Volunteer energy cooperatives have popped up around the country in recent years, offering free meals and free haircuts to residents of low-income neighborhoods, often in collaboration with nonprofit organizations and faith-based groups.
Now a coalition of groups is asking volunteers to help curb the coronavirus epidemic.
The group, called Volunteer Energy Cooperative Network (VECN), has launched a Facebook page, volunteerforenergycooperation.org, to gather information about the programs.
They are seeking volunteers from the community and others in the health care field.
They said they are looking for a wide range of skills, including caring for sick or injured people, helping to coordinate food and other needs, and helping people in need.
Volunteers can apply by filling out a short questionnaire.
To find a local group that offers a service, go to www.volunteersforenergy.org.
The group is hoping to have about 150 volunteer hours completed by Dec. 16.