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One-Step Volunteering. The Easiest Way to Make a Difference

Not everyone has time to travel to and from a volunteer destination, nor the flexibility to commit to, and maintain a volunteer schedule. For those of us feeling a little tied down with work or other daily obligations, there are several ways to Create the Good in just one step.

Do your good deed for the day.

Founded in 2007, Good Deeds Day is a day for individuals to do something that improves the lives of others, be it large or small. It’s celebrated in 100 different nations, worldwide and has grown to over 1 million participants every year. The next international Good Deeds Day is April 7th, 2019. But you don’t have to wait until then to make a difference in your town. Pick up a piece of trash. Hold the door for someone who needs assistance. Give someone a compliment on a job well done, and share the love on social media with #gooddeedfortheday.

Unite with the UN or join the “Crowd.”

In the comfort of your home, with just one click, you can access online volunteer opportunities through the United Nations. Find projects ranging from writing and translating, to project development, art and design. You can also make a difference in as little as 10 seconds at Crowd4U—a microvolunteering site that crowd-pools volunteers to complete larger tasks in fields of academics and public service.

Find instant gratification or weekly inspiration.

Another way to make a difference as part of a larger team is to become a crowdcrafter and perform quick tasks that require human cognition, knowledge or intelligence such as image classification, transcription, geocoding. There are opportunities in social media, science, economics, biology, arts and more. And if you’re looking for some week-by-week consistency with a little variety mixed in, you can find 52 ideas to make the world better, right here.

Find even more volunteer opportunities, right in your community, with this easy-to-use, volunteer search.

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