Service and Volunteer Opportunities During COVID-19 Pandemic
While still honoring public health recommendations, Salem Covenant Church encourages you to help support increased needs in the community that are present during the coronavirus outbreak. There are many practical ways listed below that you can give of your time, talent, and treasure. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Shelli Streeper, Salem’s Outreach Director.
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Service and Volunteer Opportunities for Salemites During COVID-19
Volunteer and/or Be Generous
- Practice generosity in the form of patience, kindness, forgiveness, be gracious, assuming the best in people and situations.
- Practice empathy in infinite ways and do not compare your suffering with the suffering of others. On varying levels, we are all suffering and everyone’s feelings matter.
- Think about those in your friendship circles who may need a friendly phone call or note in the mail. Think of those who may be prone to anxiety or depression; older adults; single persons; those with compromised immune systems. Keep them company over the phone, do a devotion together, or pray for one another.
- SPRING CLEANING! Many people are using this time at home to tidy up and purge unwanted items from their homes. Here are a few places to donate your gently used things AFTER COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
- BOOKS: Global Academy Charter School in New Brighton is trying to grow the library at their new school site and welcome children and young reader type books.
- HOME FURNISHINGS: Bridging provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Please consider donating furniture, housewares, small appliances and electronics, mirrors, artwork, and pictures.
- CLOTHES: Union Gospel Mission accepts gently used seasonal men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing (size 2X-3X in particular); and outwear such as gloves, hats, coats; and footwear; and gently used towels; and gently used twin size bed lines.
- Homemade Cloth Masks are requested by healthcare communities everywhere. Instructions can be found here and donation sites can be found at Allinahealth.org. In addition to hospitals needing these supplies, local care facilities do as well (nursing and assisted living homes) so please consider where you would like to donate.
- Give Blood! Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there is a critical need for blood. Visit www.redcross.org to find a donation site near you.
- Donate FUNDS, not food, to Your Local Food shelf! Food sources are harder to find these days for folks dealing with food insecurity. Most food shelves are NOT accepting volunteers, food donations, or food rescue at this time. Instead, we are being encouraged to donate money. Monetary donations stretch farther anyways as food shelves have access to wholesale pricing structures that we, the end consumer, do not. Community needs have increased 30-40% with many new families seeking food sources. Please give as you are able.
- Ralph Reeder Food Shelf in Mounds View
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Financial Giving: The needs of our ministry partners do not go away just because a pandemic is upon us. In fact, the need intensifies. Be faithful to give as your financial resources allow. Here is a list of Salem ministry partners that need financial help at this time.
- Community Support Center in New Brighton