There are a lot of service opportunities to take advantage of in your community and beyond. But for today's technology and online driven students, taking service online can be a great option.
Often times these are additional opportunities for students to utilize skills that might not otherwise utilize in the field. Here is our list of service opportunities students can do from home.
- Send an E-Card with a positive message or encouraging note to someone in the hospital
- Assist a blind individual with daily tasks through the app Be My Eyes
- Organize an online fundraiser for a family in need in your community
- Put your coding and technology skills to use and build a website or blog for a small nonprofit in your area
- If you're a social media guru, offer to manage social media accounts for local nonprofits. Or unleash your inner artist and offer to design graphics to help support a local nonprofit
- Tutor elementary or middle schools students online
- Do you know a foreign language? Offer to translate or teach a foreign language online
- Start an online campaign for a cause that you are passionate about
- Teach music lessons online
- Help clean up after a local natural disaster
- Write letters to seniors, service men and women, and healthcare workers
- Make meals and distribute them to homeless individuals
- Lawn care/mowing the lawn for disabled, elderly neighbor, or neighbor in need
- Donate to or assist at local food bank distributing meals to those impacted by COVID-19
- Bringing meals to grandparents or other elderly individuals at your local nursing or retirement home when allowed with appropriate social distancing
- Teach technology to elderly individuals so they can connect with family and friends in a zero contact manner
- Design an online class on a topic you are interested in and host it online
- Host a Zoom workout class in a exercise or sport you are interested in
- Create no sew blankets or toys from recycled materials and donate them to local animal shelters
- Support your family by helping out with special projects around the house
In addition to these ideas, check out these organizations that also offer online volunteering opportunities:
- Red Cross
- National Park's Service
- United Nations
- The Smithsonian
- Project Gutenberg
- Translators Without Borders
Students and schools can also reach out to local nonprofits to ask what needs they have during this time. Ask them things such as:
- Do you have virtual volunteering opportunities?
- What needs does your organization have right now that I can assist with in a virtual or in a socially distanced manner?
- How have the individuals or communities you benefit been impacted by COVID-19 and what help do they need?
No one knows the needs of nonprofits, better than the nonprofits themselves!
Whether you serve out and about in your community or online, be sure to track your service hours and write reflections on your experience in your x2VOL account.
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