Get Involved, Give Back, Serve
As our Husky family finds itself spread across the world this Spring, we have come to realize now more than ever the importance of continual dedication to civic engagement and service. Thus, we encourage each of you to get involved by finding opportunities to serve! Even though we cannot always volunteer together, there are many ways to give back. We have compiled a list of opportunities that most anyone can pursue regardless of geographic location. To all of you that volunteer your time and talents – YOU are our Husky Helpers! We appreciate all that you do. Keep an eye out, as this page will be updated on a regular basis.
The following suggestions are projects/activities/philanthropic actions that you can complete in most locations, or according to your own schedule, that will benefit your neighbors and the global community. Some may ask that you commit to serving over a sustained period of time while others only ask that you log in and serve whenever is convenient for you.
Please note that some of these opportunities and organizations require that you register/create an account before you can participate and some of these opportunities may include downloading an app to your smartphone or device for participation.
Did you know that the census informs congressional representation, federal funding allocations, and legislation that directly affects your community for the next ten years? Take some time to learn more and then fill out this year's census. Then, take it one step further and reach out to ten friends to make sure that they also have completed theirs! You can even access resources to promote census completion on your personal social media page here! Doing your part to ensure an accurate count is a great way to care for others in your community.
To learn more about the census and to be counted, visit this website: United States Census 2020
Earn corporate donations for the charity of you choice simply by running, walking, swimming, etc. Download the Charity Miles app, choose the cause you would like to benefit, and get moving! Every mile that you log earns money for the charity you have chosen.
Learn more about how it works, and download the app using the following link: Charity Miles
Spend some time outdoors by taking a walk in your neighborhood or favorite space. Bring a bag and some gloves and pick up trash as you go. Make sure you dispose of garbage in the proper receptacle and try to recycle when possible! You can also use this time for personal reflection or to catch up with loved ones over the phone. Remember to follow all CDC health guidelines for social distancing in your area whenever travelling outside. Thank you for doing your part to keep your community beautiful and to keep our world healthy!
Lights Off to Reduce Energy Consumption
Don’t stop your energy conservation activities just because Earth Day is over - everyday as an opportunity to reduce your energy consumption! Look around and decide which non-essential lights can be turned. Next, decide how many hours you want to leave those lights off. You can reduce greenhouse gasses by up to .15 pounds per hour that you keep lights off. For more information on how to be sustainable, check out the Alternative Energy Enterprise.
Contribute toward care packages sent to troops and first responders around the world by writing letters of thanks. You can learn more about the mission of Operation Gratitude here. Currently, there is an urgent need for thank you letters written specifically to deployed troops, first responders, and emergency medical personnel on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. For letter writing guides that meet Operation Gratitude's specification, please click here.
To make this easy (and because the organization requests that letters not be sent in separate envelopes), we recommend that you compose your letters electronically and email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will print and send all letters together.
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
The Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is an organization located in Hancock that is committed to providing friendship and service to lonely and isolated elderly people. They are an extended family of elders, volunteers, donors, and employees dedicated to making a difference in the lives of elderly people. They are always looking for volunteers to help with seasonal cleanups, chopping firewood, visiting with the elderly (even virtually!), holiday celebrations, and much more. Find out how you can help by visiting their website. They currently have some additional virtual volunteer opportunities available as well.
Register to Vote!
More than 21% are not registered to vote. Take some time to register if you have not, and then help inform others of the importance of voting. Contact 5+ people (email, call, text, tag) and ask them if they're registered to vote. If not, send them this link and encourage them to register. Helping others make themselves heard is a valuable service to our communities and nation!
United Way’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. They offer a website in which you can search your local area for ways to serve. Check out volunteer opportunities in your local area here.
Project Gutenberg - Proofreading
Project Gutenberg is a free online library that promotes public literacy through the creation of ebooks. You can contribute to this ongoing project by joining a vibrant community of volunteers who proofread pages. Visit the volunteer page and register to become a Distributed Proofreader to get started.
The Smithsonian Institute - Transcribing
You can help The Smithsonian Institute to make collections more accessible by volunteering to transcribe historical documents and collection records. These transcriptions facilitate research and extend great learning opportunities to everyone. With a wide range of special interests to transcribe, who knows? You may even learn something new as well! You can learn more about the history of Smithsonian digital volunteering and the importance of transcriptions here. If you are new to transcribing, there are helpful guides and instructions available here.
If you are interested in participating, use this link to register a username to your email address and following the instructions after you have signed up found here: Become a Smithsonian Institute Digital Volunteer