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April 2020

Supporting Volunteer Efforts During Coronavirus

By Betsy McFarland

Our thoughts are with every company and organization dealing with COVID-19 as information changes minute-to-minute. We are diligently working to compile a list of resources to help leaders of volunteers deal with this quickly evolving situation and we need YOUR help!  We have started the list below. 

Share Your Resources

If you have sample communications, tips, trainings, or other resources you are using, please share them through our Coronavirus Response form.  If you have seen resources from others that you find helpful, let us know so we can share those too. We would love any and all suggestions.

Resource Directory (Continually updated)

Live Events and Free Classes

Weekly Discussion

  • Every Tuesday at Noon CT:  The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is hosting a weekly check in to give nonprofits a chance to talk with others about volunteer challenges during the COVID-19 shutdown

  • Facebook Live - AL!VE community discussions on COVID-19, Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement:
    - Fri 4/3 - 5:00 PM ET

Single Topic

Public Health Resources

Resources from Volunteer Centers, Associations, and Others

News Articles and Commentary about Volunteering During the Crisis

Volunteer Engagement Blogs

Examples of How Organizations Are Responding

Taking Care of Yourself and Your Volunteers

Leveraging Technology

Mitigating Risk

General Nonprofit & Volunteer-Related Resources

Resources by Organizational Mission

Animal Welfare Organizations:

Faith Based Organizations:

Food Banks:



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Comments from Readers

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Gerald (Jerry) ..., independent contractor, self employed, NY, United States

Thanks for posting this information. NYAVA has shared it on their Facebook Page as of yesterday and I shared in my blog post yesterday as well (my posts are shared on LinkedIn). Keep up the good work!

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Sue Carter Kahl, Sue Carter Kahl Consulting, San Diego, United States

Thanks for curating resources in one convenient location! Thanks also to those developing content and hosting conversations and training! I'm sharing them with my local networks.

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