CSR Trend Alert: Digital Volunteering
We’re all dealing with a lot right now between everyday stress, a global pandemic, social unrest and the Great Resignation. Focusing on all the instability can be unproductive; why not channel your concern into an esteemable project?
Many people are embracing digital volunteerism as a way to brighten their worldview and enrich the global community. In fact, it has blossomed into a full blown movement in the last two years! Sharing your time and skills online is a socially-distanced and flexible way to contribute to causes that matter to you.
If you need a little inspiration, we came up with 10 creative ways to volunteer digitally.
Are you a pro at interviewing, or do you pride yourself on writing great resumes? Help veterans boost their career opportunity through mock interviews, general career counseling, or digital application troubleshooting. Each volunteer meeting is conducted via phone or video.
Be My Eyes | Visual Assistance Video Calls Use your eyes to make someone’s day easier! The Be My Eyes app connects visually impaired individuals with sighted volunteers through live video calls. During the call, volunteers will be asked to help with everything from reading a food label to distinguishing between colors in a load of laundry.
Empower Work | Text-Based Workplace Counseling
Do you love giving work advice? Then Empower Work could be an incredible volunteer opportunity for you! With this program, you’ll receive text messages from individuals that are struggling at work. It is your responsibility to provide proactive, helpful advice. Note: In order to become a peer counselor, you'll need to complete 20 hours of interactive digital training.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers | Digital Transcription
Consider yourself a history buff? Volunteer for the Smithsonian Institute. Digital volunteers help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible by transcribing and reviewing various field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, and biodiversity specimen labels.
This telephone activities program provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others; LCWW offers educational sessions, game nights, support groups, and friendly conversations, all over the phone. The organization relies on volunteers to increase their class offerings. Got an idea for a class? Drop them a note.
Support LGBTQ youth who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide by volunteering to respond to chat messages as a crisis counselor for The Trevor Project. You'll need to complete a 40-hour online training and serve one three-hour shift per week for at least a year.
Exactly like it sounds, this organization connects multilingual individuals with humanitarian and nonprofit agencies in need of language and translation support. If you're fluent in a second language, you can volunteer remotely to translate medical texts or crisis response documents.
If reading is your passion, then sign up for StoriiTime, a service that connects children with seniors for virtual story hours. You can sign up as a reader (you must be over 50), a parent who would like their child read to (kids must be ages 13 and under), or a care provider looking to get their residents involved.
This platform allows non-profit and socially-good organizations to connect with creative and technical volunteers. From graphic design, video services and even network security Project 501 is a great hub for finding tech savvy volunteers
This ebook library makes reading easier for people with barriers such as dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, and physical disabilities; titles are available with karaoke-style highlighting, braille, and large font. As a virtual volunteer, you'll upload books to the Bookshare collection using a scanner, or proofread previously scanned files from other volunteers and format them properly.
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