COVID-19 Resources for Volunteers
To our volunteers - we are here for you
As we navigate these uncertain times together, our connections with you and the relationships you’ve built with your Littles and Friends are more important than ever. Our team is here to answer your calls, texts, emails and video chat requests. We encourage you to reach out so we can answer questions, provide resources or even just say hello during this time that so many of us are at home.
Updated Guidelines as of January 2022
Visit our Facebook for virtual and in-person match meeting suggestions. New ideas for field trips, games, and crafts, posted each week!
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Staying Connected Virtually
Take a Virtual Field Trip
Hundreds of zoos, museums, National Parks and art galleries are now offering free live webcams and virtual field trips to keep people at home entertained and educated.
Schedule a “meetup” time with your Friend or Little, then share the links below to start your virtual field trip!
Click here for more virtual trips you can take with your match.
Take a virtual tour of famous landmarks and national parks of Wyoming! Visiting Wyoming promises to be a thrilling excursion. The western part of Wyoming is mostly covered by the Rocky Mountains, and the eastern part of the state is in the High Plains. Federal lands in the state include both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, and there are also recreation areas, national monuments, national forests, wildlife refuges, and more.
National Geographic Photo Ark
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Explore the thousands of photos in the Ark to find out more about wildlife around the world and the threats they face in the wild.
Face your fears! A Distance Learning Adventure brings bat conservation to life through webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. Bats are vital to healthy ecosystems and human economies worldwide.
Hop into a time machine with your Little and explore the world by time period, idea, or location. Uncover hidden objects and artworks from the museum's rooms
San Diego Zoo
You and your match can tune into the live cams and watch baboons, koalas, elephants, and more
New England Aquarium
Dive into a virtual tour of the New England Aquarium. Watch multiple live presentations such as shark feedings, harbor seal tooth brushing, and sea turtle hospital tour.
Make a difference with your Friend or Little. Choose a cause that you both are passionate about and volunteer your time together. Check out Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston and Boston Cares for more virtual and at-home volunteering options.
Even more virtual ideas...
Make Valentine's Day Cards
Make and send Valentine's Day cards to your Friend or Little. There are so many different ways to make cards beyond just folding paper in half. Check out how to make some of our favorite cards:
Who doesn't love cake! Try these 13 easy microwave cake recipes that you can make in your favorite mug. You and your Friend/Little can choose which flavors to try, then follow the recipe together during your virtual meeting. Mug cakes are a creative alternative to traditional baking that does not require an oven and can be made in minutes!
Virtual Art Workshop with PeaceLove
PeaceLove promotes mental well-being by using creativity and self-expression to inspire, explore, and communicate. JBBBS has partnered with PeaceLove so that all volunteers have unlimited access to their virtual workshops. Explore your creative side with your Friend or Little next time you meet up virtually. Click here to check out our PeaceLove page and make sure to email Lorraine to receive your code to access the free workshops!
Go on a Scavenger Hunt with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This activity can be done in your own backyard! Draw pictures or take photos if you wish, but most importantly, later share your findings with your Littles and Friends. (options also to share with the world wide web) Find activity by clicking here Scavenger Hunt.
Virtual Art GalleriesVisit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, you and your match can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists. Option: you and your match can draw or create a piece of art at home inspired by something you saw and show each other virtually or mail it to each other! Tell each other what it is you liked about your inspiration art piece or the piece you made.
Attend a Seminar, Learn Something New
- Learn about Asian small-clawed Otters with the Houston Zoo. (click here: Live with Zookeeper Pricilla) If Otters are not your thing, check out Facebook pages such as the Houston Zoo and the San Diego Zoo for Facebook Live discussions. Watch with your Friend or Little, re-cap together afterward to reinforce what things you bother learned! Here are two more suggestions.
- History of the American Robin, click here Mass. Audubon. If you wait through the final pause, you’ll see a very funny ending!
- Learn about seals and desensitization training, click here New England Aquarium. Covid 19, is affecting how our animals learn as well. Seals need to understand why their trainers are wearing strange masks! Watch to see how captive seals learn about important medical procedures.
Try a guided meditation to practice mindfulness and reduce stress. Go to Headspace.com and screen share on zoom to do the meditation together.
Do yoga or a fitness class together
Get moving with your Little/Friend and virtually do yoga or other fitness classes together such as Zumba, a dance class, or work out routines. There are tons of free videos on Youtube that do not require any equipment besides your body. Screen share on Zoom to watch the video together.
Learn a Tik Tok dance together!
Take turns singing your favorite songs or sing along together. Check out free karaoke videos on Youtube or use a website like KaraFun
Start a Food Passport
Get adventurous in the kitchen and try different foods from around the world with your match. Choose a country and pick out a recipe from their culture to complete together over Facetime. Try crepes from France, Matcha Cheesecake from Japan, and pasta from Italy.
Staying Connected, 6 Feet Apart
The Painting Place
Make something beautiful that you and your match can cherish forever. The Painting Place in Wellesley offers outdoor seating to do pottery, paint canvas, and create colorful mosaics. You also have the option to pick up craft kits to do at a nearby park or in the backyard.
Visit the deCordova Sculpture Park
Enjoy the fall weather and see some amazing outdoor sculptures by visiting the deCordova Sculpture Park with your Friend or Little. The Sculpture Park occupies 30 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, forests, fields, gardens, and terraces on a rolling site along the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At any given time, approximately 60 sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Park.
We all know that the best way to enjoy the autumn weather is to go apple picking. Many farms and orchards in the Greater Boston area have social distance guidelines in place. This activity is a great outdoor option that you can do while remaining 6 feet apart. Try apple picking or visiting a farm next time you meet with your Little.
GeocachingJoin the world's largest treasure hunt! Meet with your Little or Friend for an outdoor adventure and go Geocaching.Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS or mobile device to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.
Outdoor Art Exhibit
Play Sports Outside
Get outside and get moving! A great way to connect with your match outside is to kick a soccer ball around, play catch with a baseball, or play a match of tennis. There are many options to play sports together where you can remain 6 feet apart. Just remember to wash your wants and the equipment afterwards.
Have a Picnic
Enjoy the outdoors and meal together at your favorite park or even in your own backyard. Don't forget to bring a meal (not shared, of course).
Our cameras are only a phone away! Take advantage of them, click away, and share with each other about what you are photographing. What “spoke” to you in your photos and why? Can you send each other some of your work in the mail? A framed photo can be a very meaningful gift!
Socially Distant Games
Bocce Ball, Cornhole, Paddle Ball, Shuffleboard, Toss, Frisbee, golf, volleyball and tennis all fit the bill. Make sure to sanitize your equipment and your hands before and after play!
Biking, Jogging, Roller Skating, Oh My!
These types of activities are perfect for social distancing together. Don’t forget your safety gear!
Practice Your Hand Eye Coordination
Play some frisbee, paddle ball, or beach volleyball together. Make sure to sanitize your equipment and your hands before and after play! Wear your masks and do not touch your face. Be safe and have fun!