Strengthening our Community with your support

The life-saving work Edgewood does would not be possible without the dedication of our incredible volunteers who share their time and talents in support of children, youth and families.

Volunteer with Edgewood

In response to COVID-19, we have developed a variety of virtual volunteering activities designed specifically to support our most vulnerable families and staff teams during this unprecedented time. Each activity can be done from the safety and comfort of your own home and will meet a critical need for the children, youth, and families we serve.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities Include:

o Care Packages: Work together with your roommates or family to assemble essential care packages for our youth and families who have been most impacted by COVID-19 and mail them directly to Edgewood:

o Infant/Toddler Care Package: Supports the newest members of our Edgewood family. Package to include diapers, wipes, formula, baby foods.

o Caregiver Wellness Package: For grandparents who’ve stepped up to raise grandchildren when parents cannot. Package could include: fuzzy socks, sleep masks, acupressure rings, tea, gratitude cards, foot care products, puzzles, etc.

o Youth Activity Package: For youth who need support keeping their hands and minds busy during shelter-in-place. Package could include: board games, fidgets, soft frisbees, slinkys, a deck of cards, activity and coloring books, PlayDoh or slime, puzzles, markers, crayons, construction paper, sketch books, origami paper, air plane kits, or STEM learning kits (e.g., volcano kits). Kids also need new or lightly used laptops and iPads to do their school work.

o Hygiene/Utility Package: For our housing insecure youth and families. Package could include: socks, dry shampoo, body/face/shower wipes, hair brushes, hand lotion, tissue, toothpaste, toothbrush, first aid kit, pre-paid cell phones, phone charging cords and banks, tissues, toilet paper, non-perishable food, including military ready-to-eat meals (on Amazon), and sleeping bags.

o Feminine Care Package: For our teens and women. Packages could include: tampons, pads, panty liners, deodorant, lip balm, face wipes, skincare products, etc.

o Mask Making & PPE Supplies: Our staff teams are working 24/7 to support youth struggling with mental health crises or who need help with daily needs. Ensuring our youth and staff have access to masks will help us prevent the spread of COVID-19, as will thermometers, hand sanitizer, first aid kits and cleaning supplies.

o Essential Worker Meals: Our staff are working diligently to meet the needs of our families. Help us say “thank you” by delivering breakfast, lunch or dinner. Cooking not in your wheelhouse? How about a meal delivery service?

For more information, or to coordinate delivery, please contact Joelle Brinkley, Manager of Philanthropic Services at JoelleB@edgewood.org