There are a myriad number of ways to serve others during this time. First and foremost, please take note of the latest government advice. You can volunteer to participate and help if you and others in your household have no symptoms of the virus, and if you are not in the high risk category (over 70, with an existing underlying health condition, or pregnant).
Specific projects that where the church has been asked to help
Oxford Community Emergency Foodbank (23 July 2020)
The emergency food bank are looking for a few more volunteers over the Summer as some of the regular volunteers take well deserved holidays. Over 16 and able to help on a Tuesday or Friday 10-12.30 for some or all of the Summer? Or packing on Monday and Thursday 11-1pm? Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can put you in touch.
Donate apples - fight homelessness (19th July 2020)
Edge Housing supports and houses men in Oxford who have been homeless and is starting an exciting project of apple juicing to offer our residents work experience, structure, references and to help with mental health and addiction issues. We are almost ready to go but we need apples! Do you have apple trees or an orchard which always have excess apples rotting on the ground and would it help you to have a team come and pick the apples and know that they are going to a great cause? If so please get in contact with Rachel – email@example.com to discuss.
National Schools Breakfast Programme
National Schools Breakfast Programme is organising delivery of food for children who were receiving free school meals. Once a fortnight there will be a giant delivery which then needs delivering to 300 families. Deliveries will mainly be in Blackbird Leys, Rose Hill and Greater Leys. We are delivering on Monday mornings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you could help.
Local organisations providing help
Oxford Hub and Oxford Together – www.oxfordtogether.org – this is the main volunteer forum within Oxford City, bringing together council and voluntary organisations. You can sign up here.
The Porch charity on Magdalen Road, Oxford, are looking for volunteers to help with their food distribution to homeless clients. Please contact Jon, Porch Director, via email: email@example.com.
Oxford Mutual Aid – see “Oxford Covid-19 Mutual Aid” page on Facebook.
NHS: Provide help to the NHS as a volunteer at www.goodsamapp.org