Looking for ways to be involved in community from your own home? Read this article to learn more. Here are some ideas to explore!
- Missing Maps with Doctors Without Borders Takes about 30-60 minutes on your own watching videos and doing the tutorials to learn how to do this, then you can map for any projects currently in their system! Can do from your own computer or even by phone with the App Mapswipe.
- Leave poetry feedback on the Free Minds Book Club blog for incarcerated youth and young adults who are participating in book and writing clubs. Watch these videos to learn more about how to comment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdWV9sHGw7U&t=17s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw_-DpcX8Y0 (this one is about hosting your own event, but it gives you an idea of what kinds of feedback to provide and how to be a virtual volunteer)
- Apply to help translate documents, if you have another language skill, with Translators Without Borders. If you don't have another language skill but want to be involved anyway, keep an eye on their additional volunteer opportunities page, on occasion they have the need for graphic designers, project managers, etc.
- Volunteer to help people who are blind or visually impaired with Be My Eyes. Note that calls can be infrequent.
- Help record audio books for books and materials created prior to 1923
- Volunteer with the Zooniverse doing scientific research online.
- If you’re really good with proofreading and editing, you can volunteer to help proofread online books with Project Gutenberg.
- Become a crisis line counselor. This is a long-term (200 hours, 4 hours/week, so basically a year) commitment, but if you’re interested in Mental Health, it would be a GREAT experience. They are especially looking for folks willing to operate the crisis lines at night, so this is a great opportunity for night owls!
- You can help transcribe documents for the Smithsonian. This usually involves looking at scans of old hand-written documents and typing them up into a more readable format. Great for history buffs!
- Help the National Park Service test their web applications
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. Offers links to many different crisis response opportunities that are updated regularly depending on current disasters or emerging crises. While not all of them are virtual, they often have needs for administrative or online work.
- The Mapping Prejudice Project aims to use research to map the current and historical impacts of racist housing and property policies. You can help by watching a training video and then get to work adding to the database.
- Search Catchafire's large database of volunteer opportunities exclusively geared toward online and virtual service! Nonprofits and organizations in need are able to post one-time or ongoing opportunities and you can search based on your time commitment, interests, and skills.
Credits: Huge thanks to all the various people and organizations who are posting resources. I pulled from a great variety here and tried to link directly whenever possible. If you see something that needs better attribution, please let me know. Here are some of the sources of this content in addition to my own contributions: The Service-Learning Higher Education List Serve; Troy University; Portland Community College; PSU Office of Academic Innovation; Iowa Campus Compact; IUPUI; Loyola; GivePulse; Community Service and Service Learning Professionals Facebook Group; and more!