The Internet has made volunteering opportunities more accessible than ever before. If you’ve considered giving back but weren’t sure how to fit it into your schedule, here are four organizations that can help you find the right opportunity.
Points of Light Engage helps you pair your skill set and interests with local, virtual, and even self-directed volunteering opportunities. Its search feature allows you to specify if you want “Virtual Opportunities.” The database covers both prominent nonprofits and local grassroots organizations, giving them equal time and visibility.
VolunteerMatch is another database of both local and virtual opportunities, with focused filtering options to help create better volunteering matches for your particular skills and interests. VolunteerMatch offers training for nonprofits looking to create local projects, which can also be posted to the website.
World Pediatric Project allows users to send messages of hope and healing to hospitalized children all around the world. E cards makes this process completely virtual. You never know what words of encouragement can do for a child’s hope.
The United Nations Volunteers program lists numerous volunteer opportunities based on skills and experience—from translation and writing to governance and human rights. Commitments vary widely, anywhere from one to 20 hours a week. Go to https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en for opportunities.
While donations may help keep your favorite nonprofits’ lights on and phones ringing, the time of
volunteers is still worth its weight in gold. With online opportunities, it’s never been easier to assist!
Sources: Ad Council, NonProfit PRO