Virtual Volunteering

General Lists of Digital Opportunities

Points of Light Virtual Opportunities – searchable database of volunteer opportunities
Points of Light All for Good – specific resource for virtual/online volunteering
GenerationOn – Points of Light resource for virtual opportunities for families and children
Create the Good (AARP initiative) – database searchable by keyword and zip code
GivePulse – searchable database, with opportunities for group/team virtual activities

Assistance for Impaired Individuals or Those in Need

BeMyEyes.com free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.
BookShare – opportunities including scanning and proofreading or describing images to those with no or low sight, or providing support for Bookshare® teachers and families.
7 Cups – provides online therapy
Family Elder Care – Lifetime Connections without Walls – pro bono opportunities to assist the elderly

Racial Justice

Center for Racial Justice – link to form to let them know your areas of interest
Swing Left – racial justice issues and events
Black Lives Matter – sign petitions, donate
NAACP Black Voices Change Lives – text or call Black voters

Domestic

Big Brothers Big Sisters virtual mentoring
Boys & Girls Clubs online form to send encouraging notes to young students
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – calling all gamers and streamers! The National MS Society is looking for focus group volunteers to help develop a new campaign, Stream to End MS (#StreamToEndMS). The campaign will bring together online content creators, so they can do what they love while raising funds and awareness for the National MS Society. For more information, contact christina.carro@nmss.org.
Red Cross Digital Volunteers – a variety of ways individuals can provide virtual assistance
Stars of Hope – Digital Stars of HOPE provide a powerful way to show compassion and empathy by sharing uplifting messages through social media to those in need of hope-like our country’s nurses, doctors, and first responders. Here’s how:

  • 1) Print the Stars of HOPE (template on their website, where you can add your company logo starsofhopeusa.org/)
  • 2) Create your Star of HOPE using markers, crayons, pastels, chalks, etc.
  • 3) Post pictures of you and your paper Stars of HOPE on Facebook (@Starsofhope) and your own social media platforms using the tags @starsofhopeusa #CreateHope #SpreadHope #starsofhope

Make A Wish – multiple ways to help promote the Make a Wish mission virtually
Skills for Cities 2020 – unites corporate and nonprofit professionals for a day of learning, community building and skills-based volunteering. Great team opportunities.
Give to Get – at home service opportunities for employees

Environmental

Student Conservation Association – planet-friendly activities that you can do from home

International

MissingMaps.org – creating maps for disaster relief efforts. Can be done individually or as a group/team
UN Volunteering Online – multiple ways to volunteer virtually including translation, research, art/design, tech development and more

Skills-based & Pro Bono

Catch A Fire – skills based volunteering matching 
Operation Warm – helping kids in need get winter coats
PYXERA Global – skills based volunteering match, with opportunities for teams
Revere – resource for providing and integrating virtual offerings 
Taproot Foundation – skills based volunteering matching
BoardLead – virtual nonprofit board placement and training program 
Common Impact – skills based program consulting and implementation (with COVID-19 and racial justice focus available)

Educational

Translators Without Borders – virtual translators as well as project managers, website designers and fundraisers
Career Village – virtual mentoring
National After School Alliance – assist with transition to online learning, including tech support
TutorMate – virtual tutoring
LabXChange – online community for learning, sharing and collaboration
MicroMentor by MercyCorps – virtual mentoring
Learning Power app – online lesson plans geared to STEM education, from Georgia Power

Making Masks

Although frontline healthcare workers are using N95 masks, most hospital groups will still take homemade masks, which can be used by everyone in the hospital facility including visitors, patients, and non-clinical team members to help limit the spread of disease.

Various YouTube “how to” videos are available online, and many don’t require any sewing. Also consider reaching out to partner with local sports or arts groups, who may have materials or sewing ability.

Many companies are using extra/leftover Day of Service/volunteer t-shirts as material for masks.

Donating Blood/Plasma

American Red Cross is in dire need of healthy individuals to donate blood. To find a donor site near you: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

In addition, the Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 and may be able to donate plasma to help current patients with serious or immediately life- threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progressing to severe or life-threatening: https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations- from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html

Product Donations

YouGiveGoods: food banks
Amazon.com: create virtual diaper bank
Bankrate Inc. – donate credit card reward points, and other ways to give back

Miscellaneous

Reach out to local senior care and nursing homes to send them letters or cards

Random acts of kindness

3D printing of face shields and N95 masks by individuals or partner organizations

“Donate Your Commute” initiative – donate what you would have spent commuting into the office to those in need (gas, coffee, lunch)

SuitUp At Home – one day business competition, ideal for groups/teams

Clean the World – to donate towards hygiene boxes, or create a team project to pack boxes

We are working continuously to update this list.

If you have or know of an opportunity to include, please email a link and brief description of the opportunity: