Charity Digital – Themes – The best volunteer ideas for 2022
Digital volunteering opportunities don’t have to be mundane or meaningless. In fact, they can be exciting and crucial to the success of operations. Here we cover the top ten virtual volunteering ideas for your audience.
Ask your volunteers to find holes in your website, bio links and social media accounts. You’ll want to pass around a list of errors to look for, including broken links, missing images, and duplicate content. Collect feedback on how easy your site is to navigate.
Similar to website audit, have virtual volunteers audit website and content accessibility. We at Charity Digital have highlighted how accessibility laws have changed, so you’ll want to make sure everything is up to date. Digital volunteers can review content at home and look for fonts that are too small or content without accompanying captions.
Digital mentorship programs
For charities with ongoing programs, online mentoring goes a long way in helping underprivileged youth. The light side, a charity that works with teenagers under the age of 16, has volunteers who inspire its beneficiaries. Online mentors chat and offer advice through a platform. Remotely, they can also respond from any device. If you already have a mentorship program, it makes sense to include a virtual component.
Comfort from an online volunteer
One of the best ideas for virtual volunteers is to offer advice and support over the phone or online. Age UK’s Digital Friends Scheme is an online advice line that helps seniors with technology issues. Volunteers meet their “clients” via Zoom, and go from there. Age UK also offers a buddy service by phone, where friendships can be made through telephone conversations.
Charity Guest Blogs
Virtual volunteers can also be useful when creating digital content. Guest charity blogs are a great way to engage volunteers right from home. Invite authors to share inspiring stories, opinions or write thought-provoking articles. Dementia United Kingdom highlights its work by sharing their experiences with beneficiaries. The guest blog also posts tips from local advocates.
Social media volunteer
Attracting the younger generation, volunteering on social media is an opportunity to manage accounts for a charity. Performed online, the role includes promoting charity campaigns and advertising unpaid roles. Oxfam offers social media volunteering assignments. They ask that volunteers be responsible not only for managing social media accounts, but also aspects of digital strategy. The benefit here is mutual: volunteers gain valuable work experience while Oxfam receives operational support.
Teach a digital lesson
Most volunteers are motivated by the impact they have on the people they help. For charities in the education sector, online learning and support is an opportunity for volunteers to share their knowledge. bookmark, a reading charity, has volunteers who read and play games with children with literacy difficulties. Readers pick a time that works for them, then they read 30-minute segments to the kids.
Recruit digital ambassadors
Within your group of social media followers, there may be people who want to serve as digital ambassadors. The owners of these social media accounts act as your spokesperson for the brand, events, and digital fundraising causes. While some charities have chosen to appoint platform celebrities, daily volunteers can also be digital ambassadors. Be strategic in your choice and pick people within an audience segment that you want to tap into.
Contact by e-mail
Another way to help charity grantees is through email support. Digital volunteers are matched with those in need and emails are exchanged through a secure platform. To beat, an eating disorder charity, runs an email exchange program to support sufferers. The charity matches volunteers with beneficiaries and asks volunteers to support them by writing emails several times a week.
Help with charitable operations
The public can be a key part of charitable mission and research. Missing cards, is a charity that helps identify vulnerable populations. The charity asks volunteers to locate people in need, so aid groups can help better.
Volunteers use OpenStreetMap to upload locations. Then, community volunteers add details, including help or evacuation centers. Finally, humanitarian groups use the information to provide disaster relief. For charities that use crowdsourcing in their operations, unpaid staff can be the key to success.