Volunteer—Even from Home!
If you’re a community-minded person, you may find it especially hard to stay at home right now. You may feel your schedule of volunteering efforts needs to be put on hold during COVID-19, but that’s not necessarily true. Did you know you have opportunities to help others right from the comfort of your own computer or smart phone?
Five ways to volunteer without leaving your house
During National Volunteer Week and year ‘round, you can offer your support through a variety of volunteer experiences. Depending on the services you’re able to offer, you just may be able to find a volunteer opportunity that’s a great match for you! A Google search of virtual volunteer opportunities will yield possibilities, as well as this list of five potential virtual volunteering experiences:
- Help students with their studies. Through UPchieve, you can offer your tutorial services to high school or college students. You can choose from topics you’re familiar with and set your availability. Then, UPchieve will notify you when there’s a student who needs help in your specialty. If you’re not feeling completely tutor-ready, UPchieve will even help you prepare for your role—including curriculum and advice on being a good coach.
- Offer career advice to future professionals. Ever dream of becoming a guidance counselor? Now is your chance. Through CareerVillage, you can offer your professional career advice to high school students. By reviewing your LinkedIn profile, CareerVillage sends you questions in need of answers, based on your career experience.
- Support people who need someone to talk to. During this challenging time, counselors are in high demand. Multiple opportunities exist through services such as MindRight, empowerwork, 7 Cups and Crisis Text Line, allowing you to chat with people in need of support. By donating just a few minutes of your day, you can help improve the perspective of those currently having a difficult time.
- Add to a popular online reference. Wikipedia is the source of information for online users worldwide. You can add to this body of information when you volunteer as a Wikipedia editor. You can contribute articles or improve the accuracy of current posts.
- Use your knowledge of other languages. If you’re bilingual, you can become an on-demand translator through tarjimly. Through chat, audio or video calls, you’ll be matched with a refugee or aid worker in need of your translation skills. Translators Without Borders is another opportunity to provide translation services, plus skills to help people with new jobs.
If you have time on your hands, consider becoming a volunteer!
Volunteering is a great way to give back by helping those in need. It makes the world a better, stronger place—plus it feels good to help. Celebrate National Volunteer Week by taking steps toward your next volunteer experience. You never know the change you can make until you try!
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