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Virtual Volunteering Ideas

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HandsOn Sacramento has partnered with some agencies in offering virtual volunteer opportunities as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual volunteer opportunities follow COVID-19 related safety guidelines and promote volunteering on your own time and can be done in your own home. Wherever you are, volunteering for the community is accessible. While these opportunities offer a virtual way to volunteer, your efforts will continue to support our community.

If you know of any virtual volunteer opportunities that need to be highlighted on this page, please email Mika Guevarra at


Click on these links to see more information on Volunteer FAQs, Volunteer Safety, and other useful Virtual Volunteer Resources from our Partners.

Volunteering FAQs

Volunteer Safety

Virtual Volunteer Resources

Points of Light Foundation

California Volunteers

California State University-Sacramento

Youth Virtual Volunteer Ideas


DIY Volunteer Projects



City of Sacramento Virtual Volunteer Opportunities




Support Front Street Animal Shelter with Home-Based Projects

You can volunteer from home. Here are some great projects that you can do to support the Front Street Animal Shelter animals during this time of social distancing. Please drop off any completed projects to Janice Wagaman at the shelter. Email and let her know when you are dropping off the donations. Don't forget to wear your mask and gloves when coming to the shelter. The Front Street Animal Shelter is located at 2127 Front Street, Sacramento.

Cat Housing Accessories for Stress Relief

Dog Housing Accessories for Stress Relief

Cat Cur-Tail-Ments (curtains)

Udder Love Litter Feeders

Warm Rice Bags




Sew Fidget Blankets for the Sacramento Public Library

Volunteers are invited to create a Fidget Blanket—a lap-size blanket that provides sensory and tactile stimulation—to those with anxiety and restless hands, including people living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. These blankets are equipped with “fidget” objects such as buttons, ribbons, zippers, rings, buckles, and pockets for the user to touch and play with. Volunteers must have access to a sewing machine and sewing notions. A Fidget Blanket Kit with instructions will be provided. For more information, contact Katie Ball, Special Projects Associate,, 916-264-2893.

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Partner Agency Virtual Volunteer Opportunities on HandsOn Sacramento

Help us achieve our 50 state goal: Write letters to seniors in isolation

Snowline's Sunshine Letter Program needs you. Our goal is to receive letters from all fifty states. We are calling on people across America to spread joy and cheer by writing letters to hospice patients. Your letter helps to support seniors and patients in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage you to reach out to those you know out of state. Share what you do on social media, call up an old friend, or host a virtual letter writing date with your relatives. Please send letters to: Snowline Hospice 6520 Pleasant Valley Road Diamond Springs, CA 95619 Attention: Volunteer Department Somethings to keep in mind when writing your letter: Letters can be handwritten or typed. Address your letter “Greetings to you”. State in your letter that you are writing on behalf of Snowline Hospice. Isolation is difficult. Remind them that they have the support of their Snowline team. No COVID19 or terminal illness talk. Include photos? Yes! But no photos of people. No politics, religion, or over personal information. Please sign only your first name to letters.

Schenectady, NY


Through 12/31/20

Brookdale Hospice: Giving Hope For those in Quarantine -COVID19-

Do you want to help the community but don't know how because of social distancing or quarantine (or you just don't want to be around people)? What about making a card or sending a postcard or card to someone in a nursing home? These folks are on lockdown in their residences to prevent them from contracting covid19, but it also means they're being isolated and are very lonely without the support from their families and volunteers. Hospice patients and residents at these facilities would so appreciate a note from you! Knowing that you care about them, and that they're not alone would really make their day. Your note will take their mind away from this situation where they have no control. Please contact me if you'd like to send a card or a thousand cards and I'll give you some facility addresses where the residents are just waiting to hear from you. Or if you are interested in making face masks, please contact me for more information! For more information, please email/call: Gail Wiselogel, Volunteer Service Coordinator Email: Phone: 916-614-9517

Sacramento, CA


Through 5/29/25

Prepare Meals for Homeless and Seniors

We need help preparing meals for unsheltered homeless individuals and low-income seniors. This would primarily involve coming to our kitchen located in midtown Sacramento to help do basic cooking tasks, such as chopping vegetables and cleaning up after cooking is over. We also need help loading cars with boxed meals and delivering them to recipients. We will stage the meal prep work so that no more than a few people (observing physical distancing and wearing masks) will be in our kitchen (which is spacious and well ventilated) at one time. In addition, our organization is always looking for volunteers to help with marketing, social media, grant-writing, and other administrative tasks. This type of work can be done remotely.

Sacramento, CA


Through 12/31/20

Student Buddy Mentors

Carmichael HART is looking for volunteer Student Buddy Mentors to support homeless or in transition students in the San Juan Unified School District. The program goals are as follows: 1. Build one-to-one Buddying relationships for children in grades K-12 who have the need for a positive role model. 2. Improve positive social behaviors of children. 3. Support improved family stability and functioning. Mentorship Training Videos can be seen here: Volunteer Expectations 1) Pass Background Check 2) Watch training videos 3) Meet with paired student buddy on a regular basis. (weekly or bi-weekly is suggested) 4) Submit response sheet to track mentor and student progress. Volunteer Contact: Glenda Gallagher at

Carmichael, CA


Through 6/30/21

Virtual Volunteering with Stand Up Placer

Stand Up Placer is looking for volunteers who can help in the comfort of their own homes. Here are their volunteer opportunities: Making masks (especially if you have sewing skills) If you have a story about Domestic Violence, we want to hear from you. Share your story and its significance during shelter-in-place order. Encourage community members and leaders to share within their networks, including Stand Up Placer's social media posts Send messages/letters of hope and encouragement to the people supported by Stand Up Placer. Write, draw, create something and make their day. Send your messages to Stand Up Placer is also looking for the donations of the following items: new, unused or lightly used yoga mats self-care kits (put in gallon zip locks) which will contain the following items: book bubble bath bath bombs knitting/needlework kit paint set puzzle These opportunities to help are open to any volunteers! If they really wish to send a card, letter or artwork it can be sent to our PO Box: Stand Up Placer PO Box 5462 Auburn, CA 95604


Through 12/31/20

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities with The Laurel Foundation

We are a nonprofit dedicated to empowering the lives of at-risk children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS and transgender/gender diverse youth. As I am sure you know, COVID has caused us to pause our in-person events and move to a virtual platform which has been highly successful! We have many virtual programs designed to teach our kids valuable life skills, critical thinking, build self-esteem, and much more. Our programs also offer volunteers an unique opportunity to grow, personally and professionally. These are our virtual programs we are hosting with our kids and families through the rest of the year. Please email Lisa to get involved:


Through 12/10/20


The Regional Center for Volunteerism
HandsOn Sacramento
A Program of Community Link Capital Region

8001 Folsom Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95826

Phone: (916) 447-7063 
Fax: (916) 779-3335

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