Dear Amava Members,
Amava is a human-centered organization. Our efforts are focused on serving our Members. We’ve been keeping you at the forefront of our efforts as we look for opportunities and ideas to keep you socially engaged as the landscape changes.
Here are some updates:
Virtual Volunteering: It’s Become Quite a Thing
Building upon our new program with leading nonprofit organizations, we have some amazing new ways for you to volunteer from home and we are so proud to be working with such high-caliber partners. You can train to be a Crisis Counselor with the world-changing Crisis Text Line and start helping people in distress. You can sew masks and send in supply kits for homeless people from wherever you are. If you have a heart to help Veterans, you can find ways to feed a hero in select cities or look into helping out in your neck of the woods.
Workplace Tools You Can Use
We’ve been on the lookout for resources to help our Members who want to work. From new ideas for virtual business, to articles about part-time jobs in the new normal and the different sides of one-sided video interviews to a review of an exciting new book that can help you connect with your potential by improving your communication style, we are here to help you set yourself up as advantageously as possible.
We’ve been working on content to keep you thinking. Recent pieces have taken on framing time, navigating change and virtual experiences. Our Guest Contributors have offered perspectives on practicing good mental health, taming clutter and life after lockdown.
We all look forward to more in-person social engagement, even if it is different from what we are used to for the time being. In the meantime, stay safe and well and stay engaged.
All the best,
The Amava Team
April 5, 2020
We are reaching out with updates for you as we navigate these uncharted waters together. At Amava, our team is working hard to connect Members with opportunities and ideas for social engagement–this has always been the focus of our efforts and we maintain our dedication as this global crisis evolves and physical distancing demands creativity and cooperation.
We wanted to share some of the things we’ve done recently:
We are working on a new program with leading nonprofit organizations using our platform to connect Members with ways to volunteer from their homes while we are being encouraged to “stay in place.” One such organization, Soldiers’ Angels, is organizing people to sew face masks for 15 VA Hospitals around the country.
New Opportunities for Members
We are continuing to work with Partners to find remote and newly-emerging work opportunities as well as interesting business opportunities to help our Members plan for the future. Companies are hiring for remote customer service agent positions and we are presenting these options to our Members in real-time. Positions are open in senior living facilities to provide needed services and support social distancing protocols. People are considering investments in recession-resistant businesses and we have partnered with entities looking for business owners.
We have compiled community-sourced ideas for you to stay socially engaged, with more on the way and posted articles to guide Members through these rapidly changing times. From making micro-experiences matter to using this strange time to figure out what you want to do next to giving back in your community despite social distancing to thoughts about how to stay busy and connected, we have shared useful information and, we hope, some inspiration as well. In addition to our own articles, we’ve turned to some guest contributors to give you some unique and helpful insights, including tips for caregivers, home workouts and lessons from an American living in China.
In Your Own Backyard
We are pleased to introduce enhancements to Go Local. All Members can now use Go Local to list willingness to help, request support from fellow Amava Members or post work and volunteer opportunities for other Members in their own communities. Simply login, access Go Local Listings, from your My Amava page, pick your preferred distance settings and begin to communicate directly with other Members onsite.
We are standing by our Members and our mission. Our team is here to support you. Reach out if we can help you find ideas for productive, interesting ways to keep yourself active, engaged and connected.
Keep Living Well,
The Amava Team
March 13, 2020
Dear Amava Members,
I wanted to reach out in this time of global and national crisis. We started Amava to help people stay active and socially engaged. While we have been gratified by your enthusiastic response, we recognize that social interactions are temporarily shifting. Staying home or at least avoiding group gatherings have become short-term necessities to protect our health and the health of others. For some of us, an unfortunate consequence will be increased feelings of isolation.
So how do you stay socially engaged when social distancing is recommended? At Amava, we are focusing on creative ways for you to continue to earn, learn, give back and more without putting yourself at risk. You can:
Jump start your online learning journey or pick up a new language. Sharpen some skills, acquire new ones or learn about something you’ve always wanted to know.
On that topic, we are scheduling free online Ask Amava Discussion Groups for our Members about remote learning for next week. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Remote Learning” and let us know if you’re interested.
Be kind to your neighbors. If you know someone who is self-quarantining, give them a phone or video call to say “hi” and let them know you are there to help if needed. If your local schools are shutting down, parents or students in your community may appreciate your help.
Use our new Go Local feature to list your willingness to help, request support from fellow Amava Members or post work and volunteer opportunities for other Members in your own community. You can access Go Local from your My Amava page.
Our team is here to support you. Reach out if we can help you find ideas for productive, interesting ways to keep yourself active, engaged and connected.
Keep Living Well,
Mark and the Amava Team