We have compiled a list of virtual volunteering experiences to support you and your organization so that we can continue to do good together in our communities.
It’s been exciting seeing companies we work with provide numerous social impact opportunities to employees. Seeing teams and individuals get involved has been incredibly inspiring, especially during these challenging and uncertain times.
One of our favourite moments so far: we’ve seen teams spend an hour or two on Zoom to help youths navigate their careers via CareerVillage (by answering questions via a similar system to Quora). 🎉
About the Organization: Partner with your local community to get outside, social distance, and clean up your local parks.
Description of Activity: Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up local parks near where you work or live. Please remember to maintain social distancing, wear your mask and a pair of gloves while picking up any garbage you see in your way. Remember to dispose of any garbage or recycling you collect properly.
About the Organization: Partner with your local hospital or caregiving facility to show the nurses and other frontline workers around you how much you appreciate and support all the phenomenal work they do.
Description of Activity: Create virtual cards as an individual or as a team through Canva and send over your cards and notes of appreciation to your local hospital once completed.
About the Organization: CareerVillage.org's mission is to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth. We do that by crowdsourcing the answers to every question from every student about every career.
Description of Activity: Get notified when we have a question you can answer. We will let you know by email when we have a question that would be a good fit for your skills or experiences. Post answers to questions. The asker will get notified and many other students will read your advice as well.
About the Organization: Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Description of Activity: It is no problem if you have never mapped before - it doesn't take long to learn. Visit the beginner’s section to find out how. If you already know how to edit OpenStreetMap, feel free to just get started.
About the Organization: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to sustainable human development through volunteerism worldwide.
Description of Activity: Volunteers contribute directly to the work of development organizations, working from a computer, tablet, or mobile phone anywhere in the world.
About the Organization: Catch-a-fire is a community of individuals seeking to support and strengthen the social good sector. We do this by matching professionals who want to donate their time and talent with nonprofits who need those skills.
Description of Activity: Filter through volunteer opportunities based on cause area, skillset, and time commitment to find the best option for you. Choose to volunteer in ways ranging from a 1-hour phone call to a 3-month pre-scoped project.
About the Organization: Ark of Hope for Children is empowering advocates and donors to bring care and awareness to those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse, and bullying.
Description of Activity: There are many ways to help with Removing Chains; whether as a Greeter, Listener, Mentor, or Survivor's Coach in the chat rooms; or in other ways as a Greeter/Guide or managing our resource library. Your help is greatly needed!
About the Organization: Translators without Borders is a non-profit working towards a world where knowledge knows no language barriers.
Description of Activity: You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences.
About the Organization: Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.
Description of Activity: Take visual calls for blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers.
About the Organization: The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers.
Description of Activity: The main ways of volunteering with us are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we've yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.
About the Organization: Thanks to thousands of volunteer listeners stepping up to lend a friendly ear, 7 Cups is happy to say, “We’re here for you!” No matter who you are or what you’re going through, this is a place where you’ll be heard and cared for. We might be strangers on the surface, but underneath we’re just the friends you haven’t met yet.
Description of Activity: Getting started as an active listener is easy and rewarding in many ways. You’re in complete control over your displayed availability, so you can listen as often as you like.
About the Organization: Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts, and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet.
Description of Activity: Take the implicit test to provide more data to Harvard researchers fighting against stereotypes, hidden biases to progress greater diversity and inclusion.
About the Organization: Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks.Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
Description of Activity: You can help in many ways: by proofreading an eBook, or procure eligible paper books.
About the Organization: Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 100 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.
Description of Activity: As a Crisis Counselor, you’ll be working with people in crisis to help them move from a hot moment to cool and calm. Even better, you’ll be helping texters and helping yourself. Hear from some current Crisis Counselors about how joining us made their year so much better.
About the Organization: LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free.
Description of Activity: LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free.
About the Organization: The Smithsonian Transcription Center seeks to engage the public in making our collections more accessible. We're working hand-in-hand with digital volunteers to transcribe historic documents and collection records to facilitate research and excite the learning in everyone.
Description of Activity: Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
About the Organization: Help with COVID provides numerous volunteer opportunities, including online ones.
Description of Activity: Sign up to be a volunteer and participate in any of the projects in need of volunteers.
About the Organization: Foldit is a revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help.
Description of Activity: Foldit attempts to predict the structure of a protein by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins. We’re collecting data to find out if humans' pattern-recognition and puzzle-solving abilities make them more efficient than existing computer programs at pattern-folding tasks. If this turns out to be true, we can then teach human strategies to computers and fold proteins faster than ever!
About the Organization: The Field Museum fuels a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.
Description of Activity: In this project, you will learn about two closely related species of plants. For over 150 years, scientists thought these were just one species, but their uniqueness was recently confirmed by genetic evidence. These types of similar-looking-but-distinct plants are called “cryptic species.” Your mission is to help spot the differences between these two species of plants.
About the Organization: Care Buddies are pairs of people who check-in with one another. They’re cross-generational pen-pals who give one another a sense of safety, community, and purpose in this time of isolation.
Description of Activity: You’ll be paired with an isolated senior to provide social support. You can interact through phone calls, text, or video chat.
About the Organization: Here at TechserveTO, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the coronavirus crisis more manageable for those that lack adequate access to technology. We are connecting do-gooders that have a technological know-how with people seeking help.
Description of Activity: You’ll be connected to and help people who need help setting up simple tech products (like Zoom or Fitbit). The time commitment is only 2 hours a week, and you'll be able to make a meaningful impact with people who are struggling to connect virtually.
About the Organization: KEEN is committed to provide free recreational opportunities to children and young adults with disabilities by pairing them with trained volunteers for fun, non-competitive activities. KEEN seeks to develop each athlete's self-esteem and confidence, as well as recreational skills and talents, and to increase each athlete's ability to participate in a broader range of recreational activities and environments.
Description of Activity: You’ll be joining in on their Zoom activity calls.
About the Organization: TechSoup equips change makers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally.
Description of Activity: Answer tech-related questions to help the nonprofit sector better use technology to increase its impact. Share your knowledge, tech tips, and advice with hundreds of individuals.
About the Organization: Science Buddies works to inspire and educate students of all ages with hands-on STEM explorations that reflect their unique personal interests. By providing highly personalized educational experiences, they drive student discovery, engagement, and learning in STEM subjects.
Description of Activity: Participate in Ask An Expert by helping students from kindergarten to grade 12 answer questions about STEM! Volunteer experts work together to provide personalized assistance with students who have questions about any phase of their project, from coming up with an idea to analyzing data to displaying results at a science fair.
About the Organization: MicroMentor's social platform enables the world's largest community of purpose-driven entrepreneurs and business mentors to create powerful connections, solve problems, and build successful businesses together.
Description of Activity: MicroMentor matches small business owners with business mentors to share advice and learnings to help these small businesses grow. As a MicroMentor simply create a quick profile to get matched with businesses that have questions for you. Respond to these questions with your expertise whenever you have a free moment.
About the Organization: Black Girls CODE introduces computer coding lessons to young girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as Scratch or Ruby on Rails.
Description of Activity: Participate in BGC’s various virtual hackathons by volunteering as a mentor for either technical or non-technical roles. Support the girls who participate in developing skills in ideation, team-working, app development, and presentation.
About the Organization: Technovation is a global tech education nonprofit that empowers girls and families to become leaders, creators, and problem-solvers.
Description of Activity: Be a Project Judge and offer feedback on projects submitted to the Technovation and/or AI Family programs. Encourage and support participants remotely, through Technovation's online judging platform. And help families and girls refine their ideas and encourage them to keep building.
About the Organization: CodePath is preparing the next generation of underrepresented talent for careers in the tech industry.
Description of Activity: Become a tech mentor and provide students with the advice, feedback, and encouragement they need to start successful careers in tech.
While Juneteenth is only celebrated once a year, it is a great way to start the conversation and honor African-American history every day.
With February right around the corner, it’s time to start planning and focusing on celebrating Black History Month as a team! It’s important to celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace all year long, but is especially top of mind this time of year.