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How to give back during National Volunteer Week

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Giving back to the community may seem difficult given social distancing guidelines, but several non-profit leaders say there are plenty of ways to volunteer, while still staying safe, during National Volunteer Week.

President-elect of The Junior League of Eau Claire Emily Cinquegrana said there's a magnitude of volunteer opportunities in the Chippewa Valley.

"You can always join one of the awesome sewing groups that we have in the area right now that are making masks," Cinquegrana said. "If you want to get your kids involved, you can write cards or have them make pictures and then mail them to one of the wonderful care facilities we have in the area. If you are going shopping and you are not immunocompromised, and you are a healthy adult, check in with your neighbors who are maybe elderly or immunocompromised, and see if you can do their shopping for them."

Another organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters, said it's adapted so that volunteers can still spend time with their matches.

"While our matches may not be able to go catch a movie or go catch a game somewhere, what they're able to do is whether it be old-fashioned letter-writing, care package exchanges," Wesley Escondo, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, said. "Whether it be Zoom meetings or Facetiming, even just good old-fashioned phone calls, our matches are still meeting."

Escondo added that it's important for the mentorships to continue so that when the children look back on this time, they'll remember they had someone to talk to.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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