There is no doubt that COVID-19 has drastically changed the lives of many, but being in quarantine has graced a lot of us with some extra time on our hands. You may have even picked up a few hobbies, like baking or working out. But what about using this extra time to become a volunteer? Here are a few ways you can make a difference without even leaving your home:
1. Listener for 7 Cups
Become a Listener and connect to people seeking emotional support online.
2. Volunteer for the United Nations
Explore numerous volunteer options through the UN Volunteer website and find an organization you would be interested in helping with.
3. Coach for low-income high school students for UPchieve
Learn how to be a tutor for low-income high school students who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and digital learning.
4. Digital Transcriber for Smithsonian
Help make historical documents more accessible by transcribing and reviewing them.
5. Volunteer for COVID-19 related organizations
Browse the numerous different remote volunteer options and aid communities impacted by COVID-19.
Personally, Carolina For The Kids has shown me the importance of giving back to my community and getting involved in service. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emotional, medical, and financial support to the patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospital, CFTK relies on our amazing members. Without the time and effort provided by so many UNC students, this organization would not nearly be as successful as it is today. So, during this time, please think about how you can help other organizations/ communities, as well as seek out additional opportunities outside of just this list. CFTK is proof of how rewarding, fun, and inspiring volunteering can be, so don’t hesitate to start getting involved, especially during a time when it is needed the most!