COVID-19 Announcement from the American Red Cross:
We have Volunteers offering to do shopping/medication pickup for people not wanting to go out.
We have Volunteers that will talk to people who are anxious about what is going on. We can make daily calls until this is over or until they feel more comfortable with their circumstances.
If someone has a special need, we will try to assist.
“The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage
due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
We understand why people may be hesitant to come out for a blood drive, but want to reassure the public that we have implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our donors and staff in response to concern, including:
Þ Checking the temperature of staff and donors before entering a drive to make sure they are healthy
Þ Providing hand sanitizer for use before the drive, as well as throughout the donation process
Þ Spacing beds, where possible, to follow social distancing practices between blood donors, and
Þ Increasing enhanced disinfecting of surfaces and equipment. We also want to emphasize that at each blood drive and donation center, Red Cross employees already follow thorough safety protocols to help prevent the spread of any type of infection.
Please donate now to help prevent blood shortages and ensure blood is on the shelf when needed most! Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross and our lifesaving mission!”
Call or email Patti at Volunteer Connection for the most current information on volunteer opportunities.
Aurora At Home
Help every third Thursday of the month with a grief support mailing.
Facility Ambassador with Aurora at Home-Hospice: Visit with patients in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Full training and orientation provided with experienced volunteers. Flexible hours to fit your schedule.
Sewing needs- Memory Bear Creator: Training and patterns for the Memory Bear Program provided. Material will be provided by the families you will be impacting by creating the Memory Bears.
Open Arms Free Clinic is looking for volunteers to learn about our Home Visiting Companion program and our Medicare Advocate program. We believe everyone has the right to basic healthcare. For information on current needs and volunteering, please visit:
Walworth County Literacy Council
Volunteer opportunties for tutoring, fundraising, and more! WCLC is dedicated to improving the quality of life to residents of Walworth County by raising awareness of literacy needs in the community and by providing adult student-centered literacy instruction. Literacy services include: Adult basic education, English as a second language, U.S. Citizenship preparation classes, GED assistance, and a Jail literacy program.
AARP free tax prep: During tax season, assist low to moderate income residents with free tax preparation- training and computers provided.
Walworth County Fair: September 3-7, 2020. A variety of volunteer opportunities including selling tickets, working at the barnyard adventure, and transporting people via golf cart from the parking lot to the fair and back.
Toys for Tots needs volunteers in November and December to help with collecting and distributing new toys for Walworth County families.
Salvation Army needs volunteers to ring the bell and collect donations during the holiday season.
Year Round Opportunities:
American Red Cross Blood Drives: needs volunteers to serve refreshments, work the registration table, act as donation room aides, and help unload the Red Cross Truck.
Food Pantries: need volunteers to stock shelves and Distribute food.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: Lunch Buddies mentoring program, one lunch hour per week.
S.M.I.L.E.S. needs volunteers to assist riders with grooming and saddling their horses and during class. Volunteers also needed for general maintenance and office clerical work.
Local Libraries need volunteers to help with shelving, assisting customers in the used bookstore, or to join Friends of the Library and get involved with events.
Local nursing homes would appreciate volunteers to visit one on one with residents who don't normally receive visitors and assist with activities such as BINGO.
Telecare phones shut-ins from their home on a schedule with a team of other volunteers. If you know someone who needs a daily wellness check, please refer them to us. If you would like to join our team of callers, please give us a call as well.
Transport home-bound and elderly citizens to the stores and assist them with shopping.
The DMV in Elkhorn needs volunteers to take drivers license photos. Training is provided.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering and have a fabulous day!