Are you a Bulldog looking for an outlet to relieve some stress, feel better and give back? Bolles Student Activities Director Piper Moyer-Shad ’91 has some great suggestions of places that are looking for virtual volunteers.
Some opportunities are games that only take a few minutes of your time, others are more involved. See sites and descriptions below. Moyer-Shad reminds students to track their community service hours and keep their advisors apprised.
FREERICE: Quick and fun! Answer multiple choice questions on a variety of topics of your choice from definitions, grammar, the Periodic Table, world flags, famous paintings, etc. For every correct answer, the sponsors of this site donate a monetary amount equal to 10 grains of rice for food insecure people around the world. This is part of the United Nations World Food Programme. www.freerice.com
FREEKIBBLE: Similar to the above, but even quicker. Answer just 3 questions (right or wrong) and get cat/dog food and cat litter donated to shelter animals. www.freekibble.com
UNICEF’S TAP PROJECT: The Tap Project only works on mobile devices. It asks you to put down their phone and leave it alone for at least five minutes. For every five minutes that a phone is not being used, the project can provide clean drinking water for children in need. It is very easy simply place your phone down during class and let the minutes rack up for this project. It’s easy to always have the link open in another tab on a phone. Visit your app store to download it.
ZOONIVERSE: “The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.” Look for asteroids in photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope or transcribe the military records of African American soldiers in the American Civil War or count penguins in remote regions to help scientists understand their lives and environments … these and so many more adventures await! https://www.zooniverse.org/projects
CARE2: This site allows you to browse, learn about and sign (if desired) existing petitions on hundreds of topics. You can search by topic, country or state. If you’re feel particularly passionate, you can even start your own. https://www.thepetitionsite.com/
THE HUNGER SITE: This site is not just focused on hunger. There are 11 different categories that you can click on to generate free donations related to those topics (breast cancer, autism, rain forests, pet hunger, and literacy to name a few). If desired, you can also donate actual money to various charities. https://thehungersite.greatergood.com/clicktogive/ars/thank-you
TEENS GIVE: This platform links you with an elementary school student who needs tutoring. http://teensgive.org/virtual/
VOLUNTEER MATCH: Here are 63 opportunities for teens to volunteer via your computer. There are a wide variety of charities and jobs. This site can also be filtered for younger kids and adults as well. https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/?k=teen&v=true#k=teen&v=true&isTeen=true&s=1&o=relevance&l=Jacksonville%2C+FL&r=virtual&sk=&specialGroupsData.groupSize=&na=&partner=
For the more technically savvy …
UNITED NATIONS VOLUNTEERING: Want to share some of your artistic or writing skills on a broader level? Check out this site that will connect you with organizations promoting peace and development. You can even utilize your translating skills if they are solid. There are 13 categories to choose from and multiple jobs within those categories. Commitments run from 1-5 hours per week and up. https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en
This list is not exhaustive by any stretch, explore virtual volunteering on your own!