Many organisations are currently seeking volunteers to care for individuals in isolation, to maintain a sense of community throughout confinement, and to help those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Simple actions to help protect your health and those around you:
- At all times, strive to maintain a safe distance of at least 1 metre between yourself and others.
- Always apply barrier gestures to protect yourself and others.
- Uphold and champion the safety measures and barrier gestures that you are recommending to beneficiaries and other volunteers.
- If you are at all concerned that you might be infected, inform the association and stay at home.
- If you suffer from an underlying illness, only engage in remote volunteer work that you can do from home, in order to best protect your health and that of others.
Volunteer or Get Involved
- jeveuxaider.gouv.fr (FR): urgent and local assignments from the reserve civique (government platform).
- benevolat.fr (FR): remote assignments, supporting organisations that have been seriously affected by the current situation, facilitated by intermediary organisations.
- Give blood with the French Blood Establishment (EFS) (FR): blood donations need to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to respond to patients’ needs. You are allowed to travel to a donation centre so long as you are not experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
- Voisins solidaires (FR): the organisation is offering a free kit entitled “Coronavirus: come together as neighbours” with the objective of helping citizens to organise mutual aid (posters, leaflets, contact details and request forms for assistance to distribute between neighbours). Download the kit (FR).
- Frontline (FR): if you are young and in good health, get involved in the fight against the epidemic and help a frontline worker or a high-risk individual in your community by helping look after their child or doing their shopping.