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Virtual Volunteering: How you can help others during the COVID-19 pandemic

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As more and more people across the Borderland are staying home to limit the spread of COVID-19, they’re finding themselves with some extra time on their hands.

Whether you’re completing a project, getting work done around the house, or cooking a new recipe - there’s so much you can do from the comfort of your own home. But what about volunteering?

It may not seem like a possibility because of the current restrictions in place and social distancing efforts, but online platforms are making it easier than ever to help people in our community that need it most.

Here are a few virtual volunteering options available right now:

My Grief Angels Online: This group offers volunteers the opportunity to connect with others who are mourning a loss or suffering from anxiety. Their website lists different resources to help people with the coping process in addition to a 24/7 hotline where volunteers speak to people in need of emotional support. Right now they’re also offering COVID-19 grief support groups in both English and Spanish for anybody struggling with the current pandemic.

Operation Gratitude: This non-profit encourages people to write thank-you letters to deployed troops, first responders and emergency medical personnel currently fighting the pandemic.

The World Family Children Foundation: This non-profit organization is looking for volunteers who are in high school or college to teach students of all grade levels. Despite school closures across the country due to COVID-19, a lot of kids still need to keep up with their school work online. Their young mentors program offers tutoring services to low-income families. Volunteers can tutor the students through online social platforms, like Zoom, Skype and Facebook Messenger.

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For a list of volunteering opportunities in El Paso, you can visit the United Way of El Paso County website.

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