Now more than ever, volunteers deserve to be recognized and appreciated. It just so happens that April is National Volunteer Awareness Month, so we thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some of the incredible work volunteers throughout the world are doing in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
From providing support to the elderly, to sewing masks and making meals for our health care workers, volunteers throughout the world are rising to the occasion to help, both in person and volunteering virtually. The feeling of being able to help, even in a small way, is one of the many benefits of volunteering to our mental and physical.
COVID-19 volunteer heroes
Some of the many volunteers doing some incredible work include:
Vittorio Foglio, Switzerland
Supporting the elderly
A leader of Geneva’s Perceval Scouts troupe, Vittorio Foglio made it his mission to help the elderly within his community by delivering essential supplies to minimise their risk of contracting the virus.
Adopt a Health Care Worker, Australia
Helping those who help us
Thousands of volunteers have already signed up to Adopt a Health Care Worker, volunteering their services to cook, clean and babysit for our medical staff who are working long hours on the frontline to help those who need it most.
Xian Lu, China
Meals for our healthcare workers
With our health care workers risking their safety and their lives to help others, Xian Lu moved to Wuhan to volunteer and cook meals for the city’s medical staff. In 40 days she cooked over 20,000 meals. That’s 400 meals a day!
The NHS Volunteer Scheme, Great Britain
Rising to the call for help
In the space of a few weeks, England acquired a million-strong network of social volunteers to help cook meals, deliver medicines from pharmacies, drive patients to and from appointments and bring them home from hospital.
Masks for Seattle, USA
Sewing to protect our heroes
With mask supplies running low, Seattle hospital, Providence St Joseph Health, provided mask kits to the community with thousands of volunteers rising to the occasion to help, sewing hundreds of masks for the hospital.
Volunteers: an army of heroes
As always, in times of crisis, it's humbling to see how quickly volunteers jump in to help. The value of volunteers in the community can never be underestimated, learn more about how to quantify the value volunteers bring to your organisation here.
Read our CEO message on COVID-19.