COVID-19: What You Can Do to Help

Supporting our communities, especially during this time of uncertainty and consistent change, is what matters most right now. Help and assistance is what people want to provide the most. We have witnessed communities rally in a myriad of ways over this last month especially to assist our neighbors during this pandemic. Leadership in Action at its best!

Leadership Montgomery and it’s Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) is a part of the effort and is providing ways to continue educating, inspiring, convening and connecting leaders to advance Montgomery County.

Here are some ways that you can HELP:

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Support local restaurants, all while helping Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless by ordering meals for the 170 men at their men’s shelter. You can also prepare a meal in your own home; make breakfast or lunch bags in small quantities of 10, 20, 30 or 40! There is a no-contact drop off procedure to ensure the safety of volunteers, staff, and clients. Questions? Contact or visit their Facebook Page
  • Host a virtual packing party- There are a variety of ways that we have found to engage with colleagues and loved ones, virtually. You can host a virtual packing party to benefit a variety of organizations such as Comfort Cases. All of our nonprofit organizations are in need of items to support our local communities. You can drop of much needed items with no contact. Contact your local nonprofit organization today!
  • Your local schools and PTA’s need YOU! Contact your local schools to find out how you can help. Being a part of your local PTA is so necessary, especially during the shift to Continuity of Learning with Distance Learning. Inquire about reading to children during virtual story time, volunteering to do virtual tutoring, etc. To find your local school or school cluster, visit the MCPS website.

Donation Opportunities:

  • Our local nonprofit organizations always need and welcome donations, but now more than ever. Manna Food, among other organizations, has risen to the challenge in a big way. They have expanded food distribution to include partnering with MCPS to get three meals a day out to students 18 and under. They have also temporarily lifted income requirements for families in need, until June 2020.  Please support theirs and other nonprofit organization’s efforts by providing online donations.

Looking forward:

  • EveryMind strengthens communities and empowers individuals to optimal mental wellness. Register today for their extensive training to volunteer to be a Suicide Prevention Hotline Volunteer! No experience necessary, must be 18 or over to apply. Training is currently scheduled for April 28th. Visit their website of up to date details.
  • YOU matter. Please remember to be patient and kind to yourself as we weather these daily life changes during this difficult time. YouTube has a whole host of free yoga, Zumba, meditation and stretching classes. Many lasting only 5-10 minutes.

Visit Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s website for a whole host of virtual opportunities

For more ways to be and stay involved, contact Wylea Chase, Director of Partnerships and Corporate Engagement with Leadership Montgomery.