Between work, school, family, friends, and blogging, life can seem overwhelming. When you get a few spare minutes, although you want to do good and help out; watching TV, reading, hanging out with friends or reading Little Junkies often win out over giving your few spare moments away. The solution? Virtual Volunteering. Virtual Volunteering allows you to do good and share your talents, but on your own schedule and from the comfort of your own home or office.
Often, when people think of volunteering they think of soup kitchens or being a “big brother” or “big sister” and don’t feel the experience would be beneficial for either party. But volunteering your time and energy can be so much more! There are hundreds and thousands of opportunities for people to choose from locally, and those opportunities grow exponentially when you factor in all of the volunteering that can be done virtually. These days, thanks to the internet, whatever interests and abilities you have can be matched with an organization or person that needs your help.
If virtual volunteering sounds like something you may be interested in check out the links below. Not feeling computer savvy enough to help out? Have more time to give? Want to get involved in your community? Check out other volunteering search engine match up websites below.
The AARP have a great introductory article on virtual volunteering as well as a great online resource for where to start. Check them out here to get a taste of what is needed.
Frequently asked questions as well as resources for both volunteers and organizations looking for virtual volunteers can be found at ServiceLeader.org.
VolunteerMatch.org. A comprehensive and easy to use search engine when looking for ways to donate your time. Follow the link for a recent search on Virtual Opportunities.
OnlineVolunteering.org. Pretty much says it in its name.
Kiva.org. More of a monetary donation than a donation of time, but I like to talk about this cause whenever possible. Help end poverty throughout the world, by empowering one entrepreneur at a time.
Use the search engines and websites below to find out ways to help in your community:
SponsorChange.org (Also a great way to get student loans paid for by donors in exchange for your service time.)
MotherBearProject.org. Make a bear, make a difference! (For our knitting demographic 🙂
Is there a cause that we missed or a website you’d like us to share? Post it in the comments! And be sure to let us know if you were able to find a project that was just right for you!