Volunteering with community organizations:
Community-based organizations face human resource challenges and possible long-term financial deficits. Volunteer opportunities to support organizations and our community during this time remain, including non-clinical, remote, and limited-contact community service. The Yale Schools of Public Health (YSPH), Nursing, and Medicine and the Center for Research and Engagement are partnering with United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH) to share the many urgent opportunities within our area. Please visit this link to learn more. UWGNH is coordinating volunteer opportunities such as reading to kids from your home and making and/or distributing masks. Contact email@example.com for more information, or visit our Short-Term Urgent Volunteer Needs page for a broader list of at home and in person volunteer needs.
Another option is through NewHavenHelpWithCovid.com, a New Haven-wide volunteer management platform created by Yale students where Yale, local university students and residents of New Haven can apply for on-site or remote COVID-19 volunteer positions, and where local non-profits and government can recruit and on-board volunteers quickly. You can also follow it on Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for the newsletter to receive updates on the latest openings.
If you have already volunteered in any capacity in any location, or if you are still interested in doing so, please complete this very brief survey.
The Coordinated Food Assistance Network of Greater New Haven is seeking drivers for the Pantry to Pantry grocery delivery program! Pantry to Pantry is for low-income households in the Greater New Haven area who would like to access a food pantry, but can't leave home due to age, health status, or disability. Drivers will pick up food for 4-7 households from a pantry in downtown New Haven, along with all the information and materials required to make the deliveries safely in under 2 hours. Please fill out this form, and a member of the Pantry to Pantry team will send a text in the next few days to schedule your first delivery route.
If you or someone you know needs Pantry to Pantry deliveries, enroll by calling the hotline: 888-910-2960.
Community service learning
In addition to community-based volunteer opportunities, there may be community service learning opportunities to assist in public health efforts to address COVID-19, such as fielding questions at a telephone bank, contact tracing, or assisting in researching best practices. Community service learning is distinct from volunteering in that it combines the application of public health skills and knowledge to meet societal needs. YSPH is engaged in a national community health worker training initiative (https://volunteersurge.com/). A webpage will be up soon to capture your interest but, in the meantime, you may contact YSPH Chief of Staff, Heidi Richard (Heidi.firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact information.
Specifically for students interested in community service learning and APE, a new resource section has been created with SAYPH’s counsel on the myYSPH COVID site. If you would like to donate for food or other compelling community needs, here is one option, in the words of President Salovey,
"[Yale] will fully match every dollar given by faculty, students, and staff up to our $5 million goal". The fund will be managed by Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs …. To contribute to this fund, please click here
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, there is a nationwide blood shortage. If you are interested in donating blood, please contact the Red Cross for an appointment.