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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Community Service From Home

Pledge Your Hands to Larger Service

In an effort to Stay Home and Stay Healthy this page lists the various community service activities that can be done from home!

Generosity allows youth to “pledge their hands to larger service” and is one of the essential elements of 4-H. Service and generosity allow for exposure to the larger community and the world itself while giving youth an opportunity to grow and learn.

Service Opportunities From Home

Multicolored fabric face masks are laid out with hands holding one.

Sew Face Masks!

Many organizations are accepting masks made by the community! To find where you can donate locally, check online or look on this directory.

There are several places to find patterns:

Providence Hospital has created Community Face Mask Instructions (PDF) for masks without elastic.

Chemo Buddies offers instructions for masks with and without elastic.

Just remember, sewn masks are for “respiratory etiquette” use by the general public, and they are not intended for medical purposes.

Peanuts character Linus holds a blue blanket

Join Project Linus!

Project Linus is a program that collects community-made blankets and distributes them to children in need. There are guidelines for making the blankets. The local chapter is based in Sequim and can be contacted at 360-797-7417 to coordinate blanket drop-off.

A pen sits on a letter with "Dear Friend" written on it.

Write a Letter!

Those in retirement homes are no longer allowed visitors but they can still receive letters! Take time to reach out to an elderly member of our community and send a letter or drawing. If you choose to include a return mailing address you may even get a letter back!

Locally, you can send letters to Avamere Independent & Assisted Living. Their address is: 1201 Hancock St, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Another option is The Kenney Pen Pal program. This is run through The Kenney Continuing Care Retirement Community and connects you with a resident who would like a pen pal.

Visit freerice.com!

Freerice, a site created by the United Nations World Food Programme, has users answer trivia questions to generate funds from sponsors. These funds are then used to bring food to communities in need all over the world. With just an internet connection you can help to feed youth and families across the globe!

 

A basket full of gardening tools sits next to a garden box full of vegetables

Garden and Give!

Take some time to plant a garden with different vegetables then, when everything is grown, you can donate some to local food banks. Here are some gardening resources from the WSU Master Gardeners program!

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Help an Animal Shelter!

Though you can’t go out and volunteer in person at an animal shelter, you can still help in lots of different ways. You can create dog toys, make pet beds, or collect pet food and then donate them to the animal shelter.