Business & Community
April was established as National Volunteer Month in 1991 as part of former President George H. W. Bush’s 1000 Points of Light campaign. Each president thereafter has put his personal stamp on volunteer efforts in America. Today, Points of Light is a global community that works to mobilize people around the world to take action within their communities.
In the wake of COVID-19, Alabamians can still give back to their communities. The Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ALVOAD) provides guidelines for volunteers and volunteer organizations to ensure the safety of volunteers, clients, and service agencies.
- Avoid volunteering if
- You have traveled to a foreign country or to the states of California, Washington, or New York in the last 14 days.
- You have gone on a cruise, been in contact with anyone infected with COVID-19, or attended an event with more than 250 people.
- Call ahead and make sure there is a need to volunteer before showing up to serve.
- Allow time for volunteer health screenings and expect delays or cancellations for volunteer service as a result of COVID-19 precautions.
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines to safeguard against COVID-19 infection. The CDC provides information on how to protect yourself and other people.
- Determine all infection risks before volunteering.
Where to Volunteer
Volunteer from home by visiting the All for Good and the American Red Cross sites for a list of volunteer opportunities. Alabama Extension also prepares volunteers to serve across the state through Volunteer in Urban Extension Programs, better known as VIP. Contact VIP or your county Extension office.