But here we are. And while we’re all trying to figure out what the new coronavirus-normal is, life goes on. Homeless, sick, and even furry community members rely on support from nonprofits. The fear of contagion makes us rethink how we do what needs to be done. Students who want to get involved can help by changing up the way they help. Virtual volunteering is a great option if you need to avoid crowds. See VolunteerCrowd’s top picks. Click on any project to get started.
The volunteers of the Stitch-a-Wish program are an important part of the care that Cook Children’s Medical Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, provides to pediatric patients and their families. Stitch-a-Wish volunteers sew, knit, and crochet for the patients at Cook Children’s. Students can create colorful, child-friendly pillowcases that brighten hospital rooms; medical play therapy dolls that help patients learn about and understand the medical procedures they undergo; telemetry bibs that allow toddlers mobility even while attached to heart or seizure monitoring equipment; blankets to brighten a child’s room and bring them warmth and comfort, and knitted or crocheted purple baby hats to remind parents to keep their infants safe. These items, and many others, are used and loved daily throughout the medical center for comfort, therapeutic play, arts and crafts, and safety. Stitch-a-Wish is great for middle and high school students looking to volunteer from home!
Demand for virtual tutors may increase as more communities respond to Cornavirus by temporarily closing schools. As a volunteer tutor, you will be joining a team of dedicated and committed volunteers. School on Wheels volunteers must: Tutor consistently one-hour per week typically between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Online tutoring is a valuable opportunity to educate, mentor, and support thousands of homeless children are unreachable through a traditional, in-person tutoring program due to geographical barriers and logistical constraints. School on Wheels partners with Google for Education, to provide free, online tutoring to homeless children in Southern California. Please apply if you reside in the United States, have access to reliable Internet and technology, and have experience tutoring.
Older middle school students or younger high school students have a meaningful virtual volunteer opportunity with Society for the Blind’s Access News Program. This is a reading service that allows volunteers to record current news, magazines, circulars, and other items of interest so that people who are blind, low vision, or cannot read conventional print can listen to these publications through the telephone. It’s a great way for students to practice reading skills while helping others. Bilingual students are encouraged to sign-up!
Are you a high school student who loves dogs and social media? Good Dog Autism Companions is looking for a very innovative and tech savvy social media expert that can be a volunteer intern. Help Good Dog Autism Companions keep its Facebook and Instagram pages thriving.
Create positive notecards with words of encouragement for children to take home over the weekend. The notecards will be attached to the bags of food for the children and will provide them with positive words of encouragement over the weekend. They can say anything from “Have a Great Day!” to “You are loved”, you can get creative! All notecards must be nondenominational and age appropriate.
Hospitals can be scary. Volunteer to be a special friend that helps a child feel better by creating a custom, colorful, and fun pillowcase. Designed by you and delivered with kindness, your pillow will brighten up a child’s hospital room or bedroom during recovery. It’s easy and takes just a few minutes for each pillowcase. Buys some crazy-cute fabric, invite your friends over, and together enjoy bringing smiles to children fighting severe illnesses.
Can’t find a virtual service project to suit you? See our post about online volunteer tutors. You can also contact us with any special request for you or your group.