Donegal Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland have launched a #volunteerfromhome campaign to inspire people to help out in their community while staying safely apart.
There are many ways that people can lend a helping hand, with remote options such as microvolunteering, virtual volunteering, and physical volunteering.
There is a role for everyone, according to John Curran of Donegal Volunteer Centre.
“From something simple like counting birds and insects in your garden in order to help document Ireland’s wildlife to something more long term like helping an organisation with their social media – there is a lot on offer. We have even seen an increase in knitting projects so there really is something for everyone,” John said.
Over 12,000 new volunteers have registered on the national volunteering database, I-VOL, in the last few weeks.
John said: “The most important thing we can all do right now is stay home and limit the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean people can’t still give back and get involved. We have seen such a huge outpouring of support from people willing to help and there are so many organisations that still need ongoing support during this crisis.
“We know that many people have lost jobs, hobbies and connections. Volunteering is a great way to make a contribution and it can really help give a sense of purpose. It has also been proven to be beneficial for our mental health and well-being – something which is of the utmost important right now.”
The #volunteerfromhome campaign will run for the duration of the COVID-19 restrictions and showcase the different ways people can get involved. Volunteer Ireland is also developing resources for organisations to support them to engage existing and new volunteers remotely.
More information on the campaign and ways to volunteer from home can be found at www.volunteer.ie/volunteers/volunteer-from-home