BUCKHANNON — Even during the pandemic, there are opportunities to donate and volunteer to places in need of such services.
While volunteering and donating, remember the following rules to keep yourself and those you are helping safe. If delivering food or supplies to a family or organization, follow the social distancing requirements. Text ahead, ring the doorbell and step away. Stay six feet away from others. This is now mandatory in city and public locations, with exception to households and family units. Even if you volunteered alone, such as solo missions like delivering food or donating, the people you help will appreciate this outreach. Look for opportunities that limit size of gatherings. Stay home when you are sick.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rotary Club of Buckhannon-Upshur are hosting two blood drives on Tuesday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in the Social Hall. Email [email protected] for more information.
AmeriCorps VISTA's Education Alliance is looking for caring role models to volunteer tutoring students several recreational hobbies to do at home, like painting, baking, knitting, yoga, calligraphy, martial arts and cooking. These interactions would happen virtually through webinars. Volunteers and students are welcome to sign up by emailing Bobbi Mitchell at [email protected].
West Virginia Hospice is asking for donations during the pandemic. They are asking for N95 masks and gowns for use with patients. Please call LouEllen Blake at (304) 473-6800 to arrange a drop off. Visitors are limited in the office at this time.
Upshur County Senior Citizens’ Center is asking for nonperishable donations. Food items needed include canned soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, ravioli, apple sauce, individual cracker packets, brown paper bags, juice boxes and water bottles. They are also asking for non-edible food items, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothpaste and denture care products. Please drop off donations in a box next to the front door, the double doors next to the ramp. This will be routinely checked and sanitized before distribution to seniors.
Upshur County Senior Citizens’ Center is also asking for two or three volunteers, with food handlers cards, who are willing to assist in meal preparation and delivery when there is a shortage in staff. The Center will call the individuals as needed and those would be accompanied by the staff during deliveries. The Center is also providing hand sanitizer, masks and gloves to the volunteers for the safety to all involved. Contact Sarah Campbell at [email protected] or call (304) 472-0528 ext. 101.
Help is needed now more than ever, so please donate your time, resources and services if you are able.