Virtual

Binky Patrol

All volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to children born HIV+, drug-addicted, infected with AIDS or other chronic & terminal illnesses, those who are abused, in foster care or experiencing trauma of any kind.

Bookshare

Hundreds of thousands of people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities, and other reading barriers have read millions of Bookshare books. It has empowered them to study for school, pursue careers, and read for fun. Contribute your skills and passions to help people with print disabilities read. From scanning and proofreading, to describing images, to providing support for Bookshare® teachers and families.

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and U.S. residents. 

Ebird

Thanks to the contributions of eBirders everywhere, this growing database has become an unparalleled information resource on birds. eBird data are a powerful resource for a wide range of scientific questions. eBird Status and Trends highlights Cornell Lab analyses of continental bird abundances, range boundaries, habitats, and trends. eBird transforms a global birding community’s passion for birds into critical data for research, conservation, and education.

Family Search

Our vision is carried out by a dedicated team of employees and volunteers who work tirelessly to preserve and share the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. We strive to create and link the best and most valuable research resources to help people discover who they are by exploring where they come from. For over 100 years, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide. No special skills are required! 

Click the Indexing link at the top of the FamilySearch pages once you have created your account. Web Indexing is one of the most important things you can help us with because FamilySearch can provide access, at no charge, to millions of indexed online records as our users search for sources that verify the life events and family relationships of their ancestors. The indexes allow individuals to search with the names, dates and locations they already know. Without indexes, research is much slower. Indexing groups can be created so that users can work with the same projects as they support and help one another.

Join in indexing today on the worldwide effort to bring records access to everyone.

Freedom on the Move

By volunteering with Freedom on the Move, genealogists will have a resource, research aid, and pedagogical tool available to assist with important work. As well, scholars, students and historians will have data produced by volunteers like you available to them in new and creative ways to aid with research, projects, assignments and historical hobbies. 

Golden Agers

Elderly homes are very vulnerable during these times of COVID-19. To ensure less stress and more joy within the walls of elderly homes, I ask for pieces of your best art. This can be in the form of a card, a painting, or a small sketch it just has to be creative and enthusiastic.

Grand Canyon Oral History

The Grand Canyon Historical Society (GCHS) actively works to preserve the personal stories and history of those who witnessed, or know about any aspect of, Grand Canyon’s history. Volunteers are needed to perform interviews and/or transcribe the interviews.

Learning Ally

Become part of our team and empower dyslexic, blind, and visually impaired students to succeed in school, and in life. Whether you have a lot of time or just a few minutes, there are meaningful ways you can help students who struggle to read, learn, and thrive. Please join us. Register to volunteer in easy 3-step process. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.

Letters Against Isolation

Our volunteers' handwritten letters of joy and positivity help fight senior loneliness! We write to over 1,500 seniors, and need your help to reach them all. This is an excellent project for anyone from children to seniors! Write as many or as few letters as you can.

Library of Congress

Be a virtual volunteer!

Anyone can contribute. Improve access to history by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging Library of Congress documents.

LibriVox

LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (books no longer under copyright), and make them available for free on the Internet. Practically, this means we record books published before 1923. All our recordings (including yours, if you volunteer for us) are also donated into the public domain.

We record books in all languages.You do not need any prior experience to volunteer for LibriVox, nor do you need to audition or send us samples. All you need is your voice, some free software, your computer, and maybe an inexpensive microphone. Generally 1 hour of recording translates into 3-4 hours of volunteered time, depending on the text. We are unable to provide proof of volunteer hours, only recordings. 

Living Histories

Document history by creating a living history story. Have a casual discussion or set up an interview of someone who lived through a historical event. Learn beyond the books what it was really like to live during that time period and the impact it had on their life. The lessons to be learned are invaluable. 

Senior centers, veteran centers, church groups or the dining room table are great places to get the conversations going. The StoryCorps app is a great way to guide you through documenting an oral history. 

Project Gutenburg

It's easy to volunteer at Distributed Proofreaders. Simply register as a volunteer. Once you've confirmed your registration by e-mail, you'll receive an introductory e-mail with basic instructions on how to log in and use the site. Then, you're ready to sign in and start learning to proofread or visit the smooth reading page to pick an e-book to read! Wherever you go, you'll find lots of information to help you get started. There is no commitment expected on this site beyond the understanding that you do your best. Spend as much or as little time as you like. We hope you will join us in our mission of "preserving the literary history of the world in a freely available form for everyone to use."

Distributed Proofreaders follows the principles of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/freedomreadstatement and that some of the books being produced by Distributed Proofreaders may contain material that some might find objectionable, such as offensive language, religious criticisms, derogative ethnic comments, racism, offensive 
stereo-typing, etc.
That is not true of all, or even many, of our books. Most are books that few, if any readers, would object to. But volunteers may run into some, which they are free to skip working on. Volunteers, especially minors, should be aware of that before they work with us, and it might be reasonable for them to discuss that with their parents.

Project Linus

Our volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18.

Always remember that blankets must be homemade with new fabric, washable, free of pins, and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons. Volunteers are welcome to make blankets at home or come to our community meetings to help with blanket making.

Drop off locations: Dillsburg Elementary School (purple bin on porch) Email to notify of drop off: projectblankets@hotmail.com

Easy directions for students to make fleece blankets. The fabric should be 1 1/2 yards to 2 yards, 1 piece of fabric with NO knots and they can watch this youtube on how we make the blankets. How to make a NO SEW fleece blanket:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vEzen4G5n8&feature=share

Smile Card

Virtual

Smile Card provides a smile to over 80 senior centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take a moment, all you need is a paper and pen. Submitted digital artwork will be added to a gallery so that senior shelters and hospitals can share it with their residents or patients. Email us a card, letter, poem, or other piece of artwork (in the form of a JPEG) to spread the joy and put a smile on someone's face. Join the effort to bring smiles to seniors.

Smithsonian Digital Transcription

Be a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer.  Volunteers are needed to assist making historical documents and biodiversity data more readily available.Currently, volunteers are required to be 13 years of age. 

UNMUTE

Calling all Kindergarten to 12th grade student musicians! Do you like to sing? Do you play an instrument? During the COVID-19 pandemic, come and join student musicians in Maryland, USA to share your love and music talents with senior residents in the Assisted Living facilities. All music levels and music genres are welcome! You can practice at home, perform, record your performance, and then send us the link to your performance video (ex: YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok, Instagram or simply place in the iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox). We will consolidate into one playlist every week to be broadcasted at several Assisted Living facilities that have partnered with us. 

To be considered for volunteering in our Virtual Concerts, all student volunteers and their parents/legal guardians must read, complete and e-sign our "Volunteer Release Permission and Waiver of Liability Agreement", which is a document that is included at the end of our sign-up form here.

Words of Thanks

Amid this COVID-19 pandemic, we should all take a moment to thank our healthcare workers. They are working on the front lines, helping fight this disease! Words of Thanks is a program that allows US residents from any state to write various types of  "thank you" letter to healthcare workers in their area.

Zooniverse

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — hundreds of thousands of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications. The main ways of volunteering with us are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we've yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.

Volunteers under the age of 16 are required to register with parent/guardian's email address.

Youth making a difference in their community, one person at a time. 

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