With Local Organizations
- Peninsula Agency on Aging: Seeking volunteers to make weekly (or more often) calls to older adults who are homebound. Volunteers can begin immediately; the need is ongoing. Contact Diane Hartley at 757.585.2707 or by email with questions.
- The R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA is looking for volunteers to serve on its Board of Managers. A YMCA Family Center Board of Managers is an opportunity to serve your community through YMCA programs and services. As a Branch Board member, you will be asked to advocate for your Y at tables where the Y is not present; raise funds and friends; and work alongside community leaders to help the Y fill gaps in your community. The Board of Volunteers meets regularly monthly and each member participates in a committee that meets monthly. There are also other other engagements by the board. Contact Khalilah P. Harrison, Regional Director.
- Williamsburg Health Foundation: Seeking a volunteer to send information from the COVID Community Collaboration Slack channel to W&M Archives. The volunteer will need to work independently to decide what documents may be of value for the W&M Archives as they try to record the history of the pandemic in Williamsburg. Contact Allison Brody.
- If you are in the Williamsburg area and are able to make fabric masks for others, Williamsburg Regional Library will help connect you to community organizations in need of masks for their staff and volunteers. Email email@example.com to get connected.
- United Way of the Virginia Peninsula appreciation project: Create messages of thanks for first responders and other front-line people addressing COVID
- Volunteer by phone banking for the Center for Common Ground's nonpartisan Reclaim Our Vote initiative, to ensure voting rights for people of color.
- Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
- Test, evaluate or develop elements of the National Park Service’s online presence.
- Answer texts from people in crisis using active listening and collaborative problem solving with Crisis Text Line.
- Complete skill-based capacity-projects for organization impacted by COVID-19 through Catchafire
- Bookshare – Help people with disabilities access the written world by scanning books or cleaning up the files used to create accessible books.
- The Human Voicebank – All you have to do is read a few sentences to contribute your voice to be used in assistive technology for people who are unable to vocalize.
- Shelter the World – You can further the cause of global housing by signing up as a virtual volunteer, which means helping out through social media and online awareness.
Justice and Legal Services
The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program has launched a national disaster relief pro bono portal. The centralized, sortable database lists opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19 and future natural disasters.
Virginia Poverty Law Center’s Eviction Helpline, a free service to provide information and legal advice by phone to tenants facing eviction, is seeking volunteers. Helpline intake volunteers return calls, gather basic information and documentation from tenants, and open a case file for an attorney to review.
- Centro de los Derechos del Migrante Inc. (CDM) – Reach volunteers, beneficiaries, and supporters who speak a different language by translating their communications materials.
- Census 2020–Encourage people to fill out the 2020 census!
- Conduct research into global human rights violations through Amnesty International.
- If you are a health professional, consider becoming a volunteer with Virginia's Medical Reserve Corps.
- Writing letters to healthcare workers through this site; fill out the volunteer form. You can write them a traditional letter or send a digital text or photo message.
- Get in touch with your local representatives concerning advocacy issues caused by COVID-19.
- Advocate for COVID-related equity considerations through the NAACP, access to PPE, babies and children through Zero to Three.
- Help raise awareness and support for PPE, ventilators and senior support through Health4theWorld.
- Create a piece of art (writing, music, performances, etc.) for medical staff and patients through #GetWellWorld
- Senior Homies– Swap stories with an older adult to decrease isolation during COVID-19.
- StoryCorps reminds the nation that every story matters and every voice counts. Add to the conversation.
- Share a meal and conversation with someone of a different generation through Meals Together
Multiple Issues and Opportunities
- Online Volunteering
- Volunteer Match (includes remote and on-site COVID-19 related volunteer needs)
- All For Good
- Explore virtual volunteering opportunities suggested by the Clinton Global Initiative
- Search remote volunteer opportunities through Points of Light's All for Good Database
- Become a digital volunteer with Amnesty International, and The Smithsonian.
Thanks to Break Away for many of these virtual volunteer listings by issue area.