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How can a high school student volunteer remotely amid the pandemic?

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I'm a energetic high school student who wishes to help out. I have experience with vex robotics, math and other things.
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Devin’s Answer

Hi Gilbert,

There are a number of organizations offering virtual volunteering opportunities. To name a few: Catchafire, VolunteerMatch, All for Good, UN Volunteers, and Taproot provide you with a number of volunteer options based on your skill set, interests, or location. These are some of the largest volunteer databases online so you'll be sure to find something and find the way you can give back!

Hope this helps!

Devin recommends the following next steps:

Check out one of the organizations listed above
Choose the project best fit for you
Start volunteering!

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John’s Answer

Hi Gilbert M,

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you Gilbert. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, or be lead to your career. You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit for you.

Here are some tips to get you stated:

√ Volunteer at your school as a tutor.
√ Visit a Senior Center.
√ Volunteer making or delivery food
√ Coach a local youth team.
√ Volunteer at your church.
√ Serve on a Community Board.
√ Become a Docent.
√ Volunteer at a Hospital.

Hope this Helps Gilbert

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Ari’s Answer

I would use websites like Freerice, Beans!Beans!Beans! and Ecosia to help repair the world. These websites donate food and trees and all you have to do is answer questions and search the internet!

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Savannah’s Answer

Hi! Right now for National Honor Society, I have this and you can help about of people. You can go on a social media and make someone day and say nice thing to people randomly. There isn't much you can do but there is alot to make someone's day brighter. You can make cards and bring it to the Hospital or Police department and just show that you appreciate them, I have to do that for JROTC. Hopes this helps!

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Aicha’s Answer

Hi Gilbert! There are some organizations that have ways for people to volunteer online. For example, I live in Atlanta and there is an organization called Hands On Atlanta and they have ways you can volunteer from home like purchasing a bracelet kit online to make for soldiers. However, they were not just regular bracelets because they could undue it and it becomes a rope for any type of needs. Also, anyone can do this but this website that you are on now is also a way for you to volunteer from home. You can go around and answer questions that you can answer. You may have to just switch your profile to volunteer. You can press the help button at the bottom and there should be a chat box that comes up so you may be able to ask questions if you get stuck. Also, just start researching things online like ways to volunteer online!
Hope this helps !

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Darin’s Answer

I'd recommend searching online for virtual volunteer opportunities. I know it's not virtual but I have also been recommending people to look into local food banks. They need a lot of help with sorting and distribution during these crazy times we are experiencing. And a lot of food banks are doing contactless drive thru food distribution

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Matthew’s Answer

If you have an interest in math, you can volunteer to help low-income students by remotely tutoring them in a math subject they are struggling in here: https://upchieve.org/

If you would like to try a potential new hobby and make paracord bracelets or write letters to veterans, you can do so here: https://www.operationgratitude.com

If you would like to volunteer as a digital Red Cross member and look for at-risk people using social media in shifts of ~4 hours, you can do so here: https://redcrosschat.org/digitalvolunteer/

There is also a comprehensive list of volunteering ideas here: https://www.pointsoflight.org/blog/at-home-service-project-ideas-for-kids-and-teens/


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John’s Answer

Write to any organization for which you want to volunteer. Explain specifically why you admire that organization and why you want to volunteer for it. Then ask what opportunities they might have.

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Gilbert:

Thank you for your question. May I suggest researching Volunteer Match Virtual Opportunities. Here's the link to the site. https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering

Best of luck!

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer Match Virtual Opportunities: https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering
Check your local newspaper
Check your local community/city website

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Riley’s Answer

On career village you can actually earn community service hours as a volunteer. If you register as a professional (based on what kind of education and skills you might have), you can earn 1 hour of service for every 3 questions that you answer. It's a great way to help others pursue their goals without having to leave your home.

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Rodolfo’s Answer

Instead of thinking how to help others, just focus on how you can help at home, how to be a better son or sibling to your family because tomorrow is not guaranteed to come.

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Alex’s Answer

Try Taproot to start, but I also recommend asking your local non-profits. https://www.taprootplus.org/ You may also find paid work on sites like Upwork. That’s where I found my start.

Alex recommends the following next steps:

Try Taproot

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Sandra’s Answer

Hello Gilbert, this is a great question! I would encourage you to reach out to your school for opportunities in your community. They are typically a wonderful resource. I see you live in Canada. I searched online and it looks like "Volunteer Canada" is offering a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities. There are many from which to choose. As you research what's out there, I bet you find an opportunity that is meaningful to you. Volunteering is such a great way to discover our own passions in life.

I hope you find this helpful & good luck as you look for an opportunity that fits you Gilbert!

Sincerely,
Sandi

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Adele’s Answer

Hi, so nice of you to want to help. Maybe you could organize a food drive or mask making effort in your neighborhood or with classmates. Since you are probably very social media skilled and could send out request for donations to be picked up or delivered to your doorstep then you make arrangements with a local food pantry to receiver the donations. You could try to calculate about how much is necessary to serve your local population and maybe can help more then one place. You could also put out request for mask makers, many of the lower income and native reservations have none. If your could organize a group to sew the mask after maybe getting a group to request donations of supplies and then ship to needy areas. What a great way to help. It may not be as challenging as you want but is a great need. To use your skills why not check with the local school system about virtual tutoring. There a probably a lot of children who would benefit from some one on one virtual time to improve their skills. Take care and good luck

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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Gilbert,

It’s so great to see you have interest in volunteering online to help others. In addition to great organizations, like CareerVillage, here are a few other virtual or remote volunteer opportunities to consider.

Zooniverse https://www.zooniverse.org/
You can volunteer to help with cutting edge research and projects in fields across the sciences, humanities and many more. Zooniverse creates opportunities for you to help contribute to real projects and discoveries.

Kids Food Basket http://kidsfoodbasket.org
Decorate paper lunch sacks for Kids Food Basket, from home. You can order your own brown or white paper lunch sacks and decorating them with pictures and words of encouragement for children facing hunger issues in Western MI.

Operation Gratitude
Visit this link https://www.operationgratitude.com/virtual-volunteerism/ and learn more about writing cards of gratitude or making items, like paracord bracelets from home, and mail your completed items to Operation Gratitude.

St Jude Kids
Send a virtual card to encourage pediatric patients undergoing cancer and other life threatening diseases. Visit this link to send a card online https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/online-card-message-patients.html

Cards and blankets for cancer patients http://philsfriends.org
Visit the link below, for the card making guide and templates you can print and color from home. Once completed, you can mail back to Phil’s Friends, Phil’s Friends | 1350 Lake Street Suite I | Roselle, IL 60172 (or drop them off if you live near Roselle, IL or Crown Point, IN). You can also purchase your own no sew fleece blankets to make and donate those completed tied blankets to Phil’s Friends as well. Blankets and cards are sent to individuals facing cancer, across the U.S. Learn more at https://philsfriends.org/cards-of-hope/

Best wishes to you in all of your volunteering, career and educational goals.

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

VolunteerCrowd. Also, check out VolunteerCrowd a student volunteer marketplace and transcript and portfolio platform for college and career-bound students. http://volunteercrowd.com/
Great Non-Profits. You can also learn more about non-profits near you and see read about other volunteers’ experiences on http://greatnonprofits.org
And you can search by key words or location at http://volunteermatch.org

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