It’s National Volunteer Week, yet many of us are confined to our own homes honoring the shelter in place orders. We are watching the front-line workers devoting hours to feeding people, delivering goods, saving lives, and possibly risking their own.
This leaves many of us wondering—how can I help?
Luckily with technology and some good will, you can be a virtual volunteer!
Virtual volunteering is a convenient way to donate your time and efforts to a good cause from any location.
If you want to lend a hand to a good cause without ever stepping foot outside the house, consider these 3 volunteer from home ideas.
3 Virtual Volunteer Ideas You Can Do From Home:
1. Virtual Volunteer at Volunteer Match
Right now Volunteer Match is in need of over 670,000 virtual volunteers! Choose from graphic design, social media support, to college prep tutoring, assisting with COVID-19 Homeless Health Education, and so much more. There are at-home volunteer opportunities for all personalities, skills, passions, and schedules.
Some cause areas include:
- Health and medicine
- Children and youth
- Community building
- …and hundreds more!
Learn more at Volunteer Match
2. Become a Red Cross Digital Volunteer
From home, you can help the American Red Cross connect faster with people who need their services.
American Red Cross Digital Volunteers work with the nonprofit’s Social Engagement team by:
- Monitoring online conversations for disaster-affected people who may need Red Cross help
- Sharing important disaster updates and resources through their personal social media accounts
- Offering a compassionate voice to people who have been impacted
As a virtual volunteer, you’ll work in 4-hour shifts, reporting directly to your local American Red Cross chapter. Find out more at the American Red Cross or watch this video to get inspired!
3. Shop to Give
Turn your online shopping into charitable giving. It’s so easy to give to your favorite nonprofit by shopping with Giving Assistant. Earn cash back (that’s free money, just for shopping) from over 3,000 brands. Just sign up for free, select your nonprofit, and opt-in to donate 1-100% of your cash back. Shop with the browser extension installed to be alerted when you’re on a donation-eligible shopping site. Your cash back is then automatically applied.
While you are shopping, why not consider fulfilling some wish list items for your favorite nonprofit. With statewide stay-at-home orders across the country, thousands of nonprofits are unable to get the supplies they need, either because they can’t go out and purchase them on-location, volunteers cannot come out and deliver them, or because the nonprofits themselves are being forced to make budget cuts, making it hard for them to afford to shop online and ship much-needed supplies.
You can buy supplies for nonprofits and have them shipped directly where they’re needed. (An unconventional “volunteer” activity, but still a critical need.)
Start by perusing the websites of your local nonprofits. Many of them—such as women’s shelters, homeless shelters, food pantries, animal shelters, others—will have a wishlist on their Donations page. (If they don’t, just reach out to the nonprofit directly on their contacts page to see what it is that you could purchase for them.) Or learn more about these nonprofits who are supporting COVID-19 Relief efforts.
Shop to Give with Giving Assistant today and every day!