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How can I find virtual volunteer opportunities?

I will be applying to colleges as a transfer students but I don't have much volunteer experience and with everything happening right now, opportunities are hard to find #volunteer #college

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John’s Answer

Hi Frieda,

Virtual volunteering is a great way to build your skills and strengthen your résumé. One of the biggest benefits of virtual volunteering is its flexibility, all you need is a computer, phones or any other mobile device. Once you have a good feel for what it is you can offer check out this website below.

https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/virtual

If you don’t have an organization already in mind, there are plenty of volunteer matching sites with national and global opportunities.

The way your talents translate virtually may surprise you Frieda
Thank you comment icon Great minds think a like Adriana. John Frick
Thank you comment icon I'm looking for opportunities for the scouts in my troop and this will help provide opportunities for them. Thanks for sharing! Autumn Herod, IIBA-AAC
Thank you comment icon Thank You Autumn for generously giving your time and dedication to your troop. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” — William Shakespeare John Frick
Thank you comment icon Great answer, John! Katherine Boyle
Thank you comment icon Thank you Katherine for helping us make a difference, thank you s for volunteering. John Frick
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Adriana’s Answer

VolunteerMatch.org is the #1 volunteer/engagement network. You can find information, volunteer stories, and hundreds of virtual volunteer opportunities to support communities that are meaningful to you!
Thank you comment icon Thank you! I appreciate this answer so I can pass this information along. Amy Green
Thank you comment icon I'm looking for opportunities for the scouts in my troop and this will help provide opportunities for them. Thanks for sharing! Autumn Herod, IIBA-AAC
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Richard’s Answer

Start with volunteer match
https://www.volunteermatch.org/

Richard "time-share" Wolf
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Riley’s Answer

I'm not sure if this is something that you would be interested in, but you can actually earn community service hours by answering questions on this website! For every 3 questions that you answer here, you earn 1 hour of service. I'm actually really glad that I found this website because it is a great way to help others and be productive while we are stuck home during this pandemic.
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Anoosheh (Anna)’s Answer

https://www.pointsoflight.org/all-for-good/
Try this
Thank you comment icon I'm looking for opportunities for the scouts in my troop and this will help provide opportunities for them. Thanks for sharing! Autumn Herod, IIBA-AAC
Thank you comment icon My pleasure. Anoosheh (Anna) Wali (MBA, BS)
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Madison T.’s Answer

Hi Frieda!

I already see lots of great suggestions for online resources. Definitely an option!

I'd also recommend looking locally - is there an organization that aligns with your interests in your own community? Chances are they're needing someone - particularly at this time - for all sorts of remote tasks. Contact them through social media or through their websites, letting them know your experiences and your skills and offering your contact information.

These smaller organizations are getting overlooked in a lot of ways right now, so it's definitely worth touching base with them. I bet they'd love to snap you right up for some support!

Good luck and take care -
Madison
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Kim’s Answer

Frieda,

I don't know what your major is, or if this is something you may be interested in, but there are crisis support programs that are done by text. They will give you a 30-hour training program. Right now, more than ever, there are a lot of people in need of emotional support. See this link for more info: https://www.crisistextline.org/

Thank you comment icon Thank you, Kim, for your reply to Frieda! You inspired me to fill out the application and hope that I can be of service to those in need. Much appreciated! Angela D. Blaver (Suissa), Ph.D. BACKER
Thank you comment icon That is great Angela! Thank you! Kim Igleheart
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Xavier’s Answer

Verizon.com/volunteer. There are so many options to choose from!
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Vivian’s Answer

There are many virtual volunteer opportunities during this time of social distancing. Here are a few:

Upchieve: https://upchieve.org/volunteer/
Upchieve is an option where you can tutor high school students in Math (algebra, geometry, etc.) and college prep.

Good Neighbors: https://www.nesterlygoodneighbors.com/frequently-asked-questions/
Provide phone calls, write letters, to those at-risk members of your community (do not need to be based in Boston to sign up).
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Angela D.’s Answer

Hey there! Another website is United Nations Volunteering at https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en Check out Goodwill (https://www.goodwill.org/blog/volunteer/build-your-career-by-volunteering-online/). Yet another is DoSomething that lists several opportunities, some of which are already listed in earlier responses (https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact). Operation Warm is also another resource (https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/25-volunteer-jobs-to-do-from-home/). Wishing you the best in your endeavors, Dr. B

Angela D. recommends the following next steps:

United Nations Volunteering - https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
Goodwill - https://www.goodwill.org/blog/volunteer/build-your-career-by-volunteering-online/
DoSomething - https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact
Operation Warm - https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/25-volunteer-jobs-to-do-from-home/
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Simeon’s Answer

You can find some online volunteer opportunities here: https://www.dosomething.org/us/articles/9-places-to-volunteer-online-and-make-a-real-impact
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Britni’s Answer

I'm currently a volunteer for the Crisis Text Line and I love it. You have to commit to 200 hours (after training) and it can be mentally exhausting sometimes, but I'd say it is rewarding because you are making yourself available for those in need!
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Dexter’s Answer

Hello,

Over the past week, I had great volunteering opportunities with non profits that I found through http://catchafire.org . I love that on this website, it clearly spells out what type of help you are expected to provide. I signed up for a 1 hour phone call and a short (few weeks) project. And thing are running smoothly so far. Oh, and I really like how the website provides a dashboard where I can see how much money I have saved the non profits. :)

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Dexter
Thank you comment icon I came here to also suggest Catchafire, though I haven't had much success so far, the setup and application process is nice. I appreciate the "Hey, you've never done this? You can still give it a try!" Morgan ☁ Lucas
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Aaron’s Answer

Zooniverse.org offers a unique way to volunteer your time as a virtual research assistant. It's also a very convenient way to pick up volunteer hours as time permits.
Thank you comment icon I'm looking for opportunities for the scouts in my troop and this will help provide opportunities for them. Thanks for sharing! Autumn Herod, IIBA-AAC
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Michelle’s Answer

Hi Frieda,

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and I admire your interest.
Here is a website that I found that would help you in the Alamo area.
https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/orgs.jsp?r=10.0&l=Alamo%2C+CA+94507%2C+USA&o=update&s=131
I would recommend to review each opportunity and see what would be a great fit.
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