Our Playing it Back program, which is designed as a team-building, in-person community service project for our youth players, is on hold for now. We are encouraging our families to try to find time to do what you can from home.

Immediately below you will find Covid-19 related donation, public service, and useful links. In the second section, you’ll find lots of other community service related resources for Playing it Back from home with your families.

Donate vitally needed blood
Regardless of whether you have Covid-19 antibodies, there is a huge demand for blood
donations during this crisis. Teens 16-17 years can donate blood with parental consent. Find out if you are eligible and book an appointment at nybc.org.

Corona Virus Related Donations

  • Make the Road has a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund “that will enable our teams across five states (CT, NV, NJ, PA & NY) to provide direct support to thousands of low-income immigrants for food and other urgent needs, while we organize for longer-term government support. Undocumented workers, low-income people of color, and other low-wage workers in the cash economy are being left out of government responses, and we are pushing to make sure they get what they need, and provide direct support to fill the gaps.”
  • Longtime Gjøa parent, Dr. John Marshall, is the head of Brooklyn’s busiest ER, Maimonides. They can use immediate financial assistance here. Make your donation in honor of Dr. John Marshall and Staff
  • Masbia Soup Kitchen needs assistance getting emergency food packages out, particularly to Brooklynites in need. Help here
  • Donate toward meals for BK hospital workers.
  • Food Bank for New York City can use our help here
  • Slice Out Hunger is feeding healthcare workers pizza and saving small businesses at the same time. Donate here
  • Info about donating PPE can be found here

Corona Virus Related Links

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Playing it Back From Home

Although we are still hoping to be playing soccer later this spring, it looks as if our mandatory Playing it Back community service events are going to be too difficult to organize in a shortened season. In its place, we’re suggesting that players and families perform an act of digital community service if you can.

As April is Global Volunteer Month, this is a great opportunity to try and contribute to society during this period. We know that this is a busy time for families, with the pressures of working and schooling from home, so this is completely voluntary for those can find the time and energy. If you’re inclined, share photos on Instagram and tag @gjoasoccer using the #playingitback hashtag. Our coaches will be doing the same.

Please see below for ideas for children and adults. You may also be able to find your own.

Volunteering from Home is Valuable

Nonprofit organizations often work with a small staff and tiny budgets. It makes a big difference to these charities when volunteers step in to help.

Volunteer from Home Ideas

Here is a list of volunteer jobs to do from home, for children and adults. You may just find a fun volunteer project and find an easy way to help a good cause.

  • Write a letter of thanks to a community hero.
  • Have your kids write a letter to a healthcare professional, teacher, food chain worker or utility worker during the Coronavirus crisis. These people are on the front lines and a message of appreciation can provide much-needed morale for them.
  • Quiz your kids for a good cause.
  • Kids love playing computer games, and with freerice.com they can give back while they play. The site asks a variety of questions (English vocabulary is the best bet for kids); for every question you get right, 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program. You can also create an account on the site so you can see the total amount you’ve contributed. Helping others and learning new words? Sign us up!
  • Give your DVDs a new home. If you’re like most families, Netflix has more than likely turned your DVD collection into a dust catcher. Work with your kids to pick out the discs you don’t watch anymore, and give them a new home (Really, is your five-year-old going to watch Baby Einstein anymore?). Children’s hospitals, libraries, and daycare centers would welcome your donations. Elementary schools may also take some of those G-rated gems.
  • Volunteer as an online ambassador with Ark of Hope for Children.
  • Volunteer to Translate with Translators without Borders.
  • Give Well-deserved Treats for Troops through Soldiers Angels Treats for Troops.
  • Be an online emotional support person at 7 Cups.
  • Help kids in need when you organize an online fundraiser for Operation Warm.
  • Make a global difference with the United Nations.
  • Lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low vision people. Visit Be My Eyes.
  • Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
  • Sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.
  • Proofread ebooks for Project Gutenberg.
  • Track bird populations with eBird.
  • Answer texts from people in crisis using active listening and collaborative problem solving with Crisis Text Line.
  • Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
  • Record audiobooks for Librivox.
  • Transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian.
  • Send a card, letter or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy. Apply at Chemo Angels.