Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there’s now a “safe” way to do practically everything from greeting others to picking up takeout – and now a local non-profit is making sure that everyone understands that there’s also a safe way to volunteer for good area causes.

This week – Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 – is National Volunteer Week, and the United Way of Greater Greensboro, in partnership with The Volunteer Center of the Triad and some other community organizations, is promoting a host of safe volunteer opportunities.

These are a way for people – who nowadays often have a great deal of free time on their hands – to get involved and make the world a better place, through either at-home activities or safe in-person deeds. Those who are willing to help out during these tough times can visit to sign up for various opportunities during National Volunteer Week. They can also check out the many ongoing volunteer needs that are listed as part of the COVID-19 response.

Some of the ways you can safely help out, from home or in-person, include:

  • Book drives for children
  • Card drives for seniors
  • Packing lunch bags at Greensboro Urban Ministry
  • Sorting bread and produce at the Out of the Garden Project
  • Packing bags and sorting donations at BackPack Beginnings

United Way of Greater Greensboro Vice President of Marketing and Communications Michael Cottingham stated in a Monday, April 14 press release publicizing the current needs that the United Way really appreciates any help that can be given this week.

“United Way is so thankful for the children, families and local organizations that sacrifice their time and talents in so many ways,” he said. “Our community always needs volunteers, and National Volunteer Week is a great way to highlight a few local opportunities. We encourage everyone to volunteer this week, and stay connected throughout the year,”

In addition to the opportunities listed at the website, the United Way and the Volunteer Center also encourage everyone to “create their own safe and meaningful volunteer experience, share it on social media and tag United Way of Greater Greensboro.”