Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Last updated June 29, 2021
There are so many reasons to volunteer! Making a difference in your community, earning required community service hours for school, becoming part of something bigger than yourself - these are all important (and awesome) reasons to give back. Although the pandemic may have changed the way you were volunteering, there are still so many ways to stay active either virtually or while maintaining a safe distance. Here are six great opportunities to check out today!
1. 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“volunpeers” have been reviewing and transcribing documents for the Smithsonian Institution’s digital library - making historical documents more accessible for all.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.
2. Join an online citizen science project at Zooniverse
Millions of registered volunteers are participating in real science research, right now, through Zooniverse. Projects will walk you through training, important information, and answer your questions before you get started. Think you’re not a scientist - think again! Research projects cover a huge range of topics from history and art to medicine and nature.
3. 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 so much more!
4. 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. Organized by skill, these opportunities are open worldwide and range from art and design projects to event organization. These opportunities are a great way to not only give back, but to also refine your skills and knowledge.
5. Provide nutritious food, and a friendly face, through Meals on Wheels
Just got your license? Excited to drive but have nowhere 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. Volunteers have strict COVID-19 protocol they must follow to keep both themselves and their recipients safe.
6. 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, but often include building or repairing homes for families. If you’re not interested in getting your hands dirty, many local Habitat ReStores need volunteers as well!
Still looking for more ideas? Check out VolunteerMatch - where you can get connected to volunteer opportunities and nonprofit organizations based on your skills, interests, and local community. If you're looking for other extracurriculars you can do from home or virtually, here are 10 Activities to Boost Your College Application!