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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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Opportunities to Serve

For those who cannot be with us on September 27, we encourage you to find ways to serve remotely. If you do, please let us know about it and share your experience! #CONCORDIAserves

Call Your Loved Ones

Reach out to the people that matter most to you.

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Contact Your Local Church and Offer to Help

There are many ways to serve at local churches. Find out what ways would be most helpful and offer to help.

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Contact Your Local Food Bank

Reach out to your local food bank and offer your help.

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CUI Alumni Postcards

CUI Alumni are asked to send encouraging postcards to their professors. CUI will provide postcards, addresses, and postage to all interested alumni.

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Donate Blood

Help save lives by offering to donate blood.

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Grocery Pickup/Delivery

Going to the grocery store can be life-threatening to the elderly and people who are immunocompromised. As a result, many vulnerable people are struggling to feed themselves during this pandemic.

Meals on Wheels, the organization that provides meal delivery services to the elderly, has been increasingly strapped for resources during this period, as requests for meals have skyrocketed. You can volunteer to be a Meals on Wheels driver here, keeping in mind that they have implemented a new protocol to ensure the safety of both their volunteers and the people they serve. The Salvation Army also runs a similar program, delivering meals to people in need.

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Help Virtually at a Local Red Cross

There are many ways to support American Red Cross. Reach out to a location near you and ask how you can help.

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Letter Writing

Write encouraging notes to essential workers, elderly and shut-ins, and members of the military. CUI will provide pre-designed note cards to which you can add a personal note.

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Nursing Home "Thinking of You" Videos, Emails, Phone Calls

Many nursing homes have completely cut off all visitation in order to stop the spread of the virus. This has created a need for family members to visit their relatives through windows or teach seniors to use video calling apps.

But not all the elderly people in nursing homes have relatives or friends to help them feel less lonely during the pandemic. Nursing home residents are feeling the emotional toll of isolation, and nurses and caregivers are calling for the public to send cards to brighten the day.

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Put Your Love of Reading to Use

For history buffs and book nerds, these two volunteer opportunities won’t even feel like work. With Smithsonian Transcribers, you can transcribe images of historical documents, including field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, photo albums, and manuscripts, into digital form to help make this data more accessible. And with Bookshare—which created a library that makes reading easier for people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers—you can scan textbooks, best sellers, children’s books, and career resources or proofread and format scans that others have made.

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Research and Expose Human Rights Violations

Amnesty International’s Amnesty Decoders program gamifies and crowdsources research. Using your computer or phone, you’ll sift through photos, information, and documents and answer simple questions to help identify human rights violations. Past projects have included analyzing Tweets about female politicians in India for abusive language; using satellite imagery of remote villages in Darfur to find evidence that they’d been attacked; and verifying investigation reports about oil spills in the Niger Delta to find false or misleading information. Note: Currently, the program doesn’t have any active projects, but if you register, you’ll be notified when the next one launches.

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Run Errands for Immunocompromised Neighbors

You don't have to be affiliated with an organization to help your community. Running errands for elderly or vulnerable neighbors is one of the best ways to make a difference. Many people who cannot leave their homes are not just in need of food -- they may also need toiletries, to have a prescription picked up, or a package delivered to the post office.

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Thank You Messages to Local Hospitals

Write letters or emails to local hospitals to thank them for continued efforts to keep us as safe and healthy as possible in these difficult times.

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Volunteer Online for the United Nations

Much like the American Red Cross, the United Nations (U.N.) has myriad volunteer needs that can be done remotely. Its online platform matches volunteers with U.N. partner organizations that are ending poverty, building peace, advancing gender equality, and more for roles that include outreach and advocacy, research, teaching and training, technology development, and administration.

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