Offering a variety of volunteer opportunities is one way to ensure that employees find at least one thing in which they’d feel comfortable participating. However, as the pandemic might limit some options due to social distancing and lockdown measures, now volunteering is going virtual.
Virtual volunteering, also known as online volunteering, refers to volunteer activities using an online system or network accessed through a computer, mobile device, laptop, etc. in order to undertake or deliver projects. Online volunteering might be related to non-technology-based tasks, but it will harness information and communication technology and the Internet to deliver outputs. Meanwhile, virtual volunteers can complete short-term or long-term tasks, in whole or in part, typically off-site from the organisation of the person being assisted. As long as your employees have got access to a computer, thousands of different volunteer projects and roles are available to them.
Examples of tasks and projects areas undertake by online volunteers include but not limited to:
The same as volunteering in general, online volunteering can instill motivation, happiness, and satisfaction in employee’s days. The only difference is that online volunteering allows greater numbers of people to participate in volunteering programmes and to contribute to international development. For volunteers, it allows for the completion of tasks and assignments off-site, without travel, and enables volunteering activities to slot into the work, study or family schedule of the volunteer. It also provides the possibility of skills and knowledge exchanges in regions or areas where, for various reasons, it is not possible to send volunteers or travel is restricted. It also enables volunteers who cannot travel or even possibly leave their homes, to participate in international volunteering projects. For returning on-site volunteers, online volunteering provides a route for continuous engagement, contact and ongoing support with their host communities, thereby adding value to their placement.
Here are some robust resources of online volunteering programs your organisation can collaborate with: