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Community Engagement Opportunities
Many people feel like they want to help and give back right now. However, due to the COVIC-19 pandemic, traditional forms of volunteering are not available. At the same time, the needs in our communities are very high. Thank you for exploring this page and supporting our local Fredericksburg community and others during this difficult time. Here you will find ways to support local nonprofits, support local businesses, support healthcare workers, and engage in virtual volunteering. You can choose from the following options:
- Virtual volunteering
- Supporting nonprofits in Fredericksburg
- Supporting healthcare workers
- Civic engagement
Supporting nonprofits in Fredericksburg
Many nonprofit organizations in Fredericksburg are struggling as they continue to provide their services with reduced help from volunteers due to social distancing. The Center for Community Engagement has reached out to our community partners to gather information about their needs. A few opportunities for engagement are provided here:
- The Refugee Resettlement program of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has two remote volunteer opportunities:
- Downtown Greens, a Fredericksburg urban garden, has two remote volunteering opportunities:
- The Rappahannock United Way has a volunteering website that lists several opportunities in the Fredericksburg region that allow for social distancing.
- The Fredericksburg SPCA is asking for letters of support to be sent to shelter workers. You can write a note or card to the staff thanking them for caring for the animals. Send notes to: SPCA c/o Allie Names, 10819 Courthouse Rd. Fredericksburg VA 22408.
- Micah Ministries has requested gift cards from grocery stores or cash donations. You can donate online or can mail them gift cards for grocery stores (Giant is best) or donations to purchase them (They are doing that instead of community dinners). Mail them to Micah/Amy Ridderhoff, 226 Princess Anne Street, Fred VA 22401.
- Micah is also requesting donations of food: Pop Tarts, fruit cups, juice and milk boxes, peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, and fresh fruit.
- Donations of food can be dropped off or sent to: Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg VA 22401. For dropping off items, hours are 9:00-4:30 Monday-Thursday, and 9:00-12:30 on Fridays. You can contact email@example.com with any questions.
- The Thurman Brisben Center, a homeless shelter, has requested donations to support its operations and services.
- The Fredericksburg Regional Continuum of Care, which works with Micah, EmpowerHouse, Hope House, and Thurman Brisben Center, is asking for donations. Call (540-642-1581) or email Anne Marie Kluempen to set up a contactless drop-off at the George Washington Regional Commission on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 10am-2pm, or at another time if needed.
Supporting healthcare workers
- Donate to Local Hospitals: Mary Washington Healthcare is accepting some forms of donations.
- Virginia Medical Reserve Corps: The State of Virginia is recruiting individuals for the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Visit this website to learn more about volunteering for the MRC.
Supporting local businesses
The Fredericksburg City Office of Economic Development has created a webpage (fxbglovelocal.com)that provides information about how to help small businesses, including restaurants, in Fredericksburg. Many restaurants and businesses are struggling. In addition to shopping online, you can buy gift cards to support local restaurants and businesses.
The Virginia Department of Elections is recruiting election officers to work at polling locations for the June 23, 2020 primaries being held across the Commonwealth. Election Officers are always in demand, but their service is needed even more now as the elections process faces unprecedented challenges. Complete this form if you would like to be placed on a list of potential Election Officers.
Looking for ways to be involved from your own home? Here are some ideas to explore! The lists below are organized by category. If you would like to explore on your own, visit this page.
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Support your broader communities:
- Reach out to isolated elders: Family Eldercare Inc
- Work with LGBTQ youth: The Trevor Project
- Help conduct mock job interviews: Hire Heroes USA
- Become a crisis counselor: Crisis Text Line
- UN Online Volunteering
- Red Cross Digital Volunteering
- Amnesty Decoders
- National Park Service (U.S.)
- National & Community Service
- Global Youth Service Day April 17