Honoring the Volunteers at the Heart of Our Mission
December 5 is International Volunteer Day — a day we honor those who give selflessly to provide the care communities need, at home and around the world.
Medical volunteers have been at the heart of Project HOPE’s mission for more than 60 years. But never have they been more needed than now.
COVID-19 is a threat unlike any we’ve seen in our lives, stretching hospitals to capacity and threatening vulnerable communities both at home and around the world.
Project HOPE has deployed dozens of medical volunteers this year, each of whom has brought their unique expertise to help heal communities that need it most. They are nurses and doctors, pediatricians and pharmacists. But they all have one thing in common: a desire to bring compassionate care to the front lines of today’s greatest health challenges.
As communities in the U.S. have faced deadly surges of COVID-19, Project HOPE’s volunteers have answered the call: providing surge staffing in emergency rooms, testing communities for the virus, supporting long-term care facilities, and performing critical hospital operations.
This International Volunteer Day, we honor their commitment and willingness to step in wherever they’re needed most — whether in the aftermath of a hurricane or an ICU on the front lines of COVID-19 — to provide the care communities need.
When the battle to stop COVID-19 gets exhausting, little moments keep you going. Read the latest dispatch from a Project HOPE volunteer nurse deployed to Houston, Texas.
Volunteer Voices: Stories From The Front Lines
All year, we’ve been collecting stories from Project HOPE volunteers deployed to treat COVID-19 across the country. Read their stories to learn more about what it’s like on the front lines of the greatest health challenge of our lives.
Quality Care Must Include Cultural Understanding
As we build a future beyond COVID-19, what lessons can we learn from the Navajo? Read the latest dispatch from a Project HOPE volunteer deployed to Chinle, Arizona.
Have You Met COVID-19? You Don’t Want To.
What is it like on the front lines of a devastating virus? Read the latest dispatch from a Project HOPE volunteer nurse deployed to Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico.
The Cost of COVID-19 on Seniors
COVID-19 has taken a toll on seniors nationwide — physically, but also mentally. Read the latest dispatch from two Project HOPE volunteers deployed to Cook County, Illinois.
How Creative Thinking Can Take Testing To the Community
Maryland has conducted over 3 million COVID-19 tests, thanks in part to some creative thinking about how to get those tests to the people who need them. Read the latest dispatch from a Project HOPE volunteer deployed to Montgomery County, Maryland.
The Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic
The fight against COVID-19 is filled with heroes. But some workers on the front lines don’t always get the credit they deserve. Read the latest dispatch from a Project HOPE volunteer nurse deployed to Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico.
How you can help
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