3 volunteers. Volunteers may include family members, including four-legged friends, as appropriate for the activity. Ideas may be Read-Aloud storytime, simple art projects, music activities, or physical challenges. Email Donna Martin Metro Phoenix
American Heart Association Social Media posts and Support Network (online forum to provide encouragement and tips to heart and stroke patients). Volunteer with American Heart Association Valley & Nation-wide
American Cancer Society Use online and social media skills to share important messages that save lives – such as information about cancer advocacy, online petitions, and fundraising needs. Volunteer duties in this area can range from emailing your state legislature to help make cancer a national priority, to participating in a virtual version of Relay For Life. Get involved: American Cancer Society Valley & Nation-wide

 

This list was provided by the District Service Learning Committee. For more information or to add a project, please contact Jessica Brosilo