As coronavirus spreads, organizations across the region seek volunteers

As the number of coronavirus cases in the D.C. area continues to increase, several area organizations are looking for volunteers to ensure vulnerable people throughout local communities are able to receive the help they need.

There are more than 400 confirmed cases in the region as of Saturday evening.

District Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a call on Saturday asking for citizens to join the DC Medical Reserve Corps. The DC MRC is open to medical and non-medical volunteers 18 or older. Those interested in joining can visit the District Department of Health website for more information.

Alexandria’s Medical Reserve Corps is looking for people to help support the health department’s response.

They’re seeking volunteers to staff their call center and to reach out to their vulnerable residents. The city’s Medical Reserve Corps is part of a nationwide network that consists of both medical and nonmedical volunteers trained to respond to public health emergencies, such as natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

The organization will provide the training necessary to fill the role.

Volunteer Fairfax also has a portal for COVID-19-related volunteer opportunities for those who:

  • Feel comfortable doing so during this outbreak.
  • Have no symptoms.
  • And have not been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with the virus.

Opportunities range from serving as a “friendly caller volunteer” who makes phone calls to seniors, to helping clean at an animal rescue organization, picking up and delivering food, fixing meals for people who have challenging illnesses and unloading donated food at a family service center.

Montgomery County, Maryland, also has a portal for those seeking coronavirus-related volunteer opportunities.

The Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s website has a section where potential helpers can see current requests from organizations that are connected with the county’s nonprofit network.

There’s also information for nonclinical volunteers that lists ways to be a good neighbor by keeping contact with those in your social circle by phone, text or email.


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