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Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated March 17, 2022

There are so many great reasons to volunteer! Volunteering can allow you to make a difference in your community, earn required community service hours for school, and become a part of something bigger than yourself. While many organizations are once again allowing in-person volunteers to help out, there are still great ways to give back virtually. Here are 6 great virtual volunteer opportunities!

Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer

Since 2013, virtual “volunpeers” have been reviewing and transcribing documents for the Smithsonian Institution’s digital library - making historical documents more accessible for all. Documents include field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, photo albums, biodiversity specimen labels, historic audio recordings and so much more.

Join an online citizen science project at Zooniverse

Millions of registered volunteers are participating in real science research, right now, through Zooniverse. Research projects cover a huge range of topics from history and art to medicine and nature.

Provide visual assistance for blind and low-vision people on Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an app available to blind or low-vision people, helping them lead more independent lives. As a volunteer, you would be connected to a blind or low-vision person through the app’s video system, helping them with tasks big and small such as distinguishing colors, reading instructions, navigating a new area, and more.

Use your skills to volunteer with the United Nations

In response to COVID-19, the United Nations has asked their entities and other partners to share online volunteer opportunities. Click “Filters” at the top of the page, select online opportunities, and start your search.

Provide nutritious food and a friendly face through Meals on Wheels

Just got your license? Excited to drive but not sure where to go? Connect with your local Meals on Wheels to deliver a nutritious meal to (and companionship!) to homebound seniors and extremely ill members of your neighborhood, helping them stay independent and healthy.

Build or repair homes with your local Habitat for Humanity

By volunteering with Habitat for Humanity you will be part of improving your neighborhood and community! Ways to volunteer vary by region - search for available projects near you on their website.

Still looking for more ways to give back? Check out VolunteerMatch - this platform connects you to volunteer opportunities and nonprofit organizations based on your skills, interests, and location. If you're looking for other extracurriculars you can do from home or virtually, here are 10 Activities to Boost Your College Application!

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