You Can Help During the Coronavirus Crisis with These Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
All you need is an Internet connection.
If the implications of the novel coronavirus outbreak have you feeling out of sorts, you’re not alone. This nagging sense of uncertainty has many people looking for ways to help those in need—an urge complicated by social isolation and stay-at-home orders. Fortunately, Americans are anything if not resourceful.
Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service founded by former president George H.W. Bush, has come up with a way for people to help others from the comfort of home.
As Good Morning America reports, the organization has launched a new online clearinghouse for volunteering opportunities across the country. These include the “Crisis Text Line,” which offers text-based counseling to help with coronavirus-related stress, Be My Eyes, a free mobile app that connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers through a live video call, and so much more.
“Virtual volunteers can complete short-term or long-term tasks, in whole or in part, typically off-site from the organization or person being assisted,” the organization’s website explains. “If you’ve got access to a computer, thousands of different volunteer projects and roles are available to you—from your home, the library, a coffee shop, anywhere with an Internet connection.”
For more virtual volunteer opportunities, visit AllforGood.org, Points of Light’s database of thousands of volunteer opportunities, many of which can be completed remotely.
Every little bit helps!