Anyone familiar with our United Way knows just how crucial volunteers are to our day to day operations. And, having operated our volunteer center since the early 1970s, we've learned a thing or two about the importance of running a coordinated effort to really make the best use of people's time and talents.
That's why we were honored when Buncombe County's Emergency Operations Center team asked us to manage some key areas of work during this health crisis.
In addition to the crucial role our NC 2-1-1 team members are playing to get high quality and factual information out to residents about COVID-19 and available health and human resources, our volunteer center is also taking center stage organizing community response efforts.
In this week's video, Dan shares a bit about his own personal experience volunteering at a food pantry in Candler as well as providing some stats about community response. Check it out:
Your Next Steps
- Visit our volunteer center's website. You can find and sign up for the latest volunteer projects - some can be done from home but most are out in the community. On this page, you can also find good health and safety tips to remember while volunteering. You will also find a link to a form that you can use if you have supplies that you'd like to donate. Many nonprofits are looking for donations of in-kind gifts and we can help you do that.
- Can't volunteer but still want to help? Follow us on your favorite social channel and share our stories and links with your people! How easy is that? Too easy!
- Don't forget to dial 2-1-1 if you need help for yourself or someone else. Our call center staff are available 24/7 and they will help you find answers to your questions and connect you to community or governmental resources. Don't forget you can also view an awesome list that we've compiled with our partners at Buncombe County.