April is Volunteer Month! Volunteering not only adds value to your resume and college application, but contributing to your community also stimulates your personal and professional growth and allows you to make a difference.
Since the pandemic has moved so much of life digitally, organizations have found ways to engage volunteers using virtual methods as well.
With virtual volunteering opportunities, you can contribute to your community and the world at large from the comfort and safety of your home!
Take a look at the following virtual volunteering opportunities for high school students. This list provides a variety of options for students based on a multitude of different interests and skills.
Though students can’t volunteer in person to work with animals safely during the pandemic, they can still help further the Humane Society’s mission by phone banking. Students must be over 16-years-old to volunteer and will place calls to support the Humane Society’s legislative priorities and ballot initiatives.
Students over the age of 18 can volunteer virtually for the Trevor Project to help staff crisis intervention hotlines and provide support to LGBTQ youth, ages 13 to 24.
This organization provides an opportunity for students to help with their e-Buddies program, through which volunteers email with a buddy who has intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, at least once every two weeks. Volunteers are matched with buddies based on interest, games, and location. People in the same states are not matched. This is a great way for students to help those with different abilities feel included and make a new friend.
As a social media ambassador for Girls Inc., students can help amplify the organization’s message by creating and sharing social media posts that teach girls how to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. The goal of these posts is to add to a healthy, educated, and independent upbringing for girls. Even very busy students can spend 5 to 10 minutes a day working on this effort!
This organization pairs student volunteers with blind and low-vision individuals to provide visual assistance through a video app. Students can help folks who have trouble seeing with daily tasks like checking expiration dates, distinguishing between different colors, and reading important instructions.
Through this Texas Health Care Association project, student volunteers can send letters and online messages to nursing home residents to help keep their spirits high while they can no longer have visitors.
This organization provides an opportunity for older adults to join classes and activities from the comfort and safety of their homes. Students can virtually volunteer their time by sending reminders about these events or even facilitating sessions.
This organization connects students who are willing to donate their coding skills to charities and community groups who need that type of support. Students also have the opportunity to build their skills and portfolios through this volunteer position.
Mozilla offers another opportunity to students with computer skills to volunteer and help build a better internet. Students can volunteer to help with programming, design, or even testing.
This opportunity from an arm of Amnesty International allows students to help identify human rights violations that can become human rights projects using their computers, smart phones, and tablets. Students might find violations like tweets that are abusive to women or even locate vulnerable villages in war-torn regions like Darfur.
This organization offers an exciting opportunity for students ages 13 to 18 who have an interest in cyber security to help run programs that teach students, parents, and teachers about the safe and responsible use of the internet.
This is an opportunity for student history buffs to volunteer for the Smithsonian Institute, which is the largest museum and research complex in the world. Students can virtually assist in transcribing papers of prominent Americans, historic documents, and records from the Smithsonian’s scientific collection to make them more accessible to not only researchers but also the public.
This opportunity with the National Archives allows students to help preserve and share public records detailing the story of the United States and its people. Volunteers transcribe, tag, and add comments to these public records to help make them more searchable and accessible.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students in grades 9 through 12 to tutor other students online without the component of travel that tutoring often requires. TeensGive also focuses on helping students who are behind in school because of disadvantages like former gang membership, homelessness, or inequality.
Another teaching-related opportunity, this organization gives students ages 16 to 18 the chance to volunteer to tutor students who are living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group foster homes, and the streets in Southern California. Tutors will work with students ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.
This organization gives students who love to write the chance to send thank-you letters to first responders, troops, and veterans to support their efforts and thank them for their service.
As this organization continues to grow the world’s largest digital library of over 60,000 free books, it needs volunteer proofreaders--a perfect opportunity for students who love to read and write!
Bookshare’s mission is to make reading more accessible to people who face reading barriers like visual impairments, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and physical disabilities. With this organization, students can volunteer to scan in new books and proofread scanned titles as the collection of over 900,000 titles improves.
Students who have second-language skills or are multilingual can volunteer with this app that provides on-demand translation services for immigrants, asylees, and refugees.
Students who are fluent in two or more languages can also volunteer for Translators Without Borders and translate texts for a variety of international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health, and education.