We’ve heard that question many times and are here to provide you with some options. First things first, follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and your local Health Department. Once you’ve determined you are able to do so safely, here are some great ways to stay involved.
We’d love to hear how you’re helping out! Send stories or tag us on social media or email them here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless specifically noted, none of the below opportunities are programs of the Associated Students of CSU, Chico or Chico State University and no vetting has been done in any way.
Send Letters to Voters
Vote Forward is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from under-represented demographics and encourage them to vote. We build tools to enable Americans, wherever they may be, to encourage fellow citizens to participate in our democracy.
Help deliver supplies to people who can’t leave their house
Helping Hands is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those most vulnerable to COVID-19: senior citizens, the immunocompromised, and people with pre-existing medical conditions which put them at additional risk.
Our community volunteers deliver groceries, medicine, and other necessary supplies to empower everyone to stay healthy and be as responsible as they can be.
Provide Virtual Companionship For Isolated Seniors
Seniors who are isolated by COVID-19 can sign up to receive calls from a volunteer for a virtual social visit, technology support by phone, finding answers to questions. It’s not just a one-time thing either. People will need support for the weeks or months to come. The phone bank ensures seniors get calls on a regular basis from the same person, building a new and meaningful connection in a moment of crisis. Sign up at this link or call (650) 267-2474.
On April 14th, Marin Hambley led our Community Engagement Workshop on Homelessness and Harm Reduction. She is a member of the Northern Valley Harm Reduction Coalition. Homelessness in Butte County has seen an increase in the past few years and there are many barriers for this population to get the help they need. Low barrier shelters and practicing harm reduction are some of the most effective ways to solve this issue. This workshop gave some helpful information about what that looks like and how to help during our current crisis!
Homelessness in Butte County
Butte County has officially declared a housing crisis, and a “point in time count” was conducted to assess our current situation. As of 2019, the estimated homeless population in Butte County reached about 900 individuals. This number has increased significantly due to the Campfire in 2018, a cause of many lives and homes lost. The crisis surrounding COVID-19 pandemic puts the homeless population at a very high risk for contracting the virus, which is why it is important for community support to strengthen and increase homeless aid outreach.
As Chico State transitions online and everyone else learns to adjust their daily routines to social distancing and self isolation standards, CAVE wants to offer a little help with the every day planning!
As said on all our socials, here’s a chance to stop sleeping in and start getting ready for this COVID-19 season to pass! Don’t forget to keep it CAVEy and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @ChicoStateCAVE
Community Engagement Workshops have been held throughout the year with topics like Voter Registration & Census, Ethics and Practices of Community Engagement, and Power and Privilege. All these workshops can be very beneficial to understanding your community and figuring out how to become more involved. The Importance of Place Workshop discussed very important and relevant topics that we can all learn from. Let’s take a deep dive and discover why it is beneficial to consider the importance of a place, from where you are born, to where you are now.
On April 8, 2020, a Community Engagement Workshop was held via zoom where we learned some new things about ourselves and our community. Thanks to our wonderful host Ann Shulte, we were able discuss the Importance of Place and how our environment shapes our perception and understanding of our community. Reflecting on this impacts how we view service and volunteering.
Over the last couple of months, COVID-19 has flipped our lives upside down causing us to isolate in our homes and social distance everywhere we go to prevent the spread of this virus. Now more than ever, our families, friends and communities need help adjusting to this precautious lifestyle. CAVE volunteer, Alex Poberezkin, took this change as an opportunity to help the people in his life who are struggling the most, in their own situations, during this pandemic.
We are sorry your senior year came to a sudden stop, and we understand how many mixed feelings you might have during this time. Between making your final decision on what college to attend and staying healthy this is a very challenging time. We want you to know that you will end up where you are meant to be and you will have an unforgettable experience. CAVE (Community Action Volunteers in Education) would like to share a few highlights of Chico just for you! Continue reading Why Chico State?