Navigating Life & COVID-19

Volunteer Ideas

Social distancing is now the norm. It’s vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Yet staying home is also creating hardships in our community—including Arizona’s food bank and blood supply.

Helping others can help you feel less helpless in a crisis. Volunteering is listed as an essential activity in Gov. Ducey’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected executive order. So it’s OK to give service if you are healthy and not in a high-risk group for COVID-19.

Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is here to help connect you with ways to give back. Together, we can make a difference!

  1. Volunteer at a food bank: COVID-19 has reduced access to food in our state. Volunteering at a community food bank or pantry can help feed people who are hungry or homebound. Food banks also help feed children of essential workers as well as kids who depend on meals at school.
  2. Give blood to help increase blood supply for Arizonans: Blood donations are needed now more than ever. As of late March, more than 1,400 blood drives (many at schools and businesses) were canceled in response to COVID-19. That’s 20% of the state’s blood supply for March alone. Find a donation center by visiting the American Red Cross or Vitalant. Use the zip code search to find the location nearest to you.
  3. Join Arizona Together: Governor Ducey launched Arizona Together to unify Arizonans in the fight against COVID-19. Volunteers, including medical professionals, teachers, and childcare workers, are invited to sign up to volunteer at arizonatogether.org. Once you register, an organization needing help will contact you.

Important safety precautions!

Please protect your own health first. You should consider in-person volunteer opportunities only if you are healthy and not in a high-risk group for COVID-19.

Food banks and blood donation centers have updated their health and safety procedures to protect volunteers. They are following local, state, and federal health guidelines.

Get more ideas about navigating life in the time of COVID-19.