As the quarantine days of the pandemic come to a close, it is easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of our “new normal” while working from home. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers, students, and businesses have made the switch to online learning or virtual work – and loved it. In fact, many find that working and learning are much more beneficial and efficient while working virtually. But, did you know you can also volunteer virtually? If you are looking to fill in your free or downtime with a meaningful purpose, volunteering virtually can give you opportunities to extend your reach to other communities, causes, organizations, or individuals whom you might not have been able to do otherwise in person. Volunteering online also allows you to donate your time and effort to things that matter while ensuring transportation or time limits are a thing of the past. It’s time to make a difference to the causes and organizations that matter most to you, on your own time! 

Consider your passions and skills and pick a cause that is right for you – the world is literally at your fingertips. This list is in no way exhaustive – there are countless online volunteering opportunities available every day – but if you are ready to kickstart your online activism journey, here are a 6 ways you start volunteering online for causes that matter to you: 

  1. Hire A Hero: Use your downtime to help veterans and military spouses excel in their careers through this unique volunteering opportunity. This organization allows you to conduct mock interviews or offer career counseling to those who have served our country. 
  2. Be My Eyes: Similar to Hire A Hero, this opportunity connects you with blind or low-sighted individuals who require assistance with everyday questions, tasks or verifications. This volunteering opportunity connects you to users through an app, via a live video call. 
  3. Translators Without Borders: Are you bilingual? Looking to put your language education to use? Hoping to help others through the power of language? This non-profit connects volunteers with translation opportunities for important medical or crisis texts.
  4. Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Helping preserve history – right from your own home. This volunteer opportunity connects you with the Smithsonian Institute to transcribe labels, diaries, photo albums, and more for accessibility. 

5 And 6. Catch A Fire or Volunteer Match: Still haven’t found the right volunteering opportunity for you? These search engines connect volunteers, organizations, projects, and non-profits with opportunities in need of fulfillment. You can find projects or tasks that fit your career or personal life skills and can range from a few hours to a few weeks. Filter the opportunities and find the one that moves you!

Online volunteering gives new meaning to our downtime. If you are looking to make a difference, get started today with these opportunities and more. Share your experiences or connect with other organizations on So Act and inspire others to do the same. Your small acts make a BIG change. 

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