Online Volunteering

Volunteering and making an impact doesn’t always mean going out into the field. There are times that you are able to help out from the safety and comfort of your own home! Below we have listed various online volunteering opportunities that you can take part in and all you need is an electronic device with internet access. If you have found any that you wish to be included, please email Christopher Scanlan.

  • Zooniverse:
    • Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn’t be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.
  • Crisis Text Line:
    • Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If you’re at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.
  • United Nations Volunteering:
    • If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.
  • Catchafire:
    • This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several, you can help not-for-profit with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.
  • Smithsonian Digital Volunteer:
    • The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.
  • Project Gutenburg:
    • Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they’ve amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work.
  • 7 Cups:
    • 7 Cups provides free, 24/7 emotional support to millions via online chat. They want to make sure nobody has to face their problems alone. Having someone like you to listen can be all it takes to make a real difference. All you need is an internet connection and to sign up for some training, and you can help provide emotional support to people!
  • Be My Eyes:
    • Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call.

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