This blog post was written by Jillian Lopez, Volunteer Engagement Manager.
Whether looking for work, internships, service opportunities, or recreational activities, summer is always a period of time when our youth are looking for things to do. As with everything else, COVID-19 has significantly impacted our youth’s summer plans, cancelling some entirely to ensure safety —and dramatically altering other plans to accommodate safety precautions.
At the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, we recognize the impact young people have on our communities through service, as well as the very real need for volunteers right now. This is why we are reaching out to our partners across the city to gather information on their volunteer opportunities for youth this summer; both in-person and virtual.
As many people return to work with the yellow phase, various organizations find themselves losing the volunteers who have supported services over the past few months. This is where young people can step in and make a big impact. For example:
- The City’s food distribution warehouse needs volunteers to pack boxes of food for residents experiencing hunger. Youth 16+ can support these efforts.
- Sites serving to-go meals need volunteer support to provide these services. Youth under 16 can serve with a parent/guardian accompanying them.
Beyond the direct COVID-19 response efforts, organizations still rely on volunteers to make a positive change. From in-person beautification projects and cleanups to virtual Census outreach, young folks can serve and make a difference right now.
If you are a young person looking to volunteer this summer, we’re working to help you find and connect with those opportunities.
Please visit the Mayor’s Volunteer Corps portal and search for an opportunity that fits your interest and needs. The opportunities are constantly changing, so continue to check back in on the portal to find an opportunity that fits you.