No one can help everyone but everyone can help someone: volunteer work in Munich
April • 17th, 2020
by the Expat in the City Team
The best platforms in Munich to help people in need during the Corona crisis
The further the Coronavirus spreads, the more important it gets to stay positive and help people that are affected most by it.
Since the German government has urged people to take social distancing seriously and minimise any contacts, daily life as we know it has changed. Especially people shown to be at highest risk from COVID-19 – the elderly and those with certain pre-existing conditions – are advised to stay at home and not go out to the supermarket, doctors or for walks at all, and this will probably last a while. Also people who are affected by the virus or have similar symptoms need to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, as well as others returning back to Germany from high-risk countries.
That means many are in need of help having groceries, medicines, or other essentials delivered to their homes, of their pets to be taken care of or maybe just need someone to talk to on the phone. This is why now more than ever we need to keep together and support each other. Asking around we found that many people would like to make a positive contribution while not being sure where to go or where to start! So here’s an overview of Munich’s current initiatives and helpful resources that might help you get going :)
Please note that most initiatives are locally organised and therefore most often have a German website; but they are also all reachable by phone which should help you communicate more easily if you have any difficulties with the online registration process!
Munich volunteers (Münchner Freiwillige)
The Munich Voluntary Aid, which was created in 2015 as a spontaneous aid for refugees, offers several options to get active in the corona crisis. There is a hotline for older people and people in the risk groups, through which they can find someone who cares for them. If you would like to help and run errands for people in your neighbourhood, you can register by following this link
Mediation platform Quarantänehelden
On quarantänehelden.org (Germany-wide) help seekers as well as helpers can both place an advertisement. By searching for your personal postcode, those affected can find a help offer nearby or the other way around!
'Tierrettung München' is building an aid network for pets
Munich Animal Rescue is trying to build a network to help pet owners who need to be quarantined to find people who take care of their pets. They are looking for walkers, food buyers but also foster homes - you can also read their latest updates on Facebook and apply through this link!
Neighborhood networks like nebenan.de
Smaller networks, such as nebenan.de, are also great to help neighbours in quarantine or in risk groups who are in need of groceries or medicine. To get going you need to register in their online network, find it here.
'Clever ackern' provides harvest helpers to farmers whose livelihoods are in danger
'Clever ackern’ is a newly founded Munich startup that brings job seekers and farmers together to help them harvest. On the online platform of the same name, schoolchildren, students or people who have lost their jobs in the current time or have some time in general can register to help. Both farmers and job seekers indicate their search criteria, "Clever Ackern" mediates between the two and finds the right partner - click here to find out more!
Groups on Facebook
In various groups on Facebook Munich people communicate about small and large news, ideas and help offers regarding the Coronavirus. Who needs help or has any ideas to share - and is registered on Facebook - is free to post and usually receives numerous offers and responses!
Hilfe bei Corona - Quarantäne in München (private group)
Münchner Tafel continues to distribute and is looking for helpers
Helpers are more than welcome at the Münchner Tafel these days - especially poor people are not better off in times of the Corona crisis, they are still dependent on help and donations. Their guests also include senior citizens affected by old-age poverty, the physically and mentally ill, and single parents with children.
On their homepage, the board lists the most important requirements, for example that you have to be over the age of 16 and not be in a risk area or have had contact with potentially infected people. Of course, the board is still happy about useful food donations. Information for volunteers or donors can be found here.
If you want to find out more on where and how to support local store and restaurant owners in Munich, also check out this article! :)
Stay safe everyone!