Health and Well-Being Online Volunteer Opportunities
With most of us stuck at home, much of the health and well-being services took place virtually. Though it’s been around for decades, virtual volunteering feels made for this moment. Unlike traditional volunteering, this type of online community service is all about flexibility. All you need are a phone or computer, an internet connection, and a desire to help.
Ready to virtually extend a hand to those in need? Consider these organizations.
Adoption of a Nursing Home
Nursing home patients were particularly badly impacted by the epidemic because visits were restricted. Seeing family and friends is important for emotional and mental wellness at any age. The Texas Health Care Association sponsored the statewide Adopt A Nursing Home program to combat loneliness. You may offer online comments or physical letters of encouragement to residents and employees as a volunteer.
Amnesty Decoders solicits volunteers from all across the globe to utilize their computers or phones to sift through images, information, and documents in order to study and discover human rights abuses. The effort has the potential to have an impact, and no contribution is too small.
Be My Eyes
This is a free smartphone app that uses a live video chat to link blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers from all around the world. You basically offer your eyes to assist with tasks such as checking expiry dates, identifying colors, reading directions, and navigating unfamiliar environments.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24-hour national crisis intervention and counseling service delivered entirely by SMS text message. Volunteers offer emotional assistance to texters who are experiencing difficulties (think bullying, self-harm, and more). To become a volunteer, you must first pass a screening process and complete 30 hours of training. Following that, you will be requested to volunteer four hours each week until you have completed 200 hours in a year.
As a RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) volunteer, you will give web-based crisis counseling to people who contact the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline. However, you must first finish a 20-hour online training course, three live learning sessions, and a three-hour debriefing session. After you've been taught, you'll be expected to provide 10 hours of online counseling every month for a minimum of 18 months.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the largest national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to persons under the age of 25 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). As a digital crisis counselor, you will respond to chats or messages from people who are dealing with topics such as depression, suicide, coming out, and LGBTQ identification.
Empower Work is a text-messaging service that links professionals or retired professionals with people dealing with difficult employment conditions. Volunteers are given 20 hours of interactive, digital training and encouraged to commit to at least two hours each week for six months.
OpenMRS is a global network of volunteers from many fields such as technology, health care, and international development. They are collaborating to create the world's largest and most adaptable digital platform to assist health care delivery in some of the most difficult places on the globe.
At the core of all Sidelines does is assisting women and families who are suffering difficult pregnancies and preterm deliveries. The charity seeks volunteers who have gone through similar experiences. Volunteer assistance includes video or phone conversations, discussion group participation, and the odd home or hospital visit.