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COVID-19 Volunteer Ideas and Resources

We know that social distancing can cause many Iowans to feel isolated or alone. Volunteering through at-home opportunities or in a virtual or low-risk capacity is a great way to still feel connected with your community and improve your mental health. Time spent volunteering can reduce stress and give you an additional sense of purpose during this uncertain time. There is still a great need for volunteers and we encourage you to find appropriate volunteer opportunities.

Useful links to find opportunities and/or guidance on volunteering during COVID-19

Find COVID-19 related needs:

Search for virtual volunteer opportunities:

Become a Future Ready Iowa E-Mentor:

COVID-19 Resources for Volunteer Iowa Programs and Nonprofits:

Points of Light Global Volunteer Month DIY volunteer ideas:

Virtual Volunteer Bingo Card:

At Home, Virtual and Low-Risk Suggestions

At Home

  • Create Backpacks/Emergency Food Boxes
  • DIY Hand Sanitizers and Hand Soaps
  • Donate Paper Goods (Toilet Paper, Paper Towels and Disinfectant Wipes)
  • Make No-Sew T-Shirt Bags
  • Donate to a Food Pantry or stock a Little Free Library with food
  • Sew Fabric Face Masks for Local Hospitals and Community Centers


  • Virtual Sports Coaching or Music Lessons
  • Virtual Tutoring
  • Man Iowa Crisis Chat
  • Pen Pal for Homebound Residents or Residents in Care Facilities
  • Online Reading Buddies
  • Host Online Bingo, Board or Card Games

Low Risk

  • Volunteer to Clean at an Animal Shelter
  • Deliver Meals or Essential Supplies to Food Pantries, Shelters or Collection Sites
  • Crisis Hotline Support
  • Donate Blood or Platelets to local Hospitals and Clinics
  • Commit to Water and Garden Maintenance at Community Gardens/Parks
  • Volunteer to Help at Food Bank
  • Box and Load Food from Grocery Stores
  • Repackage and Prepackage Boxes of Food to be delivered to at-risk households
  • Deliver Meals to Senior Citizens and Homebound Residents
  • Assist homebound neighbors with yard work
  • Pick up trash along roadways or recreational trails
  • Invasive species removal (weed pulling)
  • Planting a garden and growing food for a food pantry