During this time, SAFE needs your help. Here are some options for:
Off-Site Volunteer Projects During COVID-19 & Shelter In Place
If you are looking for ways to help others with the added bonus of keeping yourself and/or your kids busy during this time of social distancing and staying in place, below are some projects that you can work on from home by ordering supplies online and delivering at a later date. Email Lindsay Contreras at email@example.com for more information regarding quantity, delivery, etc.
Make Face Masks for SAFE Staff and Clients
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, SAFE staff and clients would appreciate anyone that can donate extra fabric masks. While under normal circumstances fabric masks are not recommended for clinical use, CDC guidelines and emerging research shows that fabric masks may help prevent community spread of the virus. Any donated cloth masks will be made available to: (1) Staff still doing face-to-face work on campus, for example at our shelter, and (2) Clients who want or need masks for necessary activities out in the public. (At this time, these fabric masks will not be used by staff members caring for COVID-19 positive patients; the staff caring for COVID-19 positive patients, however, will utilize medical masks.) If you have the ability to make masks for SAFE, here is an easy video with instructions: https://youtu.be/9tBg0Os5FWQ. You may mail fabric mask donations to The SAFE Alliance, PO Box 19454, Austin, TX, 78760. Or if you are able to do so safely you can take masks to SAFE’s Resource Center at 1515 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX, 78741 Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm. Masks should be made in a non-smoking environment and should be laundered before mailing. All donations are gratefully accepted, but please consider sending a minimum of 10 at a time to save on postage and laundry loads. Thank you!!
Make Craft Kits for the Youth and Adults Living in SAFE’s Shelters
These kits would be individual baggies filled with the supplies and instructions needed to create a specific craft – dream catchers, spring-themed crafts, stress balls, etc. Kits could be geared towards adults, toddlers, elementary aged kids, or teenagers.
Make Seasonal/Holiday Decorations
You can help brighten up the Shelters by delivering homemade decorations – door wreaths, seasonal or holiday themed wall decorations, etc.
Deliver Snacks with Positive Affirmations
With limited supplies at grocery stores and online, we would love donations of individual portioned snacks (individual bags of chips, pretzels, fruit snacks, granola bars, etc.). We welcome you to write positive affirmations on colored paper and adhere them to the snacks. We will provide examples of approved language for the affirmations.
In-Kind Donation Superstar
SAFE has seen a decrease in the amount of basic needs donations, and we’re having a difficult time purchasing the quantity we need due to either being out of stock online or due to quantity limits at the stores. Inspired by a former SAFE employee, we invite you to encourage friends to give funds that you take to stores – maybe even multiple stores due to potential limits of what can be purchased – and delivering them to SAFE. Our current greatest needs are disinfecting spray/wipes, toothpaste, razors, baby wipes, diapers sizes 5 & 6, and non-perishable food for babies, kids, and adults. Bins to receive donations are placed outside our warehouse address at 1515 Grove Blvd, and they will be emptied checked Sunday – Friday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Volunteers are a vital link between SAFE and the community, providing support in every aspect of our mission to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence. For more information on regular ongoing volunteer opportunities, contact us at SAFEvolunteer@safeaustin.org.
We have community engagement opportunities for folks who would like to get connected with our mission and issues quickly. View our events calendar to see what is available.
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