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COVID-19 projects looking for volunteers

New or established projects helping with the COVID-19 crisis that need help. Volunteer yourself or create a new one. Sign up to volunteer.

  • #Covid19 has already resulted in several job losses. We are seeking to host set of 3 career fairs and seeking volunteer support to mobilize recruiters and job seekers who are most effected by #covid19 outbreak. From store workers, to small business workers, we will provide a job fair platform and also provide support system. These global job fairs would bring a virtual job fair to skills categories most impacted by Covid19. The job fair is planned on 1st Friday of May, June, and July.

    We are seeking a team of volunteers to reach-out to recruiters and employment office communities and spread the word, build technology and provide ecosystem to help people find jobs.

    We will all be working towards creating world's largest career drive to support and help workers most impacted by #covid19 outbreak.

    Update:
    We've launched #stage1 beta site to get the signups rolling. Check: https://jobsoffice.org
    Launched 1st and largest career event to support covid impacted workers: Check: https://covidjobfair.eventbrite.com

    With 10m unemployment claims just in US, we need a healthy and sustained ecosystem to provide help to most vulnerable in these new times.

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  • 49 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Resistbot is a multipurpose and multifunction chatbot. Right now it's the easiest way to lobby both federal and state officials who are currently crafting a legislative response to the pandemic. Our end goal is to give everyone a voice and able to fight for what they want to see, no matter what it is, from social distancing measures at the state level, to federal UBI stimulus, to no corporate bailouts, to more health care supplies, and more. We've also just built covid-19 specific functionality to inform users of a variety of important information for their home state.

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  • 46 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We are going to mobilize millions of people to join the fight against COVID-19.

    The COVID-19 crisis overwhelms healthcare systems all around the world. One of the critical bottlenecks at hospitals is human resources. Doctors, nurses and staff need to be working hectic schedules without a break for months, risking their lives.

    When layman people are asked to volunteer for helping the fight against COVID-19, they show up in large numbers as evidenced in the US, the UK, India, Italy and more. On the other hand, these volunteers do not show up before being subject to a clear call.

    We will create a catchy volunteering initiative that people will take pride to carry its armband or even retweet on Twitter. Being shared on social media platforms heavily, we will register millions of volunteers and save thousands of lives.

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  • 22 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    There are so many inspiring teams working to combat COVID-19 and so many incredible projects here on HWC.

    We want to help as may of these projects and teams as possible to thrive: to help your projects save lives, alleviate suffering and to combat this pandemic as swiftly as we all can together.

    We're committed to helping other teams and projects excel with the help of public donations. We want to help you as project leaders and volunteers gather the funds you need for your life-saving projects and we want to give those who long to help out a place to find and donate to all kinds of teams who are working to fight COVID-19.

    Our actions:

    1. Help projects and teams working on COVID-19 solutions to setup donations on trusted third-party platforms, if they need one and have not created this already.

    2. List as many projects’ donation pages as we can.

    3. Create public awareness to accrue funds for your vital work and enable those who want to support your projects to do so.

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  • 21 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The project name is in reference to the idea that communities can help themselves in times of crises (and normally), and each individual can be both a volunteer or a person in need of help, depending on the day.

    Based on a tool built for Hurricane Sandy. Build a reputation by running successful missions, delivering groceries or checking on someone, Request financial help (and donor match) for those who may be struggling financially. The reputation system and credit trust lines for credit are a core part of this which we hope to work to improve over time.

    Right now the focus is on building a support tool to help local organizers stay organized.

    Based on experience, the need is often towards matching volunteers with needs at first and then will move towards keeping track of reputations and such for volunteers (mission scores), and then over time, the need for funds and donor matching becomes more important. We want to build something to cover all those bases.

    Integrated within this project is another project, SafeTrace API, a contact tracing solution to ensure the safety and privacy of everyone involved. This is a separate project.

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  • Phone-to-phone video chat without Internet or a Local Area Network needed.

    A single-purpose application allowing high-quality audio and video chat between two nearby mobile devices without external networking. Essentially turning two phones into a pair of video-enabled "walkie-talkies", connected to one another by Wi-Fi signals without any other network or devices involved.

    Intended for use where biosecurity makes direct contact difficult and unsafe, allowing easier communication with patients inside biosecurity zones.

    Primary use-case (based on requests from medics) is a COVID-19 medic checking in frequently with a patient in an isolation room without physically visiting each time.

    Medics can use it to interact more frequently with their patients while conserving PPE and minimizing exposure risk. Families can use it to interact with loved ones that cannot be safely visited in person. Works like a baby monitor, but deployed on any mobile device without additional hardware.

    Open source and freely available to all users. Copyleft in hopes that improvements made by commercial contributors will be shared.

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  • We are creating a simple live interface where instructors can stream sessions + the ability to download fitness, meditation & other wellness classes for FREE. We are extending to include all kinds of kids classes from dance, painting, guitar, dance to piano classes...

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  • We are going to spread positive, hopeful, yet realistic messages through the use of a chat-bot, social media, and a website!
    All messages will be centered around the following claim: COVID-19 and it's global impact has incited mass hysteria which is a great opportunity for promoting cautious and safe behavior; however, doing so also encourages reckless and harmful actions. Such messages are spread by social media and people who believe they have scientific 'authority.' Rather than flagging such posts or defaming such people, both of which are unacceptable, we should spread current progress worldwide which has gone unrecognized. Personally, I feel many look to far into the dangerous environment of many medical workers, when also they should be looking at their amazing achievements and provide them more praise or be inspired to also take action rather than panic.

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  • We launched a senior helpline in 48 hours, now it's your turn!
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    COVIDhelp by Zelos is a solution that connects a helpline with a volunteering app. Senior or at-risk citizen call the helpline, an operator triages the ticket, and it automatically gets sent to the smartphones of volunteers.
    PERKS
    -Less pressure on emergency teams.
    -Less people breaking the quarantine to get groceries.
    -More community empowerment.

    WHY COVIDhelp?
    -Over 2 years of real-world use with NGOs and organizations.
    -App available in Android and iOS
    -Setup in less than 2 days with a phone line, or even hours with a simple web form.

    Contact ailan@getzelos.com

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  • 474 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    A community outreach platform that helps connect the elderly to a local delivery service and volunteers. Features include elderly can use a touch tone phone to call a number to place orders or directly place orders through the app. They could also request help in anything (orders placed directly via Thumbtack, DoorDash, TaskRabbit, etc.)

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  • 399 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    **We are on a mission to connect the dots.
    A plan is underway to bridge information gaps that have been harming our ability to respond to the world-wide pandemic Covid-19. The information needed exists, the technology is capable. What's missing is the connection. An end-to-end global community of partners, contributors and supporters are joining forces to end silos and build a readily available stream of data to those who need it, when they need it.

    **We are building the first Covid-19 data ecosystem
    Many teams are building APIs around the globe. While that is helpful, more is truly needed. We are building a full circle data ecosystem where data owners, aggregators and users can easily share and access data across the world, covering multiple areas around cases, patient data and supplies. Combining a Cloud-based data lake and a set of open APIs, our crowdsourced project is aimed at unifying all current data gathering efforts around Covid-19, to help all the key stakeholders (hospitals, governments and manufacturers) make their critical life-saving decisions.

    >> Think of this as a grassroots initiative to drive data transparency across covid19 across the globe!

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  • SLACK CHANEL: Sign up and it will be sent within 12-48 hours.

    Languages
    JS, Python, Django, SQL, Bootstrap, CSS,

    *IDEA: Map-Based Website, Quarantined, Isolated or At-Risk people can ask for Help. People with little or no ability to get things themselves can ask for assistance from community members.
    General UI: Map-Based Website using Google API
    The Users:
    The Helpers: Can enter in their information about where they are located and what they can help with. IE. Grocery pickup, Perscription pickup, Medical Supplies, Entertainment (DVD's, Books, Video games, Etc.), Phone Calls\ Video Calls To help with loneliness depression (Maybe even Psychiatrists etc.)
    The Weakened(Need better Marketing): Can reach out for Help for Themselves OR on behalf of the Elderly or others in need. Reach out for Food, Medicine, Canned Goods, Entertainment, Company (Video and Phone Calls), Books, Diapers, Etc.
    The Logic: Based on Geolocation of postal code and willingness to travel X km's away, The Helpers can pick and choose any tasks that the Weakened have requested. Once they confirm, work on the logic to either be a middle man OR let them communicate directly. Once the task is complete, Mark it as such and remove it from the general Queue.
    The Outcome: Eliminate Dispair for those that may have Covid AND Potential Spread by eliminating the need to break isolation for essential goods. Coming together as a community to help those in need.
    Team: 2 Programmers So Far, Both with toddlers and full-time jobs, so working in between as best we can.
    (Please PM me to help out) Ideal language or skills, Python, Flask, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, UI Design, Google Maps API. etc.
    I have a bunch of Skeleton code to help get started.
    SMS for 2FA
    Registration
    Database connectivity
    Database Searches and Consolidation.
    Display Methods for Items in Queue
    Could really use a hand with the following:
    Flask \ Python Devs in general.
    Google API Experience.
    UI Design.
    General Brainstorming, What am i not thinking of Everyone welcome.
    Don't know where to go from here. It would be fine to take this to another channel and start a GIt. Or if anyone has improvements to the idea, or working on something similar I have no problem giving my code away and access to any resources I have (Azure Servers, Twilio Account, etc.)

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  • 268 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Help With COVID is a clearing house for people (especially engineers & software developers, bio, medicine, manufacturing) to find projects to contribute to, and for projects to find help.

    We've been overwhelmed by the number of people who want to help, and the number of high-quality projects that need it. Our hope is that this is a way for projects and people to find each other and to get to the other side of this as soon as possible.

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  • Growing out of a new Facebook Group (How Can I Help?) based in Mill Valley, CA, we are rapidly building a mobile app (iOS/Android) and React website (all connected) to facilitate rapid connections between individuals who need help and individuals/local businesses who can help them.

    We expect our time to market to be days not weeks. We want to support local businesses who need to connect with customers in new and creative ways in order to earn revenue and to support at-risk populations who need help while in self-quarantine.

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  • 206 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Selftrace is an open-source effort to create a live map that anonymously shows all users who self-reportedly have COVID-19 or show some of its symptoms. We are building a tool that

    1. Will help people track the spread in real-time and self-distance accordingly
    2. Give us an idea on how fast the virus is spreading according to unofficial user data.

    We believe tracking self-reported/unofficial cases is important since many countries have limited testing capabilities, so official numbers will naturally fail to reflect the nature of reality. Volunteers from all backgrounds are welcome!

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  • 4/7 8AM CST Update - Team members still needed! Please connect by registering here and we'll setup intros shortly!

    FRONTEND & BACKEND HELP NEEDED
    UX/UI Who can project manage needed.

    ***Problem: COVID-19 Will Cause Staffing Shortages***
    ***Idea: Professionals have spare time to volunteer to hospitals***
    ***Solution: Website that connects professionals to hospitals in need***

    Our goal is to connect medical providers to hospitals with staffing shortages caused by COVID-19. Italy & France have shown us the importance of being able to increase hospital capacity quickly. In addition to nurses & doctors, facilities will need technicians, schedulers, admins, etc.

    We are building a centralized location where hospitals can request services, and anyone with a medical skillset can offer their time.

    ***Roadmap***
    With current projections, the largest strain on the healthcare system will come 2-4 weeks from today. To get ahead of the curve we are executing a version of the following plan -

    Week 1 - Build Intake for Volunteers & Hospitals (COMPLETE)
    Week 2 - Begin to Match Volunteers to Jobs (NEED HELP NOW)
    Week 3 - Continue enrollment & Run Support Operations
    Week 4 & Onward - Develop features facilities are asking for.

    We launched our beta targeted at physicians before the Coronavirus pandemic and can be viewed here: https://apollohct.com

    Tech & Non-Tech volunteers welcome. Together we can mitigate staffing shortages and save lives.

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  • 143 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    OpenCrisisBoard is an open-source ready-to-deploy application that builds community resilience by letting users communicate on needs-focused message boards, such as Volunteering Services (Think grocery delivery for elderly) and other needs like Medication, Food & Water, Shelter, and more.

    The boards only allow for sign-ups via Facebook or Twitter accounts, and not anonymous or email-based accounts, avoiding the spread of misinformation by letting users easily vet the source of the information.

    The primary goal is for it to be a good source of important information for communities. The secondary goal is to connect users amongst questions and needs that government services currently does not account for, such as volunteer-based child care (in a safe way) as well as grocery delivery for elderly.

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  • 123 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    We just launched giftcardbank.org with a group of volunteers from helpwithcovid!

    We’re donating gift cards to people who are the most affected by Coronavirus. You can help.

    Every year $3 Billion of unspent gift cards go to waste. We’re on a mission to change that. The goal of the #ShowYourCards campaign is to encourage people from around the country to donate the gift cards that they have lying around unused on giftcardbank.org.

    Gift Card Bank will make sure those gift cards get into the hands of the families who have been most affected by Coronavirus.

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  • The Problem

    Making sense of the current COVID-19 environment requires piecing together hundreds of fragmented channels. This includes, but is not limited to, waiting for sluggish updates from the CDC, sifting through various Twitter feeds, or calling your friends for the latest on fear-mongering rumors. What if there could be a better way to be in the loop, without hunting through multiple channels?

    The What

    Coronavirus Wire is a curated news aggregator that provides real-time updates on the most important changes affecting your local community, so that you can stay informed and make rational decisions.

    It's designed to counteract misinformation and rumors around Coronavirus spread through social media by highlighting what's truly happening locally, nationally, and globally around you. Determine wait times at your local hospital, see grocery store item shortages, and take actions according to municipality rules. Quickly learn what's happening to your neighborhood, plan decisions on the available local resources, and take action knowing you are informed to the best of your abilities. Stay informed locally. Act rationally.

    A more detailed proposal can be found here:
    https://www.notion.so/jefflin/Coronavirus-Wire-Proposal-cc0839ac0aed45c19c4784e3a0086d72

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  • 112 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    Currently information about vaccine and treatment development is decentralized across news outlets, company press releases and social media. There are several excellent examples of infection/death/recovery trackers and maps that provide guidance on the status of the pandemic progression, but it is also important to disseminate accurate information with appropriate caveats and epistemic humility on the progress (or lack thereof) of a potential vaccine and treatments for COVID-19. This would help governments, organizations and businesses better plan in accordance with the estimated timelines and likelihood (or lack thereof) of a potential vaccine, and help understand the timelines for potential treatments, partly so that we can plan the extent of containment efforts (e.g. if trial results for treatments are around the corner, it will motivate stricter containment efforts in the short term). The status of these projects are of interest to everyone in the world right now, so its time we had a central dashboard for everyone to track this progress.

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  • Objective: Reduce the R0 to < 1 by October 1, 2020

    We're trying to predict & prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections by:

    1. Using wearables to detect variances in resting heart rate, sleep, & body temperature

    Studies show that resting heart rate data & sleep quality measured from a Fitbit can predict influenza-like illnesses at the state level. We're extending these studies to detect COVID-19.

    2. Crowdsourcing self-reported symptom checks

    Along with passive, synchronous, and physiological data analysis, we're crowdsourcing self-reported symptom checks. Daily check-ins can help understand where the greatest needs will be.

    3. Gamifying self-quarantine, isolation, & social distancing protocols

    Let's apply behavioral economics & gamification techniques that incentivize people to follow the best protocols for their situation. We can have leaderboards for the most time stayed at home, mint cryptocurrency for daily check-ins, etc. Let's make it helpful, fun and less scary.

    The end goal is to get ahead of the coronavirus infection and flatten the curve before our healthcare system collapses.

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  • 101 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    'Face pandemic' is a non-profit and community-driven effort to utilized specialized technologies to identify, analyze and take preventive measures for outbreaks of infectious diseases like COVID-19. Unfortunately, most governments were not prepared to handle this pandemic. As a result, we the citizens have to take control and use our skills and efforts to keep everyone in communities safe globally. We have developed an application that anonymously acquires health and location information form participants and performs real-time analytics to predict the spread of the virus, alert everyone about the hot zones and identify preventive measures. Predictive analytics capability can help health professionals and emergency response teams to prepare in advance. THIS IS NOT A CONTACT TRACING APP. Our focus is to create a complete system that can help to identify infectious diseases in the early stages, start preventive measures and operation planning for the doctors/hospitals. Scale and reach to the maximum number of population is the key and it should work online - offline. We can't ever again in this situation yet and need to remember "Prevention is better than cure".

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  • With elementary schools suddenly closed for the rest of the year, parents are struggling to balance work, caring for others and the sudden responsibility for keeping their children educated and on track for school.

    We just launched a web app that helps parents trade off supervising different subjects using video chat so that when another parent is on duty, they can work from home or care for other family members.

    If a parent can't get dedicated time to work, their job is (more) at risk. If they don't have dedicated time to school their children, their child's education is at risk.

    How it works:
    1) Parents sign up for free and create a private group for the other parents from their child's class at school
    2) They add their availability and which subjects they can cover each day
    3) They can browse other availabilities in the "available sessions" feed and send booking requests to each other for sessions

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  • 99 volunteers - sign up to volunteer

    The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and 5 other US territories to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. We currently attempt to include positive and negative results, hospitalizations, and total people tested for each state or district currently reporting that data.

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  • Problem:
    The detection of COVID-19 symptoms requires doctor and hospital visits, or a visit to test sites outside from home. This results in possible transmission or infection of COVID-19, and an increase of doctor visits straining the medical resources available.

    Solution:
    Prognosis, diagnosis and screening for the patients infected with COVID-19 is suggested to be based on breathing characteristics (Wang et al. 2020. https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.05534) as well as other vital signs such as blood oxygen saturation/hemoglobin levels (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200330152135.htm).
    The detection of vital signs can be achieved via facial cameras and machine learning for breathing patterns (Chen et al. 2019 https://arxiv.org/pdf/1909.03503.pdf), hemoglobin levels (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6371334/), HRV and others (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6396075/).

    The proposed project is an app that can be installed and used on any smartphone and laptop to detect early symptoms of COVID-19 remotely without leaving the home. As well as for monitoring (ongoing interest from healthcare and medical institutions already).
    It uses the detection of vital signs and breathing characteristics via technological devices accessible to everybody at home with cameras of smartphones/laptop and machine learning, and combines it with the detection of pearly symptoms.
    The app could also include therapeutical suggestions such as aerobic and mindfulness exercises to help people reduce stress and anxiety.
    And resources to reach for the nearest hospital, doctor and pharmacy.
    As well as resources for communal support and connection to nearest online groups, help for grocery delivery etc.

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