With COVID-19 restrictions in place, you may be looking for ways to give back through virtual volunteering. Would you like to count penguins in remote regions or teach the Mars Rover how to classify Martian terrain? Those are just two of the vast array of volunteer opportunities that are available for you to participate in from the comfort of your home. Here are 12 more to give you some ideas of fun ways for you to give back through virtual volunteering.
Volunteer to Make Greeting Cards for Sick Kids
Put a smile on a child’s face! Create and decorate a note for a sick child through Cards for Hospitalized Kids, or send hope to a child on the other side of the world with an e-greeting through World Pediatric Project.
Volunteer to Serve as a Virtual Translator
Do you speak a second language? Help Translators Without Borders as they come alongside nonprofits in the health and education sectors who are working with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Volunteer to Do Origami – and Provide Clean Water for Families
Founded by two sisters when they were just 7 and 8 years old, Paper for Water uses volunteers to fold origami ornaments, which are then used to raise funds for clean water projects around the world.
Volunteer to Decorate Lunch Bags
Brighten someone’s day! Meals on Wheels and Kids’ Meals are two of the nonprofits that accept lunch bags decorated with stickers, drawings, and inspirational sayings to delight and encourage their recipients.
Pack a Shoebox
It’s never too early to start preparing for Christmas! Pack a shoebox full of goodies to bless a child in need through Operation Christmas Child. You can even order your items online while you are stuck at home!
Write a Letter to a Soldier
Volunteer to Serve as a Crisis Counselor
Answer texts from people in crisis and serve as an active listener, friend, and helper in their moment of need. Crisis Text Line is free and available 24/7 for people in the U.S., Ireland, and the U.K.
Volunteer as a Virtual Mentor
Organizations like Mentor and Tuesday’s Children provide opportunities for adults to mentor teens. Mentors can listen, share advice, and help a young person navigate the challenges of life. A quick text, call, or message can make a world of difference!
Plan a Fundraising Event
Every organization that holds an annual fundraising event is happy to have that one volunteer who loves to plan events. The possibilities are limitless – like this Virtual 5K put on by Lifeline for Families!
Create a Birthday Box
Plan a party in a box for a child who might not otherwise have a celebration. Together We Rise and Happy Birthdays are just two of the organizations that use volunteers to ensure that kids are made to feel loved and valued on their special day.
Volunteer Your Technology Expertise
If you have computer or technology skills, there are numerous opportunities for you to use your skills for good. You can even teach underserved students how to code through programs like CodePath and TEALS.
Apply Your Professional Skills
Are you a medical professional looking for a way to give back? Do you have an accounting or legal background? The Taproot Foundation, Catchafire, and GlobalGiving match skilled professionals with nonprofits that need your expertise. Many nonprofits are understaffed or even fully operated by volunteers. So you could make a world of difference by volunteering!
Virtual volunteering has proven to be successful at filling the needs in our communities during the pandemic and we believe it has sparked a new trend that is here to stay. Looking for local organizations offering a variety of volunteer opportunities? Start here.