Technology in the 21st century has changed a lot about the way we work, play and socialize. It has also changed the way volunteer. In this increasingly digital community, volunteering in person is no longer required. Virtual volunteering, also known as online volunteering or remote volunteering, is supporting a non-profit organization from home, using a computer or just a phone. There are even opportunities for volunteering from your mobile device.
Virtual Volunteering Benefits
While people who go out and physically volunteer are always needed, virtual volunteering offers some great benefits, especially for people who are turned off by the prospect of traditional volunteering. They may struggle with anxiety, for example, or may have mobility challenges. Others may not be able to commit to a fixed schedule. Volunteering from a phone, computer or mobile device helps these individuals make a difference, and enjoy the benefits of volunteering, such as boosted self-esteem and networking.
Because virtual volunteering involves certain specialized skills, such as writing or coding, it is a great way for students and professionals to get real-world experience without interfering with their busy schedule. This virtual skills-based volunteering allows volunteers to get ahead in their career and take on new roles that their professional life may not necessarily provide.
Virtual Volunteering Opportunities
Virtual volunteering can take on many forms. Some examples of virtual opportunities include:
- Web design
- Forum or social media moderation
- Writing a newsletter, brochure or other content
- Video editing
- Graphic design
- On-call crisis hotline or chat
Volunteers today have more opportunities to help than ever. Not only can they network with nonprofits online, they can volunteer online too. By tapping into virtual volunteering, nonprofits, volunteers, and the wider community can benefit.