Help wanted: First Lady Frances Wolf says volunteerism is ‘essential’ in COVID-19 fight

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    Despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide stay-at-home order, many organizations across the commonwealth are in need of volunteers to perform their essential services such as food distribution.

    On Tuesday, First Lady Frances Wolf said that volunteering with these organizations was a great way to help local communities and get out of the house, provided the proper safety precautions are taken. 

    Those precautions include: 

    • Wearing a mask when you leave your home
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
    • Keep 6 feet away from others
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
    • Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms

    “Although many of the state’s operations have slowed down dramatically, we still desperately need volunteers to deliver life-sustaining services to our fellow citizens,” Wolf said in a statement.

    To find volunteer opportunities, Wolf  recommended reaching out to local organizations directly, or visiting PA211 or ServPa to connect with agencies and inquire about their needs. These opportunities include county aging offices and food banks.

    “Churches, fitness communities, civic organizations, individuals and families, all are critical partners in volunteer efforts to help all Pennsylvanians beat this pandemic,” Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Board member Julie Menzo said in a statement. “Please reach out to your local helping agencies today to see how you can get involved. Remote and in-person opportunities are available.” 

    Cassie Miller
    A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.