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Worcester Together Volunteer Opportunities

This season give the gift that gives back all year long

We can’t control the storms in life—the force of a hurricane, the slowing beat of a pulse, the devastation of a house fire. But, we can control how we prepare for and respond to such events, and the American Red Cross can help. Red Cross volunteers turn compassion into action through a diverse array of programs and services. Whether it’s a single house fire or global conflict, we respond with food, shelter and care. We prepare for emergencies with training and practical action plans. We provide half the nation’s blood. We open lines of communication between U.S. military members and their families. We relieve suffering throughout the world. It’s easy to get involved. You can make all the difference.

VIRTUAL OPPOURTUNITIES (Virtual)

Become a Worcester Free Tax Service Coalition volunteer!

Make a difference! Dedicated volunteers are needed to provide free tax preparation services to people with limited incomes. By helping working families take advantage of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), you can help bring in millions of dollars to the local community -- dollars to help families jumpstart their savings, reduce debt and invest in our community. This volunteer opportunity is in partnership with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This is a VIRTUAL volunteer opportunity. Seeking volunteers with some tax knowledge who can certify at the IRS Advanced Level. Training will be provided virtually by the IRS and Worcester Community Action Council. If you're interested in volunteering, contact patricia.leary@unitedwaycm.org for more information on online training resources and next steps.

Virtual opportunity (Virtual)

Facebook Fundraisers and Peer-to-Peer Campaigns

Seeking volunteers to participate in Facebook Fundraisers and other Peer to Peer campaigns.

Worcester, MA

COVID-19 vaccination site support (non-clinical)

The City of Worcester Division of Public Health and the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester are looking for regular, dependable volunteers to assist with non-clinical tasks at COVID-19 vaccination sites. Volunteer tasks include: -Manning the line -Spanish and Vietnamese translation -Picking up snacks and water for the clinic (would be reimbursed by grant funding) -Helping people fill out their registration forms while they are in line -People sanitizing chairs between appointments We typically do clinics Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9-5pm Please contact Kelsey Hopkins, volunteer coordinator, at hopkinsk@worcesterma.gov for more information and to sign up to volunteer.

Worcester, MA

COVID-19 Vaccine Taskforce

The WRMRC is looking for volunteers to join their COVID-19 Taskforce in preparation for the potential vaccine being available in the coming months. No medical experience is required. We are looking for volunteers who have excellent organizational skills, customer skills, and are detail orientated to fill support roles in the potential COVID-19 vaccine clinics. All volunteers would receive Just-in-Time training before working at vaccine site. The time commitment we are looking for is 4-6 hour shift, including set-up and take down. If you are interested, you must sign-up with MA Responds and complete a background check. The roles we would be looking to fill are listed below: • Registration • Greeters • Float staff • Form collection • Promoting social distancing & proper mask wearing • Disinfecting • Behavioral health staff • Medical staff (must be a licensed medical professional who can give vaccinations) The Worcester Regional Medical Reserve Corp (WRMRC) is part of a national network of volunteers who help make their communities stronger and healthier during disasters and every day. The WRMRC works to improve local emergency response capabilities, reduce potential public health risks and vulnerabilities, and build community preparedness and resilience. The unit prepares for and responds to natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, blizzards, and floods. Volunteers also regularly contribute to community preparedness- engaging in CPR/AED training and assisting with community vaccination clinics. The WRMRC volunteers include medical and non-medical professionals who wish to donate their time and expertise. The specific role that you will play, and the activities in which you will participate, will depend upon your background, interests, and skills, as well as the needs of the unit and the community.

Worcester, MA

Girls, Inc. Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Virtual volunteer opportunities available to support a variety of programs, call (508) 755-6455 for more information.

Worcester, MA

Virtual Therapy Classes

Virtual volunteering classes through Zoom platforms such as music therapy, Thai chi, and pet therapy.

Worcester, MA

Tutoring and Transportation Assistance

Seeking volunteer tutors for high school-level academic subjects and ESL, along with transportation assistance. Please call or email to inquire about availability for specific dates/times.

Shrewsbury, MA

Help those in their moment of need by becoming a DISASTER Responder (Virtual)

Disaster Action Teams provide 24-hour emergency response to local disasters, particularly house fires, ensuring that those affected have access to resources for basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. This is also the entry level position that with further training and experience will allow the volunteer to be deployed to National Disasters. This is currently a Virtual role. Please register for this Red Cross Volunteer role at https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org .

Worcester, MA

Not afraid of rolling up your sleeves and taking charge?

Use your leadership skills to fill Supervisory Level positions on our Disaster Service’s SHELTER TEAM. Requirements for this opportunity include 2 years of supervisory experience for 5 or more workers, and the ability to deploy out of state for up to 14 days For more information go to RedCross.Org/Volunteer .

Worcester, MA

American Red Cross Announces COVID-19 Severe Blood Shortage - Please give blood!

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. surgeon general has said, "You can still go out and give blood. We’re worried about potential blood shortages in the future." A blood shortage is a health care crisis on top of the coronavirus pandemic. Blood is perishable and cannot be stockpiled in advance. We at the American Red Cross of Massachusetts encourage citizens who are healthy and feeling well to make an appointment to donate as soon as possible by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule an appointment. All our donor centers are open across the state and local drives in Eastern MA are still being scheduled. We urge Massachusetts businesses, community organizations, government agencies, fire houses, and schools to continue hosting blood drives. These are controlled events with trained staff and appropriate safety measures to protect donors and recipients. Donating blood is a safe process and giving blood does not impact or weaken the immune system. We want to reassure citizens that donating blood and social distancing are not mutually exclusive. Blood drives have the highest standards of safety and infection control-and do not fall in the category of "mass gatherings". We have also implemented standard staff health assessments prior to arrival at all blood donation sites to ensure staff are healthy the day of the drive. For more information about hosting a Blood Drive please contact MAVolunteers@redcross.org

Virtual Community Relations and Outreach Lead & Resiliency Program Lead

Virtual Service to the Armed Forces: Community Relations and Outreach Lead & Resiliency Program Lead: Serving those who serve in our military has long been one of the Red Cross’s top priorities going all the way back to Clara Barton and the Civil War. You can still help us serve those who serve and their families in a leadership position with our Services to the Armed Forces. You do not need to be a Veteran or a military family member as long as you have passion to drive these programs forward. This is a virtual role for volunteers living in Massachusetts. Please register as a volunteer at https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org .

Community Volunteer Leader - Southeastern MA

The CVL position can help steer resources to better serve your community. You would work closely with our executive directors and leadership teams to bring Red Cross programs and services as you liaison within your network. For more information please contact: sean.schofield@redcross.org . To register for this role please go to RedCross.Org/Volunteer .

Volunteer Services: Volunteer Relations Lead (Virtual)

Are you a people person?  Do you want to help fellow volunteers understand Red Cross policies or help them resolve their issues?  Do you have a background in Human Resources conflict resolution and coaching?  If you answered yes to any of these questions this opportunity may be just what are looking for. Some of the duties would be, but not limited to: Implement corporate Red Cross Human Resources and Office of Volunteer Services policies Work with Regional Volunteer Services Officer to ensure Staff Services, Staff Relations and Staff Advocates know how to contact appropriate Volunteer Relations worker(s) Support VS in drafting additional tools and resources to promote a fair and harassment-free environment. Serve as the primary liaison to the Volunteer Services office, Regional Volunteer Services Officer and employees. This is a virtual role for volunteers living in Massachusetts. Please register as a volunteer at https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org .

Ensure the Safety of our Blood Donors and Volunteers (in person)

Provide excellent customer service to enhance the blood donor experience, executing donor temperature screening on potential donors prior to their entry into the blood drive. This position serves as gatekeeper by providing additional screening the American Red Cross has implemented in the interest of the safety of the blood supply, recipients, other donors, staff, volunteers and general public health regarding COVID-2019 outbreaks. Available in Eastern Massachusetts only and Worcester & Springfield Donation Centers. To apply for this role, please click on this link or copy and paste this to your browser: APPLY FOR BLOOD DONOR SCREENER VOLUNTEER POSITION

Virtual Recognition and Appreciation Program Lead

Calling all you party planners: We are looking for a couple of people to help with our Recognition and Appreciation programs. Be a cheerleader to call out all the great work our volunteers are doing. This is a virtual role for volunteers living in Massachusetts. Please register as a volunteer at https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org .

The American Red Cross is standing up a SHELTER TEAM to support Disaster Operati

Support the American Red Cross as we prepare for Hurricane and Fire seasons this fall by joining Disaster Services. As a Member of the SHELTER TEAM you will be trained to staff and operate in a Red Cross Shelter if assigned to a disaster this fall. This mission-critical opportunity has specific requirements including the ability to deploy to a disaster area outside of Massachusetts for up to 14 days. You will be providing lifesaving services to the affected communities as we continue to work with public health officials to keep everyone safe. For more information go to RedCross.Org/Volunteer .

Are you a Health Care Professional looking to help out?

The American Red Cross is looking to recruit licensed professionals to serve on our Health Service Staff for our SHELTER TEAM. Your license can be EMT, LPN, RN or any issued by the DPH (we will also engage nursing students). As a Member of the SHELTER TEAM Health Service Staff you will be trained to staff and operate in a Red Cross Shelter if assigned to a disaster this fall. This mission-critical opportunity has specific requirements including the ability to deploy to a disaster area outside of Massachusetts for up to 14 days. You will be providing lifesaving services to the affected communities as we continue to work with public health officials to keep everyone safe. Are you an EMS Officer / Supervisor, Charge Nurse or other leader in the medical environment? Ask about our Health Services Supervisor Track. For more information go to RedCross.Org/Volunteer .

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