The list below includes free resources for members of the Encore community who are looking for ways to support their neighbors and communities in the weeks ahead. It will be regularly updated as new information comes in. To suggest additional items, please send an email to [email protected]

 

EVENTS

Began Friday, March 20

Greater Good Science Center (GGSC): The GGSC — which reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism — is offering these resources. Follow them on Facebook for updates and schedule: 

  • Starting on Friday, March 20 the GGSC’s Eve Ekman and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will lead teachings and Q&As on Facebook Live to help you find connection, positivity and resilience. 
  • Additionally, you’re invited to join (free) special three-times-per-week, 50-minute virtual experiments where you will come together online and in community to enhance our collective well-being. All events are in partnership with Reimagine. 

Ongoing

Be Social Change’s Coronavirus Conversation Series: Each week, BSC speaks with Coronavirus experts, leaders, and community organizers to discuss their stories, and what we can do to make a positive impact for ourselves, in the lives of our neighbors and the local community, as well as the wider eco-systems of nonprofits and businesses driving important work right now.

Ongoing

CIRKEL virtual events: CIRKEL’s intergenerational programming facilitates meaningful and cultural conversation between generations. Events typically feature virtual panels of leaders or cultural experts from different generational perspectives followed by an interactive audience segment. All events are free, with a low cost suggested donation going towards Coronavirus relief funds. Sign up for their newsletter here to receive notifications for upcoming events.

Ongoing

The Grand: This program brings young people together in small group discussions on a specific topic, with each session led by a “grand” guide — an older adult further ahead on the journey. Tickets to each session are typically $25, but they have shifted to a “pay what you wish” model to ensure people are able to stay connected to a supportive community during these trying times. Here’s a list of their upcoming online sessions.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

AARP’s Create the Good: This program features hundreds of volunteer roles to support youth from home. Enter your ZIP code and then select “Show Only Home/Remote Opportunities” in the upper-left section of the page.

Careervillage.org: COVID-19 is causing a spike in student questions about careers. Give career advice to young people online via this online platform where students ask questions of people with experience in particular fields.

Crisis Text Line: Volunteering as a counselor during the time of COVID-19 is one way to help others right now. Crisis Text Line’s counselors commit to volunteering four hours per week, up to 200 hours, typically over one year. To prepare for dealing with issues such as self-harm, suicide, depression, bullying and gender/sexual identity, volunteers undergo a 30-hour online training program. Two-thirds of crisis situations for young people occur at night, so night owls and early risers may find a good fit here.

Mon Ami: This organization addresses social isolation among senior citizens by pairing them with college students, often far from their own families. During these times, they have set up a free Volunteer Phone Bank to connect volunteers by phone or video call to older adults who have limited access to the outside world. Their goal is to set up recurring calls to form connections that last over time. 

Neighborly invitation: Copy, edit, and distribute this form letter to your neighbors to get a community group off the ground.

Sharing Smiles: This is an initiative of Empowering the Ages (DC area), which connects adults to youth through two different programs – one connecting groups of adults and youth and the other connecting individuals. With each program, people can find pen pals, write joint stories, create poetry, share artwork, inspire with motivational quotes, and creatively share our individual strengths. Register a group here

Upchieve: Help low-income high school students by offering math and college-planning advice online. Upchieve connects students with live academic support through its free platform. 

VolunteerMatch: Search hundreds of volunteer roles to support youth from home. To capture the biggest swath of options on VolunteerMatch, enter “United States” and then “Get Started” from the homepage. Then, select “Virtual” in the upper-left section of the following page.


SELF CARE

4-7-8 Breath: The 4-7-8 breathing technique, also known as “relaxing breath,” involves breathing in for 4 seconds, holding the breath for 7 seconds, and exhaling for 8 seconds. This breathing pattern aims to reduce anxiety or help people get to sleep.

Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety: These resources — including articles, expert advice, meditations and more — help address anxiety and mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Corepower Yoga: Check out these on-demand yoga and sculpting videos on the Corepower Yoga website.

Crisis Text Line: If you’re struggling with anxiety right now, reach out to Crisis Text Line by texting SHARE to 741741.

DJ D-Nice’s “Homeschool at Club Quarantine”: DJ D-Nice is bringing a dance party to everybody at home through his daily event, “Homeschool at Club Quarantine.” Recently, more than 160,000 people joined him on Instagram Live. Former first lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, former Vice President Joe Biden and Jennifer Lopez all “dropped in” on his dance party. Follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dnice/

In The Rooms: If you want to get sober or are already in recovery, there are lots of virtual meetings taking place at InTheRooms.com.

Nightly Met Opera Streams: Starting today until their doors reopen, you can stream handpicked past performances of the Met’s Live in HD series each night right from the organization’s website. The performances will go live at 7:30 p.m. ET and will remain active for 20 hours.

Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch (Video): Google Arts & Culture teamed up with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.

Quarantine Chat: Pairs you with another person to talk about anything: What you’re cooking for dinner, your dreams, or the global economy.

Watch These Livestreamed Concerts During Your Social Distancing: As artists scramble to figure out what to do next, many have started livestreaming concerts on social media from their homes, empty venues, or wherever they can while they practice social distancing. Here’s a list of the performances you should be checking out while you stay inside, too, updated as more artists announce their livestream plans.


RESOURCES FOR NONPROFITS

BoardSource: What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation: These guidelines for boards offer key considerations and suggestions for how they can work with nonprofits to respond to this crisis.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits”: The impacts of the virus on your nonprofit can be a lot to handle. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has put together a few online resources to save you time, help you plan swiftly, and keep you focused on your most pressing priorities.

Resources for Online Meetings, Classes, and Events: As we scramble to move our offline interactions online, this is an emerging initial place to share, curate and organize resources. Created by the Facilitators for Pandemic Response group and other collaborators.

Zoom: This video conferencing platform has a free plan that includes the following features: Host up to 100 participants on a call, unlimited 1 to 1 meetings, 40 minute limit on group meetings, unlimited number of meetings and online support. Here are some additional resources that will help you most effectively use Zoom as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic.


OTHER RESOURCES

America’s Promise Alliance Covid-19 Resources: Members of America’s Promise Alliance and their networks have developed and compiled a wide range of resources to help educators, out-of-school-time providers, parents and families, and community leaders support their young people. 

Caribu: This video-calling app integrates children’s books and activities, allowing more children to get at least 20 minutes a day of reading and “screen positive” time with a trusted adult — anywhere in the world. Caribu is free during the COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate connections between separated grandparents and grandkids — but could also be used by intergenerational programs as a tool to keep isolated kids and older adults connected through reading and other literacy activities.

Generations United resources for grandfamilies and multigenerational families: This fact sheet offers suggestions on how to stay healthy, informed and connected. 

Grandparents Academy: Grandparents Academy helps older adults leverage the power of existing technology to grow meaningful relationships and rich legacies with their loved ones. Check out and download their free list of ebooks here, including for FaceTime and Skype.

National Domestic Workers Alliance has opened a Coronavirus Care Fund (Goal $4M) to help nannies, house cleaners and home health aides as they lose out on wages and need financial support.

Nextdoor: The social networking app launched a new interactive map to let neighbors offer help to one another. It’s called Help Map and the tool lets you mark yourself as available to help with anything from grocery shopping to child care.

#WeavingCommunity during Crisis: The National Conversation Project’s 300 partner organizations are coming together to invite us to weave together a stronger community, especially at this time. Share an inspiring post, join a video or phone conversation, or engage in a neighborly act of kindness (see their list of ideas). Check out their prompts, tips and ideas here

 

Published: March 25, 2020