By volunteering online, you can make a difference in the world even if you cannot physically participate in it. You can do this in various ways, and I’ve rounded up some of the best ways to make an impact in your community and beyond.

 

Catchafire

This tool is exclusively for volunteer projects. It allows you to search for projects with a specific timeline ranging from an hour to several weeks. You can also help not-for-profit organizations by volunteering for tasks such as writing thank-you letters and editing photos.

 

Amnesty Decoders

Through a network of digital volunteers, Amnesty International can collect information about global human rights violations. For example, they’ve found evidence of drone strikes and oil spills, as well as flag abusive tweets sent to women in India.

 

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is a perfect example of how technology can be used for good. The Crisis Text Line is looking for volunteers to help provide 24-hour support to those in need. You can be trained for free if you’re 18 or older and can commit to volunteering four hours a week.

Translators Without Borders

For people who are fluent in more than one language, this organization combines humanitarian aid with language skills. Volunteers provide translation services to non-profit organizations focusing on education, health, and crisis relief.

 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 as a virtual volunteering effort. They aim to create the world’s most extensive digital library and have collected over 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteers can help by donating books, helping others proofread their work, or transcribing other people’s work.

 

Zooniverse

Through the help of online volunteers, Zooniverse can provide practical and people-powered research.  Spend as much or as little time as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.

 

United Nations Volunteers

UNV is a great place to start when it comes to taking your volunteering online. Through this organization, you’ll be able to connect with groups that need help with various projects that require skills such as art, design, and research. Over 12,000 volunteers from over 180 countries participate in UNV’s global network.