Lee County Opportunities


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*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

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
Volunteers are needed to help pack emergency food and deliver meals to Meals on Wheels Clients. Call 239-433-SOUP. updated 4/1/2020

Lee Health Blood Donors
Cancelled blood drives through our mobile donation bus has resulted in a significant loss of at least 300 units of blood in the past week. 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. All blood donated at Lee Health remains here for use within our community. Giving blood remains safe, and helps save lives in our community. Volunteer donors can find the closest blood center and make an appointment by calling: 239-343-2333 or visiting: https://www.leehealth.org/our…/blood-centers/blood-donations  posted 4/1/2020

Car Care Ministry-Special Event
Volunteers needed for the April 4th Now May 2nd event at First Christian Church on McGregor Blvd. The event is 8:00am-11:00am. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, topping of car fluids, inspecting lights and with oil changes. This event serves financially challenged single mothers, widows/widowers and seniors. To sign up call Margo 941-416-9946 or email masterservants@gmail.com  updated 3-18-20

*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 3/19/20

*Hope Healthcare
Volunteer sewers needed to create face masks due to the increased demand and supply chain issues. To receive the information sheet with materials required and sewing instructions email Colette.Johns@HopeHCS.org  posted 3/24/2020

*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. Posted 3/24/2020

MADD Southwest Florida
We have social distancing volunteer opportunities. You just need a computer! We will certify you as a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) court monitor after taking an online tutorial. Then, we will navigate online court monitoring using arrest records, clerk of court records and MADD records to document DUI cases. The purpose of court monitoring is to find trends so our collaborative response and strategy can be adjusted to specific needs of our Southwest Florida community. Email Lori Burke at lori.burke@madd.org or call 239.691.3338.  posted 3/24/2020

*Meals of Hope
Volunteers needed to pack bags of groceries to give out at our drive through pantries. Please sign up using the link below.
Shifts are Monday-Friday 9am-11am and Tuesday and Thursday 5pm-7pm. You will be working in the Naples warehouse
at 2161 J & C Blvd. Please dress accordingly and you MUST wear closed toed shoes.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4bafad23a7fa7-meals  posted 3/26/20

*Harry Chapin Food Bank
To learn more about volunteering with Harry Chapin Food Bank in this time of need, click
https://harrychapinfoodbank.org/take-action/give-time/volunteer/  posted 3/27/2020

*United Way Volunteer Center
Cheer up a local senior citizen facing loneliness amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Note cards of encouragements can be made at your home and mailed or dropped of at local facilities that are accepting them. For a “tip sheet” on what materials to use and what to say email Kim@unitedwaylee.org  posted 3/31/2020

*United Way We Care Collaborative
Calling all those who sew. We have had a request to sew masks for children. There are
many tutorials that can be found online at You Tube, JoAnn Fabrics and others previously posted on this page. This
is a very short overview of how to make one. Note however the size requested for children is 5 3/4 x 3 3/4.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nkFkQXaUbQ  Can you help? Contact Jacquelyn Kelley jacquelyn@unitedwaylee.org or 239-433-7570  posted 3/31/2020

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