Some Schools are Volunteering More while Sheltering in Place | Track It Forward

Some Schools are Volunteering More while Sheltering in Place

Written by James McBryan

There’s no question that this has been a challenging time with school closures, social distancing, and shelter in place. Understandably, these unprecedented circumstances have led many schools to suspend service learning and community service activities for students. At the same time, other schools have found creative ways to reframe their service program and keep students involved from home! 


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We work with hundreds of schools each year to track required service hours and student involvement! We know how beneficial community service is for students so we wanted to create a quick reference guide for student volunteerism while sheltering in place. 

Many traditional volunteer opportunities have been suspended, but we’ve seen some students volunteering more than ever! Virtual volunteerism is a popular option to stay engaged while staying at home. Students are volunteering as virtual tutors, making check in calls to those living alone, sewing face masks to donate, and organizing virtual food drives. 

There’s also a shift to neighborhood involvement and helping out at home. For schools that track community service hours, this is a great way to keep students involved when many nonprofits are closed. Students are assisting neighbors with yard work, running errands, babysitting younger kids, and tackling spring clean up projects! 

Additionally, there are numerous opportunities to spread some cheer and positive messaging in the community. Students are creating sidewalk chalk art, organizing teddy bear hunts, and painting kindness rocks! 

There’s so much more to consider and ways to engage students in community service during this time! We’ve compiled a 4 page guide that highlights: reasons to encourage student involvement, considerations for reshaping your service program, examples of volunteer activities, and ideas for neighborhood involvement 


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