Where passion meets purpose...online!
When you think about volunteering, you probably think about a typical team or group of friends walking dogs, revitalizing a park or working with children. Yet all around you, at any time, from any location, engaged citizens are VIRTUALLY VOLUNTEERING using their computers, their iPads, and even their phones.
What does it mean to virtually volunteer?
It means that you volunteer online! It means you don’t have to leave your house (or your couch!) or change your schedule to serve for a cause you are passionate about. You don’t need to be in the same town, state or even country as the organization that you would like to support. It’s one of our most innovative and revolutionary ideas yet!
How does it work?
Well, virtual volunteers can support short- or long-term tasks, in a variety of ways, off site from the host organization. You don’t need to be in the office of a non-profit to make a positive impact! Many projects simply require you to click a link to get started. To note: some might require training (always online), but most can easily take advantage of the skills you already have.
Ok, ok, but why would I want to do this? Because employers LOVE to see that you are still thinking about your career while you’re searching. With a little digging, there are many options that can both fit, and enhance, your skills, talent, and interest, providing a real life experience to expand your network and resume. Also, think about it - virtual volunteering can show that you’ve got great communication skills (since most of the work is over email), you can manage your time and you can balance different technology modalities, not to mention that you are self-motivated. It’s a win-win! (Want to learn even more? Check out the NACE website for all of the ways that volunteering prepares you for the world of work here: NACE career readiness)
Ready to get started?
All you need is a good attitude, a willingness to share your talents, a small amount of free time and access to a device with the internet. If you have these things, there are many diverse service projects available for you!
Below, we’ve compiled a robust list of virtual opportunities organized by location. Just click the link! We want to remind you that we are not encouraging face-to-face direct service opportunities at this time. Your health and safety are our top priority!
NOTE: The Center for Career and Civic Engagement is available to students and alumni via virtual appointments (i.e. Zoom, phone, email, Google Hangouts) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you have questions or if you would like to schedule a virtual appointment, please email email@example.com.