Virtual Service Opportunities
During these uncertain times, we must continue to give back to the community. This page features virtual volunteer opportunities to aid the community as well as those impacted by COVID-19.
Please Note: The following is a list of external sites whose organizations offer individuals volunteer opportunities. It an attempt to get this information to you, our students, as quickly as possible, the University has not had time to visit these external sites or investigate the background of their parent organizations. The University does not endorse or approve of any of the products, services, service opportunities, or opinions of the organizations whose external links are included below. The University bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of the included external sites or for that of any subsequent links including within those external sites.
The Alachua County COVID19 Community Resource Portal shares opportunities for organizations and individuals to help our local community during this time. Keep up to date on the needs of Gainesville community members, and sign up to help! https://alachuacounty.us/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx
The Anti-Slavery Manuscripts needs your help to turn our collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications. Visit their website for more information: https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/
Foster Florida began in November of 2015 on Orphan Sunday fueled by a passion to bring awareness to our community about the need for strong families to step into foster care, and the need for them to be supported. For the ones neglected, the ones forgotten, the ones in need, we must step up. We meet the needs of our local foster families by providing four pillars of support: meals, prayer, financial support, and childcare. Visit their website for more information: https://fosterflorida.org/volunteer/
Make a cloth face cover for yourself or someone else! Stay up to date on CDC Guidelines, and watch the how-to video to learn best practices. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
Transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian. Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. For more information visit their website: https://transcription.si.edu/
Make a global difference with the United Nations. You can help with writing and editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy, to name a few, and there is a variety of short and longer-term opportunities. For more information visit their website: https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
Monitor online discussions to find people who need help with the Red Cross. If you are active on Facebook and Twitter, this could be a great opportunity for you. For more information visit their website: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities.html
Sign-up to be a Neighborhood Captain with the Trusted World Foundation. The Trusted World Foundation needs self-care items to help community members who are currently quarantined. For more information visit their website: https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3280296.jsp
You can also team up with members of Your Community to create cards of appreciation or messages of hope for First Responders, Hospital Staff, Military Personnel, and Residents of Nursing Homes.
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers from all over the world through a live video call. For more information visit their website: https://www.bemyeyes.com/
Book Share offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer, you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned. For more information visit their website: https://www.Bookshare.org
The American Red Cross always has needs for volunteers to act as digital advocates. Volunteers can help generate donations to the Red Cross while shopping for themselves online or by setting up online fundraisers. Volunteers can also help spread awareness by re-post their social media content. For more information visit their website: https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/be-a-digital-advocate.html
The National Map Corps (TNM Corps), part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, asks citizen volunteers to collect data on structures and use it to add new features, remove obsolete points, and correct data for The National Map database. For more information visit their website: https://navigator.er.usgs.gov/help/vgistructures_rewards.html
Humanity Road volunteers use the Internet and mobile communications technology to collect, verify, and route information online during disasters. They provide public safety information as well as directing the public to governmental and aid agencies that are assisting in the disaster. For more information visit their website: https://www.humanityroad.org/
Nabuur is an online volunteering platform that links volunteers with local communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America so they can learn about each other, share ideas, and find solutions to local issues. For more information visit their website: https://orgs.tigweb.org/nabuur
TED Translators are a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders. Bring TED into your language! For more information visit their website: https://www.ted.com/participate/translate
Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 national crisis-intervention and counseling service conducted exclusively through SMS text. Volunteers use the nonprofit’s web-based platform to provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with a wide range of issues– bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. Prospective volunteers go through screening and lengthy self-paced training. Once completed, volunteers sign-up to take one four-hour shift each week for a year. For more information visit their website: https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/
Trevor Project is an online, social networking community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-24, and their friends and allies. Online volunteers monitor the TrevorSpace site to maintain a safe online space for young LGBTQ people. Training for online volunteers is provided quarterly. For more information visit their website: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/
St. Bernard's Project is a nonprofit, disaster relief organization. With the uncertainties facing us, SBP wants you to know that they are still recruiting AmeriCorps members for this summer, and would love to speak with you about more opportunities with their organization. Register for an information session at bit.ly/sbpinfo to learn about what the AmeriCorps experience is like and how to get involved! Info sessions will take place on April 23rd at 1 pm Central and April 24th at 10 am Central.
Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Days for Girls is asking volunteers to help their local communities by making cloth face masks. At the same time, we connected with several community groups that were trying to do the same thing. One of them is the Gainesville Face Mask Crafters for COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/GNVFaceMaskCrafters/.We are now on a mission to help produce reusable, washable cloth face masks for the hundreds of people requesting them. Would you be willing to help?
The Mission Continues is a nonprofit organization that empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. Even though physical distancing, we are continuing to connect veterans and volunteers across the country. This month alone, we’ve hosted or scheduled 37 social events to include movie nights, game nights, and book club gatherings. These events are attracting familiar faces and new veterans to our ranks, and are an innovative way to continue to grow our movement. Check out ways to get connected to veterans in your community. https://missioncontinues.org/service-platoons/
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s oldest and largest youth mentoring organization, has announced that it will begin matching adult volunteers with deserving youth in the Gainesville area, effective immediately. the BBBS of Tampa Bay agency is seeking adults (called Bigs) and children (called Littles) who are interested in participating in the Community-based Program, where volunteer role models are matched one-on-one with children who have similar interests or backgrounds. Potential Bigs are invited to attend a virtual Orientation & Training session, the first step in the enrollment process. You can connect to that orientation by clicking on https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/829925917
Sister City Program of Gainesville, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that coordinates nine sister city relationships for the City of Gainesville. They are in need of a social media/website manager, volunteer coordinator, and grant writer. All of these can be done virtually. Please contact Executive Director Steve Kalishman, 352.494.0246, for more information. http://www.gnvsistercities.org/
Cinema Verde’s mission is to provide environmental education to the public through film, arts, workshops, events, tours, and any other forum or media; to increase public awareness of environmental practices that enhance public health and improve quality of life in urban, suburban and rural settings. They are currently looking for students who are skilled in digital media, website development, marketing, and grant writing. For more information, Please email Trish Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.cinemaverde.org/
If you are interested in volunteering for an organization, we suggest you conduct whatever inquiry into that organization that you would normally conduct before volunteering to work for any other organization.
If you know of any virtual service opportunities that are not listed, feel free to share that information with us. You can email your suggestions to email@example.com.