Check out our starter list of volunteer opportunities or do your own search to quickly yield opportunities where you can make a difference:
Get matched with organizations working for peace and development and make a global difference with United Nations Volunteers.
If fluent in more than one language, volunteer to translate for those focused on crisis relief, health, & education with Translators without Borders.
Donate, transcribe or proofread eBooks for Project Gutenberg.
Transcribe and help make historical documents more accessible for the Smithsonian.
Use your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low vision people. Visit Be My Eyes.
Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy, transcribe Shakespearean manuscripts, or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
Get matched with non profits with specific skill needs with Catchafire.
Provide learning and encouragement to children around the world via Skype and the Granny Cloud website.
Answer texts from those experiencing depression, anxiety, or bullying with active listening and collaborative problem solving for Crisis Text Line.
Volunteer to be an Online Ambassador with Ark of Hope for Children.
Give well-deserved Treats for Troops through Soldiers Angels Treats for Troops.
Be an online emotional support person at 7 Cups.
Help kids in need when you organize an online fundraiser for Operation Warm.
Sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.
Track bird populations with eBird.
Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
Record audiobooks for Librivox.
Send a card, letter or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy. Apply at Chemo Angels.
Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology through VocaliD.
Test, evaluate or develop elements of the National Park Service’s online presence.
Raise money in a virtual world with The American Cancer Society and Second Life.
Develop video games to help App to Succeed teach youth in need how to make good financial decisions.
Train others in technology to help overcome poverty with Right Here at Home.
Share social media posts and important announcements for Operation Warm. Email Mary Ann.
Help Harvard researchers learn the best ways to break down stereotypes by taking tests with Project Implicit.
Look at satellite images of storm and help researchers predict cyclone behavior with Cyclone Center.
Help solve real world problems through DoSomething.org
Walk, run, bike, or dance and earn money for the charity of your choice with Charity Miles from their pool of corporate sponsors or others.
Provide guidance and inspiration for children abroad through School in the Cloud.
Answer questions to donate rice to people in need with Freerice.
Locate your local crisis center and answer phones for a suicide prevention hotline.
Join micro volunteering project through Help from Home to make your spare time impactful.
Text bank with Planned Parenthood to remind others to complete the Census and ensure our communities receive the federal funding and Congressional representation they deserve. Email here to receive more info.
Check out a variety of options through: https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/ or https://volunteer.lamayor.org/
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Please follow all rules, safety precautions, and recommendations for your area, and use your best judgement when volunteering, particularly when it comes to any service opportunity where you leave your home. Stay safe and healthy!