student volunteer to help with inequality

Volunteering Lifts All Communities

Students Demonstrate What Matters by Helping Others

When students volunteer to help underserved community members, their contribution helps more than solving an immediate problem. It’s easy to think that inequality is about one problem. Not true. It’s about the neglect of many everyday necessities – food, education, housing, health, and mental health. Protests can inspire dramatic change. But steady, consistent attention to what causes inequality is the only real solution. GenZ students are stepping up by giving their time, knowledge, and support to create an equitable and hopeful future for all.

Become a STEM Volunteer for Underserved Girls

This online virtual volunteer opportunity for high school students, age 15 and older, allows you to use your coding skills. Leadership is about helping others to achieve their best. There is no better way than mentoring younger students. You’ll challenge your own knowledge of coding by explaining it to someone else less experienced – a skill you’ll use in the real world! Here are some great ways to get community service hours helping this great organization: 1) Be a mentor, 2) Teach a workshops, 3) Help with PR/Marketing/Social Media, 4) Update the website, 5) Create cool graphics for outreach campaigns.

College Student Crisis Counselor – Online Volunteer

Covid-19 has spiked mental health crises around the country. Psychology, public policy, and health college students often seek meaningful ways to volunteer as they work toward a professional degree or credential. There’s nothing more impactful than turning around a dark moment in a person’s life.

College students, age 18+, can gain real-life experience in communication, counseling, and intervention. Volunteer counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. You’ll work alongside volunteers who are also social workers, therapists, and psychiatrists who can sharpen your crisis management skills.

Students Protect Community Making Face Shields

Student clubs, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts and families can volunteer from home to provide much-needed plastic face shields. Your masks will go to Los Angeles, California community members where COVID 19 is on the rise. Face shields function differently than face masks and cover individuals from the eyebrows down. When you volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the science behind how face shields protect community members. After you sign up for VolunteerCrowd, select the More Information link.

16 yrs + Volunteers Help with Wellness Checks

One in 12 seniors don’t have access to nutritious food. Hunger plagues underserved communities at an even higher rate. Student volunteers who are 16 years and older can join the initiative to call older adults who may be food insecure or at risk for homelessness. If you are studying health, sociology, economics, public policy or related areas, this volunteer role will give you a front-row seat to the impact of a pandemic on food security and homelessness.

Student Food Pantry Research Volunteers

This is a unique online volunteer opportunity for high school and college students to get a high-level view of how communities combat food insecurity. As a volunteer you will help the hungry locate food by calling, emailing, and researching food pantries and soup kitchens. This virtual volunteer opportunity occurs via Zoom. It starts off with a training where you’ll learn about food insecurity and also how to gather the needed information. After that, you’ll all spend an hour doing independent research. Finally, all volunteers will regroup to discuss.

Middle & High School Volunteers Support Literacy

One of the most fun and rewarding volunteer positions is as a Teen Book Reviewer. Volunteers age 10 and older who like to read can join the Teen book, review team. Adults are also welcome to become a reviewer. Here’s how it works: How it works: This nonprofit receives requests for reviews of books from authors and publishers that are geared for babies through young adults. Teen Book Reviewers read the books and then write an honest one-page book review on how they liked or disliked it. These reviews offer parents, librarians, teachers, guardians, and other people an idea of what books would be good for what age level.

More Opportunities for Students to Make an Impact

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 Coronavirus. Learn which nonprofits support 55M students who are trying to learn remotely by reading Teen and College Virtual Volunteers Needed. Learn how to help isolated seniors with cards, calls, and supply drop-offs. Check back with us on the VolunteerCrowd blog or contact us if you have a specific question.

VolunteerCrowd finds academic-related volunteer opportunities to inspire students and helps them build a verified service transcript to inspire colleges and employers. Visit VolunteerCrowd or download the app.

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