Volunteering in a Time of Need
The health and well-being of all Kentuckians is everyone's shared priority. At Serve Kentucky, we are working on a list of volunteer needs in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Serve Kentucky works to help citizens of the Commonwealth help their neighbor in need while complying with evolving guidelines for health and safety.
Take precautions when volunteering. We are grateful that individuals want to volunteer in this time of need; however, personal health and safety are always of primary importance. If you are feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms, please consider ways to volunteer virtually or by phone to limit the potential for viral transmission. Review the CDC recommendations for age limits and health status when considering volunteering.
The best sources of COVID‐19 information are:
Click below to see the current needs in our community.
Ways You Can Help
Donate Blood or Plasma
Kentucky is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood. Donating blood is a safe process, and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood.
Complete Your Census
2020 Census is available online. Census data directs billions of dollars of funding into communities each year, and Kentucky is at risk of losing significant funding and other impacts. Do your part while you’re at home and be counted.
Check On Your Neighbors
As more and more people experience isolation, we encourage you to call and check-in on your neighbors, especially those who may not have support networks or adequate resources. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed right now but building connections and empathy can go a long way in reducing stress. Calling and texting is a good example of responsible social distancing.
Serve Kentucky COVID-19 Neighbor Check-in
Use Your Technology Skills to Help a Local Church with Online Streaming
As places of worship are being asked to close to in-person services, reach out to your local ministerial association and see if you can help set up services such as Facebook Live, YouTube channels, etc.
Learn More About the Health Emergency
Create a profile on the
DisasterReady platform, and you will have access to thousands of courses in the humanitarian, development, and nonprofit sectors.
COVID-19 Learning Resources: This collection of free resources from reputable health organizations such as WHO, CDC, KonTerra, and EJ4 will help responders of COVID-19 to work safely and promote infection prevention, preparedness, and well-being during this pandemic.
Complete ServSafe Food Handler Certification
For 30 years,
ServSafe has been at the forefront of preparing restaurant and foodservice workers to deliver safe dining experiences. With the challenges presented by COVID-19, ServSafe has developed free courses to keep our workers and the dining public safe.
Check back as this page is continually updated when volunteerism opportunities present themselves.
Preparedness for Organizations
Organizations that are accepting volunteers should adhere to all CDC and Kentucky Department of Public Health guidelines for social distancing. Additional restrictions such as limiting volunteers to best protect vulnerable populations may be appropriate. All volunteers should be screened prior to beginning work. If someone has a fever, cough, or other symptoms, they should be sent home. All volunteers should wash hands regularly and all areas of the service site should be properly disinfected at each shift change. When at all possible, develop ways for volunteers to help virtually.
As you continue to navigate volunteer management during a pandemic,
Energize Inc. has compiled a variety of resources and best practices for managing volunteers. We encourage you to take a look to find resources, peer learning, and support.