Dear LeadershipMemphis Alumni, Supporters, and Friends,
It’s never easy to be a leader.
In times like we are facing today, it is perhaps as tough as ever. We all have a role to play in keeping each other safe and adjusting to the ever-changing aspects of life and community. It’s what we do.
We must have the courage to be examples for others. We must find ways to work as teams, even as we are asked to practice social distancing. There are opportunities to make a difference all around us. As communities become more isolated, fragmented, and fragile, we can find solutions while remaining sensible and safe. It’s what we do.
Our country has not seen a disruption like this before. The changes being thrust upon us are intense and the end is not in sight. These are the times when leadership is needed most and as leaders, we will figure it out. It’s what we do.
Thank you for doing your part as we continue to wade into uncharted waters. Here is what we are doing at LeadershipMemphis and Volunteer Memphis:
All alumni activities are postponed until May 4, 2020
Executive and FastTrack Program participants will be notified of revised schedules and expectations in the coming days
LeadershipMemphis and Volunteer Memphis staff will be working remotely starting March 17
The safety of all LM stakeholders is our highest priority as we adjust to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are closely monitoring information coming from our state and local governments and will continue to act accordingly. Please stay tuned to your inbox and social media channels for updates regarding events and LM activities.
In the meantime, below are some volunteer ideas and learning opportunities you can utilize during this period where people might have more time on their hands than normal. If you have any addiional suggestions, please email me at email@example.com.
We want you and your families to be safe and stay healthy!
Yours in community,
Social distancing has made volunteering difficult, but not impossible!
Volunteer Memphis is working to create new ways to engage volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Please note that Volunteer Memphis and Leadership Memphis are dedicated to providing our networks with resources and opportunities for people to give back to the community, or utilize for self-care. BUT, we need your help!
If you know of any volunteer opportunities or resources for the Mid-South community, please send those to Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a few volunteer opportunities to strongly consider:
While at this time there is no proof our pets are susceptible to COVID-19 the Humane Society says it’s low on certain medical supplies and needs to find animals their loving, forever homes!
Staff are performing adoptions by appointment only to adhere to social distancing, but if you can’t house an animal for good — consider fostering one! If you’re interested in fostering, email Ashley Moore at email@example.com for more information.
Finally, to keep staff members and animals safe, the Humane Society is suspending its volunteer program on March 20, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t help! Donating to the Humane Society will allow them to continue their lifesaving work!
With so many people isolating themselves, a friendly voice can make all the difference. A good idea after your hellos might be to ask if there’s anything you can do to help the person(s) you’ve called.
Do they have the food, water, or medicines they need? What about their pets? If you have the time to make those calls, do it.
The U.S. Census Bureau should finish sending out the 2020 Census this week and it is important that you fill yours out and return it either online, over the phone, or through the mail!
Local, State, and Federal government offices use the census to determine:
Where to distribute tax dollars
Think hospitals, highways, and school lunch programs
How to implement public improvement strategies
Like reducing traffic and making school districts
Where emergency services can be most effective
When disasters happen, census data tells agencies where the people most affected are
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities During COVID-19 Outbreak
Lend a hand from the comfort of home!
Volunteer Memphis understands not everyone is in a position to volunteer face-to-face, but that’s where we come in!As one of 250 local affiliates of the Points of Light Foundation, we are sharing some of the virtual volunteer opportunities they have identified.
Here are just a few for now, but we’re working on a more comprehensive list to share in the coming weeks!
Bookshare.org offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities.
People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their reading style while enjoying virtual access to almost any book they need for school, work, or just the joy of reading.
As a volunteer, you can scan books that Bookshare doesn’t have in their collection — proofread files scanned by other volunteers and format them — or become a mentor and help raise awareness about their services!
Nominations are accepted through April 2020, but there’s no time like the present!
Whether producing our 9/11 Day of Remembrance for first responders, Make a Difference Day for caregivers, or MLK Days of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Volunteer Memphis is proud to organize multiple Days of Service.Now, we’re exploring the idea of a Virtual Day of Service! What would that look like to you? What are some impactful ideas we should consider as a part of our Virtual Day of Service?