The Importance of Volunteering During a Pandemic

By Christopher Thompson, Marblehead High School Senior

During such crazy times, we often find ourselves complaining about what we’ve lost. Whether that’s irreplaceable family time or quintessential high school proms, we have an abundance of valid complaints. However, rather than spending this time dwelling on what we have lost, we can use this time to explore the ways in which we can give back to a community that is increasing every day due to the economic effects of the pandemic: the homeless.

Especially during COVID, volunteering does not just impact the homeless but also the volunteers. Helping in any way you can at Lifebridge goes a long way. The vast number of people who seek shelter at Lifebridge for food, clothes, or advice on how to navigate their homelessness will forever be impacted by the help they receive. However, your donations do not singularly impact the homeless, but also yourself. During a time where mental health needs are increasing, volunteering in a safe way at Lifebridge can give volunteers a newfound sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. It also provides a sense of purpose and pride, something that people lack due to lockdowns.

So now that we understand the importance of volunteering and its two-fold nature, you are probably wondering how. At Lifebridge, there are endless possibilities for everyone looking to give back to the community.

For volunteers who wish to help the homeless while staying at home, there are a couple of options.

●  Simply order food for the shelter. A couple of pizzas being delivered to LifeBridge fills a lot of stomachs and makes a lot of smiles.

●  Donating personal care items like…

  • Masks
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Sleeping bags (can be gently used)
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Other items of clothing help the organization immensely as these products are often taken for granted despite their importance.

An option for volunteers who would like to come into Lifebridge is to prepare food for the The Community Meals Program (anyone can come in with no questions asked). The current to go meals are extremely important to so many of our community members who are hungry.

During a time when there’s a lot of negativity in the world, volunteering to help the homeless in our community in any way you can is that much more important. Sometimes a simple act, such as donating a pizza or a pair of socks, is all it takes to make a difference.

Additional Information

Lifebridge North Shore is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID# 204539306