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what are some volunteering opportunities that I can do in my town?

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John’s Answer

Mariah volunteering online lets you donate your virtual time to a cause space that matters, which means you can make a difference even if you can’t go physically volunteer somewhere. Volunteering is a highly beneficial and rewarding way to employ your time. Not only can you contribute to important causes that could inevitably bring about substantial change, but you can also grow as an individual, attain valuable work experience and develop vital skills that can further your career.

UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERS • https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.

CATCHFIRE • https://www.catchafire.org
This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help not-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.

SMITHSONIAN DIGITAL VOLUNTEERS • https://www.si.edu/volunteer/DigitalVolunteers
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.

VOLUNTEERMATCH • https://www.volunteermatch.org
VolunteerMatch helps non-profits connect with qualified volunteers, offering them recruitment solutions for their projects. Although they don’t exclusively offer online opportunities, they have a pretty broad section for people who want to volunteer from home. You can find opportunities across a variety of sectors including arts and culture, computers and technology, advocacy and human rights, and health and medicine. Simply select a cause that interests you and then filter the results to find available virtual opportunities.

CRISIS TEXT LINE • https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer
Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If your at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.

Hope this was Helpful Mariah

thank you for the advice! Mariah M.

Your Welcome Mariah. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. John Frick

This was a great list! Thank you for ensuring that our generation is equipped with all the knowledge we need to propel civilization forward! It always starts with one person! Aun M.

Thank You for your continued support Aun. If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life. John Frick

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LISA’s Answer

Mariah, before the pandemic started, I volunteered a lot with my daughter. Mostly, we would volunteer at the local food bank to help sort food donations, but we also did a lot of other things. We volunteered at fundraisers, local sporting events, homeless shelters, and city-sponsored events. I know a lot of these things aren't happening right now, so use the resources that John suggested and see what you can find to do virtually. Elections are coming up in November, so see if there might be something you could do to help out at a polling station. If you like animals, you could also check with local animal shelters.

Thank you for the advice! What are some polling station jobs teenagers can do? Mariah M.

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Alese’s Answer

Hi Mariah, first off congrats on wanting to help and create change within your community! My recommendation would be to create a list of causes that speak to you. After that use keywords to find organizations on the web, facebook, etc that align with those causes. Even with current times where virtual events are prominent, the world doesn't stop running so there will be something out there for you. Hopefully that helps!

thank you for the advice! Mariah M.

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Kent Taylor’s Answer

I would suggest looking at the Red Cross.

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Thank you for the advice! Mariah M.