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Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated September 14, 2022

There are so many great reasons to volunteer! Volunteering allows you to give back to others, earn required community service hours for school, add experience to your resume, and make new connections. There are lots of great volunteer opportunities out there - and many of them can be done from the comfort of your own home! Here are 6 great virtual volunteer opportunities you can get involved with.

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“volunpeers” have been reviewing and transcribing documents for the Smithsonian Institution’s digital library - making historical documents more accessible for all.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 medicine to art 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 to help them lead more independent lives. As a volunteer, you'll 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

If you have your license, you can connect with your local Meals on Wheels site to deliver nutritious meals 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 can be part of improving your community! Ways to volunteer can vary by region. Search for available projects near you on their website.

Still looking for more ways to give back? Check out VolunteerMatch - a free platform that 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, check out our list of 10 activities to boost your college application!

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