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Are there any virtual volunteering opportunities for teens?

I am looking to do my DofE silver award and I would like to find a virtual volunteering opportunity. Preferably I would work by #helping-others, possibly children

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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

I would recommend looking on www.catchafire.org and www.volunteermatch.org. In my personal experience, the former is good if you want to find a volunteering experience based on your technical skills you want to use to help organizations. The latter is good for finding opportunities based on the field that the non-profits operate in.

It's awesome that you're looking to give back and I hope this will help you technically, by allowing you to build experience in what you do, and for your soul, by knowing that you've helped the world more than harmed it. :)

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Melisa’s Answer

Hi Daniela,

What a great question and it's so nice that you are thinking about ways you can volunteer to help others.

As Alice shared, many opportunities for volunteering to work with children can often require a background check. But here are some helpful resources for virtual volunteering, especially right now when in person opportunities may be limited.

The Birthday Project https://www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org/
Share your birthday! Learn about ways you can share your birthday for children experiencing homelessness. Projects can include birthday card writing, bundling balloons, collecting presents for these children in need, etc.

Junior Achievement Wordwide
https://www.jaworldwide.org/
Right now, JA is engaging a lot of volunteers through virtual job shadows and student visits and events, offering you to share your experience with your peers or students younger than you.

Kids Food Basket http://kidsfoodbasket.org
Decorate paper lunch sacks for Kids Food Basket. 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. While this is for an organization to help children in MI, you can search your community for organizations providing meals or lunches to children in need and donate your decorated bags there.

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

VolunteerCrowd
http://volunteercrowd.com/
VolunteerCrowd is the first student volunteer marketplace and transcript and portfolio platform for college and career-bound students.

Best wishes in your educational and career goals!

Melisa recommends the following next steps:

Also check out helpful sites like http://greatnonprofits.org where you can search by location and key words for volunteer opportunities.
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Thank you comment icon Daniela, You are welcome! Please continue to ask great questions so we can help you in your goals. Have a great weekend. - Melisa Melisa Cameron
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alice’s Answer

Hi! In my experience, it will difficult to find any volunteering with children because they often require people to be 18 or older. Might not be exactly what you are looking for but zooniverse is a nice platform with lots of projects (of different kinds) where you can volunteer.
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Terry’s Answer

Hi Daniela

Best thing to do is Google for available opportunities. There are age requirements most organizations require. But I am quite sure you will be able to find something.

Mentoring and tutoring are big
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Daniela:

It's awesome that you want to volunteer. As others have already shared some great advice here are a few more places for your research. I hope this was helpful. Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Volunteer Match • https://www.volunteermatch.org/virtual-volunteering
Points of Light • https://www.pointsoflight.org/what-we-do/
Taproot • https://www.taprootplus.org/
Zooniverse • https://www.zooniverse.org/
UN Volunteers • https://www.unv.org/
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much, I'll have a look at some of those! Daniela
Thank you comment icon Hi Daniela: I'm glad I was able to provide advice on your question. Thank you for "acknowledging" my comments. It is greatly appreciated. Remember to bookmark sites that you visit of interest. Take care. Sheila Jordan
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