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*United Way Partner Agency

The United Way Volunteer Center is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We understand there are many individuals in our community that may want to help. We will post here and in our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/VolunteerUWLHGO/
as opportunities become available.

For a complete list of ways you can help, please look under the menu for your county listings.

We strongly recommend you check agency websites or call them for updates before showing up to volunteer. Let’s work together to stay strong during this uncertain time so we’ll all be healthy and ready to help those who need us the most when the time comes.

Please follow these General Guidelines before you choose to volunteer:

*Community Cooperative-Meals on Wheels
Volunteer drivers are needed to help deliver freshly prepared meals to ensure that those in need are kept safe, comfortable, and living in their own homes. The departure of seasonal volunteers has left a void in many routes. Volunteers are essential to help keep this program running. Can you help? Please contact the volunteer services coordinator 239-332-0441 or email Rachell@communitycooperative.com  For more information: https://communitycooperative.com/give-help/volunteer/ posted 7/13/2020

*PACE Center for Girls
We are in need of new or gently-loved dresses, shoes, accessories and handbags for our Love that Dress event to benefit Pace Center for Girls in Lee County. Start cleaning out your closet now. Volunteers are needed to help with donation sorting weekly at the PACE center (Evans Ave) on Tuesdays. Sign up at  https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/36698895244223207/false#/invitation Volunteers can also help on Thursdays at the Miromar Outlets location 5:30pm-7:30pm. Sign up at  https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/75271845805/false#/invitation For more information contact Jessica.cosden@pacecenter.org  updated 7/6/2020

Builders Care-Special Event
Volunteers needed to help build a wheelchair ramp for a disabled homeowner in Fort Myers, Tuesday July 14-Thursday 16th. Start time 8:30am.
All materials, lunch and plenty of beverages to stay hydrated will be provided. Dress comfy. No experience needed. Please contact Builders Care at
239-938-0056 or email builderscare@bia.net to sign up and for address/directions. Posted 7/8/2020

*Children’s Network SWFL
Assist foster families through virtual volunteering. Research online or create ideas for no cost family interaction activities such as outdoor play games, homemade board games or ideas such as scavenger hunts around the home that families can do together. Ideas from “long ago” are also welcome. Submit in format that we can post online for families to access and send  them to Pam Malik, PMalik@cnswfl.org  posted 7/13/2020

Keep Lee County Beautiful-Special Project
Come join others and help plant mangroves July 18th. Time is 7:45am-12:00pm. Mangroves perform two vital roles; they serve as a nursery for a vast number of sea creatures, such as tarpon and wading birds, and they also serve as a barrier against storm surges, erosion and hurricanes. Volunteers will be ferried over on john boats from the launch site to the restoration location. (approximately a 5-minute ride) We will be planting 164 1-gallon sized Mangrove trees. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age due to the nature of this project. Water shoes or something similar is required, sandals or flip-flops are not allowed. There may be oysters or other sharp objects in the water near the restoration area. KLCB will provide all the necessary tools, neck buffs/gaiters, water and snacks. Volunteer participation is limited to only 30 participants, please only register if you are confident you will be able to attend this fun and worthwhile event. For more information and to sign up  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094aaaaa2ca4f49-mangrove  posted 7/2/2020

*Gulf Coast Humane Society
The talents of our compassionate and generous volunteers help keep our doors open. Volunteers are actively involved in the general care of the animals including walking/exercising, socializing, grooming, and cleaning kennels. Volunteers are also involved in special projects, events, humane education, offsite outreach programs and in-home foster care.  To learn more or to sign up  https://www.gulfcoasthumanesociety.org/become-a-volunteer.html  posted 7/1/2020

*Community Cooperative
Volunteers can help pack emergency food bags, deliver meals, help distribute food on a mobile food pantry and more. Choose from opportunities and dates that fit your schedule. We look forward to having you volunteer with us. Call the volunteer coordinator 239-332-7687 ext 100 or email rachell@communitycooperative.com
For more information call  239-332-0441 or visit https://communitycooperative.com/

Lee Health Blood Donors
Blood centers are still accepting donations, and this is a great way for community members to continue to help others during this public health crisis. With caring hearts and capable hands, Lee Health Blood Centers provide complete, compassionate, and quality services for our generous and caring community. All of the blood donated at our Blood Centers stays right here in Southwest Florida. That means, together, we can save lives, make an impact, and help the people you care about the most. Volunteer donors can find the closest blood center and make an appointment by calling: 239-343-2333 or visiting:  https://www.leehealth.org/find-a-location  updated 7/13/2020

*Hope HealthCare
Volunteer sewers are still needed to create face masks to be used by staff, volunteers and family members visiting their loved ones.To receive the information sheet with materials required and sewing instructions, email Colette.Johns@hopehcs.orgupdated 7/13/2020

*SalusCare
We are in need of masks to help protect staff during this COVID-19 pandemic. We currently have a small supply remaining and are anticipating a need for additional masks very soon. Volunteers can assist with crafting masks from material (videos are available on YouTube). We need 200 masks.  Please, if you have sources for fabric or can sew a mask from fabric, please let us know via Facebook or email us at info@saluscareflorida.org. We can also accept bandanas as well – anything to help to protect our employees providing vital care to patients. Updated 6/4/2020

*United Way We Care Collaborative
Calling all mask makers! Due to the northerly snowbird migration, most of our Mask Making Volunteers have now left. We have many hundreds more masks yet to make. We have all the supplies and patterns for you to pick up and do the sewing at home. A fair amount of the work does not require sewing skill, but that is always appreciated. Please contact Jacquelyn Kelley jacquelyn@unitedwaylee.org or cell 239.246.1170 (preferred). updated 6/9/2020

Family Initiative Inc.
Autism Family Food Distribution project. We are looking for volunteers to help drop off food and non perishables to families in need of support across SW Florida. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us info@fi-florida.org or 239-910-0712.  posted 5/15/2020

*Meals of Hope-Food Pantry at St. Mary’s in Bonita
10 volunteers needed on Mondays to help distribute fresh produce, canned goods, and frozen meat to families in Bonita. Volunteers ages 16 and up are welcome. Must wear closed toe shoes. To sign up and get more details click here  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafad23a7fa7-volunteer  posted 7/13/20

*The Salvation Army Fort Myers Command
With all that is happening in our community, the need for assistance is rising. Families and children need food and comfort. Would you please look in our Volunteer Portal and consider registering for one of the opportunities there? We have expanded our Food Pantry and have a variety of shifts available. Feel free to call or email with any questions or problems. Kris Volpone, 239-628-1422 Kristen.Volpone@uss.salvationarmy.org  posted 7/13/20

*United Way Volunteer Center
Looking for something to do a home and bring cheer to a local senior citizen facing loneliness due to isolation especially during the COVID outbreak?  Consider writing cards of encouragement for them. United Way has a “tip sheet” on suggested materials to use, what to say, and where they are appreciated. Email   Kim@unitedwaylee.org  updated 7/13/2020

Lee Health Military Support Group
Volunteers needed to help with Scrubs of Love, a project that can be done from home! Volunteers are re-purposing old scrubs (all been washed and dried). Phase one volunteers dismantled all the scrubs at the seams and now on to phase 2, time to sew blankets and quilts for first responders, the homeless and pillowcases for the patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital. This is a project for anyone who can sew. For more information email militarysupport@leehealth.org updated 7/2/2020

*Harry Chapin Food Bank
We are looking for help at the warehouse putting together emergency food kits. We have shifts working on them M-F 8:30-11:30 and 12-3. We are in need of over 7000 kits made per week. Volunteer opportunities also to help with food distribution on mobile pantries Monday-Saturday. To learn more or to sign up  https://harrychapinfoodbank.org/take-action/give-time/volunteer/  updated 7/9/2020

*Meals of Hope
Volunteers needed to pack bags of groceries to give out at our drive through pantries. You will be working in the Naples warehouse at 2161 J & C Blvd. Please sign up using the link  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafad23a7fa7-meals  Questions call Bobbi at 239-405-3392.To help volunteer with a mobile food pantry, Collier and South Lee Counties. Email Judy@mealsofhope.org. Please dress accordingly for either and you MUST wear closed toed shoes. updated 7/13/20

*Oasis Youth Shelter
We are in need of math and science tutors for our students in Fort Myers using a virtual, visual platform of your preference (Facetime, Zoom, Skype). If you can lend a hand please contact Shareet.Pennino@lsfnet.org or call 941-321-5497.  posted 7/13/2020

*Hope Healthcare
Will you send a smile? Many people in our care who live in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are in isolation. To brighten their day, we’re asking volunteers to write special messages. Your notes will let our isolated patients know that someone is thinking of them! Any format is fine, and you can include multiple notes in a single envelope! Notes or cards can be mailed to Hope Volunteer Coordinator Julie Golden, 13821 N Cleveland Ave, N Fort Myers, FL 33903. Posted 7/13/20

 

These general guidelines are designed to keep you safe so you can help others and we can all get through this crisis together.

  • DO NOT attempt to volunteer for any activity if in the last 14 days you have:
    • Traveled to any foreign country or to California, Washington, New York, Washington D.C., or Chicago (this list may change on short notice)
    • Been on a cruise or been in an airport
    • Been around anyone who has COVID-19
    • Been to an event where more than 250 people were in attendance
  • DO NOT show up to volunteer for any activity without confirming that there is a need for the activity, that it will be conducted, and that volunteer support is needed and expected.
  • DO check agency websites for updates and volunteer opportunities that may be available in your
  • BEFORE arriving for a volunteer shift, call ahead to the service agency and ask if any additional safety precautions should be taken before, during and after the
  • ALLOW extra time for additional screening from volunteer organizations or agencies to make sure you are cleared to volunteer for the task.
  • EXPECT that shifts or opportunities may be cancelled; especially volunteer opportunities working with the vulnerable populations. Please be gracious and understanding.
  • DO practice universal infection control precautions. Clean and wash your hands before, during, and after
  • DO clean any used spaces thoroughly before and after, including table top surfaces and door knobs/handles.
  • DO use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if needed for the
  • DO maintain 6-10 foot separation from others while conducting the
  • ASK about any risk that may be associated with the task and DO NOT take part if you are uncomfortable with the level of risk