25 Things Virtual Volunteers Can Do
Millions of people spent their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday volunteering, a wonderful tribute to a man whose life was dedicated to public service. Tomorrow morning, children will enter freshly painted head-start classrooms, people with mobility challenges will roll up newly constructed ramps, and people working in coat closets will be able to find the winter wear they need to keep the homeless men on their doorsteps clothed and warm because someone cared enough to sort through boxes and bags of donations and fold and hang coats and sweaters by sizes.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a phenomenal day and what is accomplished on it annually is inspiring. Clearly, people want to contribute their time, skills, and energy to the organizations in their community. But not everyone has a day off each day to be able to volunteer.
That’s why many organizations are finding ways to help individuals and workplace teams become Virtual Volunteers. What’s more, a lot of companies and businesses are willing to allow their work teams or departments to volunteer from the office for specific times for virtual volunteering. This can make coordinating a company volunteer project a lot more hassle free.
When people are virtual volunteers, they often don’t have to be background screened as they would if they were going to work directly with children or other vulnerable populations. They sometimes don’t even need to go through on-site volunteer trainings.
What kinds of jobs can virtual volunteers do? Here are 25 things that virtual volunteers can do:
- Write a grant or United Way application
- Manage a social media profile (like Facebook or Twitter)
- Conduct phone surveys (outcomes measures, follow up after events, marketing research)
- Data entry
- Newsletter writing
- Make a video or podcast
- Verifying your contacts’ addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses
- De-duplicating your data
- Call a guest list to invite your constituents to an event
- Graphic arts
- Web design
- Translation of documents
- Stuff envelopes
- Label envelopes
- Develop a webinar
- Staff a hotline or crisis number
- Provide feedback on business, marketing, or fundraising strategy.
- Coach a board or staff member on a particular skill
- Solicit items for a silent auction
- Offer advice for policy development (HR, operations, etc.)
- Make donor thank you calls.
Through Virtual Volunteering, people can extend the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of service beyond MLK Day.
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