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Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
May 28th, 2020
By Kelsey Seeker

Are you interested in volunteering virtually? Don’t underestimate the impact you can have and the communities you can serve remotely. Check out these volunteer opportunities:

Upchieve

UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it. Their volunteer experience was designed to be ultra-flexible because they believe it should be easy for awesome people like you to help students succeed. You can help students from anywhere with an internet connection: whether that be from your desk at work or from the comfort of your couch!

Interfaith Ministries-Meals on Wheels

Craft greeting cards; arts and crafts for delivery to elderly.

  • Be My Eyes- Download the app
    Help those visually impaired with everyday tasks we take for granted. So you download the app, and you make yourself available for questions like: is the milk expired, where is the HDMI button on the remote. You get a call through the app and it takes 2 minutes or less time out of your day.
  • Craft homemade masks to provide to your service industry providers at the local restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, etc. There are free tutorials online.

Catch a Fire

Volunteer your skills virtually to non-profits affected by COVID-19 moving their critical missions along.
Projects include social media advice, branding, project integration, sales strategy, recommendation on tech equipment. They pose a question, they show the estimated project duration (1 hour), call, email, etc. It helps professionals build their skills, and help another non profit with their mission.

United Way

View these virtual and remote volunteer opportunities, such as COVID-19 Notes of Encouragement program or a Card Shower. 


Cards for Hospitalized Kids

  • Create cards for children with chronic illness - please use positive messages such as "Stay Strong", "You Are Awesome", "You Rock", "Never forget how amazing you are", "I hope you have a great day", or "Be Brave".
  • Send cards to Generation SERVE at PO Box 55531, Houston, TX 77255. They follow CDC guidelines and wait 10 days before handling or sending them to Cards for Hospitalized Kids or Texas Children's.


Be a Good Neighbor

  • Decorate your driveway with sidewalk chalk with inspiring messages and pictures for people to enjoy while on walks!
  • "Going On a Bear Hunt" - encourage your neighbors through NextDoor or social media to put teddy bears in their windows so families on walks can try to find all the bears in the neighborhood.
  • Virtually organize a neighborhood scavenger hunt!

Project Gutenberg

Do you have great writing skills? Project Gutenberg aims to create the largest digital library, and so far, they’ve amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work.


FreeRice

Start a friendly competition among your team (include families) to see who has the best vocabulary. For every correct answer on vocabulary quizzes, rice is donated to families in need through the World Food Program.


Translators Without Borders

If you speak a second language, consider this option to put your language skills to good use. Volunteers provide translations to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health
and education.


Smithsonian Digital Volunteers

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts.

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