Feel Good By Doing Good As A Virtual Volunteer: Volunteering doesn’t only do good, it feels good. Altruistic behavior makes people feel better about themselves. With the current coronavirus pandemic keeping most of the population in lockdown, people are considering opportunities to help others from home. Virtual volunteering is also convenient for individuals with mobility or transportation issues. In this way, everyone can get to reap the benefits of volunteering, which include stress reduction, gaining a sense of purpose, being connected with your community, and being mentally stimulated.
Some virtual volunteering opportunities include:
1. Suicide Prevention Hotlines
Most local suicide prevention hotlines will route calls to volunteer’s homes. Find yours by searching online by your zip code. Not only will you feel good about the work you are doing, you could save someone’s life.
2. Crisis Text Line
After training, you can become a remote crisis counselor and help young people by listening and helping them work through their problems. You will need a computer and internet connection.
3. Strive for College
Help students get financial aid and attend four-year colleges. You must pay a $40 fee for training and a background check before being listed on Strive’s website.
4. The United Nations
The United Nations sometimes needs online volunteers with a wide range of skills.
CareerVillage needs current or former professionals in all fields to counsel young people about career choices.
6. Phone Companions
Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly needs phone companions for isolated older adults.
7. Become a Social Media Manager for Your Favorite Charity
If you’re a social person, call your favorite local charity and ask if they need someone to post information on their social media accounts and answer questions from visitors to the sites.
8. Become a translator
If you’re fluent in another language spoken frequently in your community, offer your services as a phone or email translator to a senior organization or social service agency.