The Coronavirus has changed how we go about our daily lives. If you’re feeling restless about spending extra time inside, now is the perfect time to explore volunteer opportunities from home. Whether you’re under a mandatory quarantine or just taking appropriate precautions by limiting social interaction, consider volunteer opportunities you can do virtually from the comfort of home.
Volunteers today come in many forms. Most people imagine an in-person volunteer working in a community—whether cleaning up a park, holding a clothing drive or bringing a meal to a nursing home. But giving your time to a good cause can include more than being physically on site—and in an increasingly digital world, being “in person” isn’t required.
Don’t have a car or a ride to get to the volunteering site? Can’t snag a sitter for young ones at home? Create the Good has you covered, helping you help others and your community right from your own home.
Every day, volunteers across the country lend a hand virtually, from computers, tablets, phones and other mobile devices. All you need is Internet access—and sometimes, just a phone.
What’s your niche?
First, think about what it is that you can offer others. Can you provide that skill across the web? The way your talents translate virtually may surprise you.
For example, do you know how to build or update a website? Are you fluent in the language of computer coding or programming? Lend your skills to a nonprofit, effort or charity doing work you believe in. Organizations such as InterConnection.org can help you put your technology or computer skills to use for nonprofits and NGOs.
Are you a grammar whiz or love to write? Foundations and nonprofits are always trying to get the word out about their mission and their work. Offer to help with outreach to potential donors, fundraising or grant writing and editing. Or help the organization keep a blog or social media feeds updated.
The list goes on! Who are you?
Consider your passion
Once you have a good feel for what it is you can offer, ask yourself what you’re most passionate about—and then what organizations can benefit most from your skills. What’s convenient about being a virtual volunteer is every organization across the world is at your fingertips. No matter your abilities, you’re bound to find one with the mission—and needs—perfectly suited for you.
How do you find the perfect virtual fit? If you don’t have an organization already in mind, there are plenty of volunteer matching sites with national and global opportunities:
The world is your volunteering oyster!
Want to sew clothing for disadvantaged children in India? Or help a nonprofit carry out a social mission in Taiwan? Or perhaps you know of a graphic design company doing great work in India?
Today’s technology truly does allow you to connect to good from wherever you are. With the click of a button, you can find the perfect opportunity with a cause dear to you. Virtual volunteering is an ideal way to extend your altruistic reach across the globe, learning more about other cultures and making an impact on communities far away.
Explore these virtual volunteer opportunities:
Learning Ally, formerly Recording For the Blind & Dyslexic, seeks volunteers to help with the audiobook recording process. We especially need computer-literate volunteers willing to help with Quality Control procedures, but articulate readers of various areas of expertise are always welcome.
Lead a virtual class for homebound seniors on a topic of your interest (history, news, exercise, art/music appreciation, health, other) right from your computer! All you need is a topic, one hour and computer with a webcam (we'll supply the login). Flexible day, evening or weekend scheduling.
The VELLO reading program offers volunteers an easy way to read with kids and make a big impact. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is required! Volunteers will provide 1:1 reading support for 30min each week to 1st- 3rd grade students in Maricopa County. You can volunteer from anywhere with an Internet connection; office/work place, home, smart phone, laptop, PC, etc. 25 minute online training and online background check. No experience necessary! Choose your own schedule!
Disability Partnerships is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.
A Family For Every Child is committed to finding permanent and loving adoptive families for waiting foster children. We are looking for a volunteer or intern to help create a streamlined process to request, schedule and implement child recruitment services. If you are interested in digging into social work this might be for you. We are looking to invest in someone who can commit to working with us for one year. The work can be done from anywhere. Build your resume by working with a nationally known organization.
the Lies is a non-profit that needs a Remote Volunteer to assist with legal research. Learn more about our mission here: stopthelies.org. You may help with one or more of the following: Providing legal knowledge on how to get MRI technology-based lie-detection accepted in court; preparing and following step-by-step instructions to follow Frye and Daubert criteria; and supporting findings with extensive legal research.
Help raise awareness of the latest scams targeting people of all ages with an emphasis on the 50+! Digital Fraud Fighters utilize fraud content shared by the AARP National Fraud Team to broadcast information across a multitude of digital platforms. Reliable phone, internet access and an email address are required.
The Give Study Foundation is in need of content creators for our nonprofit. This would entail creating study guides for the MCAT through outlines of biological, chemical, physical, mathematics, and/or other STEM related topics. You could determine your time commitment . A previous background in the STEM field is desired but not required.
Volunteer Assistance to the Vulnerable is looking for a virtual office manager. That is a non-paid independent contract worker, who will provide administrative, creative, or technical services. That position may transform to a paid-position as soon as our company becomes sustainable. The worker will handle the same tasks as an office secretary, or manager, but will do it at home. We may provide reimbursement for using personal equipment.
Help the USO send messages of support to service members.
Volunteer through Learn to Be, which brings online tutoring to underserved youth around the nation.
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Is virtual volunteering right for you?
From flexibility to expanded horizons, there are many clear advantages to volunteering virtually. It could be a perfect fit for:
Don’t have a computer or internet access?
Don’t worry—sometimes all you need is a phone to put your time toward good. Man a domestic violence hotline or suicide call center. Organize or manage donation drive pickups. Or simply pick up the phone and call a senior in isolation.
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