Additional Volunteer Opportunities
- United Nations Volunteers
If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to
start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need
of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are already over 12,000 volunteers
from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.
This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one
has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you
have an afternoon or several, you can help not-for-profit with tasks like writing
thank you letters or editing photos.
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more
accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia
articles related to their artifacts and research.
- Amnesty Decoders
Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights
violations. Volunteers have used their phones and computers to verify the location
of oil spills, find evidence of drone strikes, and flag abusive tweets to women politicians
- Translators Without Borders
For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines
language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million
words a year!) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health
- Crisis Text Line
Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to
help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis.
If you’re at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can
apply to be trained for free.
Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn’t be possible
(or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time
as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing
- Project Gutenberg
Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it
all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they’ve amassed
59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work.
DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer
online through one of our campaigns to help solve real-world problems. DoSomething members have used the internet to
successfully urge Apple to diversify their emojis, change the dictionary definition of “Black/black”, and create the largest crowdsourced anti-bullying guide.
VolunteerMatch is a long-running volunteer organization that matches passion and talent
with important causes. They have hundreds of virtual volunteering experiences in areas
ranging from health and medicine, children and youth, education, to community building.
They’ve also created a COVID-19 hub specifically for coronavirus volunteer opportunities.