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Take Action | 5 Organizations Supporting the Elderly That Need Volunteers Now

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Janet Reyes

5 Organizations Supporting the Elderly That Need Volunteers Now
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While many of us have grown at least somewhat accustomed to the recent adjustments to our daily lives, there are some vulnerable groups—including the elderly and homebound—still struggling to get the essentials. And though the organizations typically working with these populations continue to tirelessly deliver their services, there is also a tremendous need for additional support. 

If you’d like to volunteer to support the elderly and homebound during the COVID-19 crisis, check out these organizations:

Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Center of Essex and Hudson Counties, West Orange, NJ

Usually, the mission of RSVP of Essex and Hudson Counties is to provide opportunities for seniors to volunteer their communities. During this crisis however, they are seeking help delivering groceries to the homebound. 

Full Life Care, Seattle, WA

Full Life Care provides health and social services that help seniors and chronically ill individuals regain independence and stay connected to their communities. Currently, they are seeking individuals to make friendly phone calls to their seniors as long-term care homes can no longer accept visitors due to COVID-19. 

Elara Caring, Des Plaines, IL

Elara Caring provides hospice care to patients while ensuring their quality of life during the final stages of illness. Currently, they are seeking people who can offer comfort to seniors during the pandemic by writing them birthday cards or thinking-of-you notes.

Table Church Covid 19 Assistance, Washington, DC

The Table Church’s mission is to look after the well-being of individuals in the D.C. area, and is currently running a program that helps high-risk groups with errands such as groceries, dog walking, prescription pick-ups, and more.

NYC COVID-19 Initiative, New York, NY

The NYC COVID-19 Initiative is a mutual aid group that enlists the help of volunteers free of any COVID-19 symptoms to help those in high-risk groups by shopping for and delivering everyday necessities to them.


If you’ve missed the boat on volunteer opportunities with any of the above organizations, don’t forget to explore our latest opportunities to find organizations seeking volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Janet Reyes

I am Idealist's Community Support Manager. After spending some time working in the world of e-commerce, I was led to Idealist by my desire to work in the nonprofit sector.