COVID-19 Volunteer

Help Our Neighbors In Need From Your Home

Volunteer Opportunities

DIY Masks

In the midst of the COVID-19 response, NVFS wants to do our part to preserve ready-made masks for medical facilities so we’re asking you to make masks for our staff on the front lines and clients coming for essential services like food assistance or staying at our shelter. There are tons of great DIY masks videos and instructions online, many of which don’t require sewing. Your help will ensure that we have plenty of masks to distribute to our staff and clients.
Supplies: two elastic ponytail holders, one 18” by 18” cloth handkerchief and one coffee filter per mask. Please refer to this handy CDC “how to” flyer (instructions on page 3). You can also view a brief instructional video to see the steps in action.

Please contact C’Asha Faltz at cfaltz@nvfs.org for additional assistance and the next steps.

Reading to Retain

Schools and childcare centers have closed throughout the state and care-givers have found themselves trying to fill their children’s day with fun learning activities to keep them engaged and help retain what they learned during the academic year. You can help them meet the school system recommended 15-20 minutes of daily reading by sharing your, or your child’s favorite story. Simply record yourself (or your family) reading a book, being sure to show the pictures, and send a video link to volunteer@nvfs.org. Videos will be made available for the children in our shelter and shared with children who are enrolled in our early childhood programs. We will even add the best of these to our YouTube channel for the whole community.

Please contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org for questions or more information.

Movement Matters

Stay-at-home orders can be especially tricky for energetic young bodies that need to constantly be on the move. You can help! Experienced yoga instructors, dance teachers, personal trainers and preschool and PE teachers are encouraged to record and submit kid-friendly videos to get our shelter children moving throughout day. Videos should be no longer 10-15 minutes. Simply record and send a video link to volunteer@nvfs.org. We will even add the best of these to our YouTube channel for the whole community.

Please contact Navara Cannon at ncannon@nvfs.org for questions or more information.

Homemade Summer Camp Kits

A traditional day camp might not be possible for the children staying at the SERVE shelter this summer, but you can help to make the summer special for them by creating a summer camp in a bag! Assemble daily activity kits for children 5-12 years old to stimulate their minds and imagination despite these times of social distancing. The summer camp in bag activities can use simple items, many of which you probably already have at your home. To get your wheels turning, make-your-own clothespin butterflies or finger monster puppets are two examples.

Please contact Julie Martinez at jrmartinez@nvfs.org if you are interested in this opportunity.