Did you know you can make a difference in your community without leaving your home? That’s right – community service can, in fact, be done remotely! If you have a soul for service but limited ability or time, check out these “virtual” volunteer opportunities and follow the links to apply.
Advocacy & Human Rights Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Social Media Marketer: Rukundo International, Inc., is searching for volunteers to help them develop and execute a holiday fundraising effort for their school in Kabale, Uganda. If you have experience with marketing and SEO, and you’re a social media whiz, this might be the perfect chance to practice your skills and support underprivileged youth. Time commitment: 5-10 hours/week.
Writer Internship: The Borgen Project, which aims to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy, needs volunteers to write articles for BORGEN Magazine and The Borgen Project Blog. Volunteers must have strong research and writing skills, and experience with SEO is a plus. Time commitment: 2 articles/week, 12 weeks.
Children & Youth Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Community Outreach & Development Manager: As a non-profit tech start-up, enScholar engages high school students in discovering and discerning career paths. A volunteer opportunity is open for someone to help them power up their latest program, TryIt, which connects students with STEM learning experiences. If you have strong people skills and marketing experience, this might be for you! Time commitment: 4 hours/week or more.
Counseling Coordinator: TeenCentral.net offers resources for teens struggling with daily challenges. Volunteer opportunities are available for people to counsel teens and connect them to professional help. Basic computer skills are required. Time commitment: not listed.
Illustrator for Books: Are you an artist searching for a place to publish your work? Healaura Education Society is looking for you! HES needs skilled artists to illustrate books on a range of topics: parent/child relationships, child development, communicating with animals, and more. Time commitment: 5 hours/week.
Knit for Little Hats Big Hearts: This program, of the American Heart Association, has volunteer opportunities for people who can knit or crochet. Red hats are needed for babies born at participating hospitals in February (American Heart Month). The project raises awareness of congenital heart defects and inspires moms to raise heart-healthy babies. Time commitment: send in your hats by December 31, 2016.
Health & Medicine Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Administrative Assistant: Chromosome Disorder Outreach, Inc., needs a long-term, detail-oriented volunteer to help with responses to patients and families. The volunteer should have strong business writing skills and an “ability to read basic scientific journal abstracts.” Time commitment: 2-3 hours/week.
Social Media Expert: The Human Development Company needs social media experts to help them maximize awareness and outreach. Volunteer duties include utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to publicize HDC’s content effectively. Time commitment: 3-4 hours/week.
Veterans Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Outreach & Administrative Support: Soldiers’ Angels needs volunteers to assist with volunteer recruitment, perform administrative work, and engage the greater community. If you are good at multi-tasking, have great people skills, and can perform basic computer functions, this might be a fit for you! Time commitment: 5 hours/week.
Assistant to Webmaster: Military Working Dog Team Support Association is searching for a volunteer with experience maintaining and updating web sites. Familiarity with WordPress is preferred, but the organization is willing to train you. Time commitment: 5-10 hours/month.
The volunteer opportunities described above are just a few of the thousands available on www.volunteermatch.org. Head to their web site to search for more community service options, or check back here for more highlights.