Students Can Learn Strengths by Volunteering Virtually
Leadership. Empathy. Determination. Grit. Goal-setting. Resilience. Perseverance. Self-regulation. Creativity. You’ll need many of these strengths at some point in your life. With the Covid-19 crisis it feels like we need them all now. These are characteristics that colleges such as Bucknell University and many other admissions offices. Volunteering virtually helps you develop strengths by doing. Below is our list online volunteer opportunities for middle school, high school, and college students to do now. Demonstrate to yourself and future colleges and employers that you can not only survive, but help yourself and others survive in a crisis.
Are you a teen with a sewing machine (even needle and tread!) and basic sewing skills? Urgent help is needed to help supply VA Hospitals with masks. As medical supplies continue to run on low supply, healthcare workers are now requesting homemade masks to help protect against COVID-19.
Students of all ages (elementary, middle, high school or college age) can volunteer remotely to create sewn cloth face coverings for staff members working at homeless shelters, food distribution programs and homeless shelter residents. With teens’ help and generosity, Catholic Charities can continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and keep our community safe.
College students, especially those pursuing pre-med, biology, or public health, with good writing skills can volunteer to help develop surveys to help patients provide data for research. Surveys will help collect data relevant to each of the diseases in our Registry. Surveys should be very specific to the disease, around 12 questions each, and should collect data that is objective, verifiable, and important for research.
Student leaders are urgently needed to contribute to the safety of their community by organizing a Personal Protection Supply Drive. Austin Disaster Relief Network is in need of 20,000 DIY cloth face masks and the following items: Hand Sanitizer (of all sizes), Antibacterial Soap -N95 Masks (NEW and/or homemade is okay), Surgical Masks* (NEW), Industrial Masks (N-95 or Dust), Disinfectant Wipes (NEW), Latex Free Gloves, Eye Protection Goggles or glasses (NEW), Face Shields (NEW), Protective Gowns (water resistant), Disposable Food Grade Gloves, Thermometers (NEW only) – old style or new style, especially non-contact version.
Calling all coders (or aspiring techies) with compassion! Austin Free-Net provides technology training and computer access to the community, fostering skills that enable people to succeed in the digital age. We are seeking volunteers 18 years of age and older to help Austin Free-Net move digital literacy training tools online. We need students to help develop tutorials on the Google Suite, Hangouts, Classroom and Zoom for folks to learn the tips and tricks of managing a virtual classroom.
Middle and high school students have a meaningful opportunity to be virtual story time readers. Student volunteers will create videos of stories read aloud that are posted on Women’s Empowerment’s website and Facebook page. Each story time reading is 15-20 minutes. We are looking for great readers who will be engaging for our young audience.
Youth volunteers of all ages can say “Thank you” to our military by writing letters of gratitude. This is something fun that you can do on your own, with friends or with any group. Can’t think of what to say? No problem..you can make a card or draw a picture! Operation Gratitude sends 250,000+ Care Packages each year to Deployed Troops, Veterans,New Recruits & First Responders. Of all the items included in these Care Packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation!
Looking for More Online Volunteer Projects?
VolunteerCrowd is supporting students, parents, guidance counselors, and college consultants through the Covid-19 pandemic. We work with nonprofits throughout the US to find virtual volunteer opportunities for students. Read our inaugural post: Student Volunteering in the Age of Cornavirus. Learn which nonprofits are supporting 55M students who are trying to learn remotely by reading Teen and College Virtual Volunteers Needed. Check back with us on the VolunteerCrowd blog or contact us if you have a specific question.