If you’ve got a way with words, and also a mind to Create the Good in your community, you can put your skills to use as a volunteer. You don’t have to be a professional writer, by any means, and most of this work can be done from home. Just consider all of the ways in which we communicate through writing and read below for a few ideas and inspiration.
One impactful way to Create the Good is by leaving positive and constructive online reviews for the businesses in and around your town. Like your doctor, and how their office has handled COVID-19? Have a favorite restaurant that’s made it easier for takeout or to safely pickup an order? Search for them online and you’ll find multiple ways to leave reviews that can be both helpful to the business, and your community.
SupportOurTroops.org and Soldiers’ Angels are two organizations with platforms that make it easy to say thank you to those who serve, right from the comfort of your own home. You can also send hand-written letters to local firefighters, first responders and of course, the medical professionals working the front lines in the battle against coronavirus.
Have you ever had an experience where an everyday worker went beyond the call of duty? Perhaps someone at the senior center helped your relative or friend. Take time to write a letter to their manager, supervisor or even CEO. Most businesses have options for customer feedback on their website, but handwritten letters are always well received.
Is there a community initiative you’re aware of, or perhaps even a part of? Many local organizations have gone above and beyond during the past, shelter-in-place months by preparing food for those in need, collecting personal protective equipment for front line staff, or creating new ways for students and teachers to interact with each other online. Why not make everyone more aware of these important deeds by drafting a story and sharing it with your local newspaper, radio or television station?
As a literacy volunteer with Room to Read, you can help transform the lives of millions of children through literacy and gender equality in education. And while person-to-person volunteering may be on hold, you can still support the cause by directing young readers to their online resources, many of which have been made free during COVID-19. AARP Foundation Experience Corps is another powerful way for older adults to stay active and maintain their sense of purpose in life by tutoring young students (grades K–3) in reading. To learn more, please visit aarpfoundation.org/experiencecorpsWant to propel your own career, or that of a friend? Get published by writing for an important cause when you volunteer for sentientmedia.org.
For more ideas and inspiration, enter keyword “writing” in this simple, volunteer search.