While many students (including myself) are spending more and more time online, a lot of good can come from the internet. Giving back while staying at home is never easy, however volunteering online lets you make a difference from the comfort of your home. According to Harvard Health Publishing, studies have shown that volunteering helps people who donate their time feel more socially connected, thus warding off loneliness and depression. Here are some places you can begin volunteering with now!
Crisis Text Line
If you have a passion for mental health, this is for you. Crisis Text Line helps people who text 741741 get from a hot moment to a cool calm. Volunteers use the nonprofit’s web-based platform to provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with a wide range of issues such as bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. Prospective volunteers go through screening and a lengthy self-paced training. Once completed, volunteers sign-up to take one four-hour shift each week for a year.
VocaliD, also known as The Human Voicebank, aims at designing personalized synthetic voices so that people with severe speech impairments can use a voice that fits their body and personality. Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology through VocaliD.
Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents. Join a global network of digital volunteers helping us research and expose human rights violations.
Do you have other online volunteer opportunities you'd like to add to this list? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today :)