The image of a volunteer that usually springs to mind is the person who is physically out in the community lending a hand: building a house, cleaning up a park, reading with a child.
Yet all around the globe, at any given time, thousands (if not millions) of engaged citizens volunteer virtually — using their computers, the Internet, even cell phones.
Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer anywhere, at any time? Read on.
If you've got access to a computer, thousands of different volunteer projects and roles are available to you — from your home, the library, a coffee shop, anywhere with an Internet connection. Here are just a few:
And while it's often called online or virtual volunteering, getting involved remotely doesn't have to require an Internet connection. For example, you can use a cell phone to tag photos, text locations of community features like bicycle lanes or public parks, or even check in on and stay connected in an accessible way with a young person you're mentoring.
So why might you consider this mode of getting involved?
So, ready to get started as an online or virtual volunteer? Check out our page on finding or creating your ideal volunteer opportunity for tips, tools, and suggestions. Interested in learning more about online volunteering? Consider visiting the following links: