New times call for new ways of service. in SLCE, we're working to continue to connect students with shifting community needs so our neighbors can get the help they most need in this unprecedented time of social distancing. Check back often, as we will continue to update this list, or submit new community needs or ideas for service below.
Virtual volunteerism refers to volunteer activities completed, in whole or in part, using the Internet and home, school, work or other Internet-connected devices. Virtual volunteering is also known as online volunteering, remote volunteering, or e-volunteering.
Many people find that becoming a virtual volunteer is more convenient, less expensive and time intensive, than compared to traditional physical volunteering. While there will always be physical volunteering, the shift towards online platforms has made virtual volunteering positions increasingly widespread and accessible.
In fact, in times of social disruption, such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic, working and volunteering remotely has become essential to keeping the economy, and especially non-profits, running. Due to the rise in teleworking tools such as Zoom, Skype, WebEx etc., it has never been easier, or more rewarding, to become a virtual volunteer!
Once you have a list of ideas and organizations, the next thing is to research the non-profit or organization you would like to work with. Here are a few tips when exploring virtual volunteering opportunities:
Additionally, Steps, Student Training & Education in Public Service has developed a step by step guide of how to navigate the virtual world of volunteer opportunities. Be sure to check out these steps to consider before choosing an opportunity that is right for you.
To find opportunities, use established databases and well-known charities.
To help students, we have compiled a collection of virtual volunteering opportunities – this resource includes non-profits, search engines, news articles, research papers, videos and software links.