Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year's Resolution: Virtual Volunteering

Did you write, "Volunteer" on your New Year's resolution list? One option you might want to consider is online or virtual volunteering.

Here's what some bloggers are saying about virtual volunteering:

Holly Ross, of the NTEN blog, points to a New York Times article about virtual volunteering, "Flexible Hours, Using Your PC and Never Leaving Home". The article mentions Sidelines National Support Network, a nonprofit that provides support to women with high-risk pregnancies via the Internet and phone. It also lists onlinevolunteer.org and VolunteerMatch as places to find virtual volunteer opportunities.

A Woman with a Common Name Tries to Live an Uncommon Life explains how she found virtual volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch.

Marie's post about virtual volunteering at The Drop recommends Translators Without Borders as a place that needs virtual translation volunteers, and links to Energize Inc.'s list of web sites where you can find virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities.

Beth Kanter points to a piece by Jayne Cravens about virtual volunteering. Jayne is an expert on virtual volunteering. Check out her Myths of Virtual Volunteering too.

VolunteerMatch logo taken from volunteermatch.org.


  1. I think that's an awesome idea Britt, volunteering can't possibly get any easier, thank you! :)

  2. Anonymous5:25 AM

    Thanks for pointing out the potential of online volunteerism. It is wonderful to see people thinking about the convenience and flexibilty of online volunteering. Maybe others' successes wil help inspire other non-profits and charities to slowly embrace the concept.

    Our Canadian charitable organization, Macdonald Youth Services, has been utilizing highly-skilled online volunteers from around the globe for over eight years to enhance our programs and services. I never cease to be amazed at the kindness of these "stangers" to contribute (and be so committed) to an organization they will never see. In fact we have online volunters that have contributed 100s of hours and have been involved for for as long as seven years.

    Those non-profit leaders interested in learning further information about how an online volunteer program can be managed mostly via a Web site interface using interactive Perl and PHP scripts, we invite you to visit our Web site at:

    Thank you for your interest.

    Randy Tyler
    Macdonald Youth Services
    Winnipeg, Canada
    E: http://mys.ca/cgi-bin/randy_email.cgi

  3. Anonymous8:30 AM


    Check it out!!!!


  4. Jonathan--do you work for the China Education Project?

  5. Anonymous8:55 PM

    Great article!

    You also should check out Volunteer Solutions at www.volunteersolutions.org for additional opps!

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