Virtual Volunteering Opportunities | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

North Texans are known for their generous spirit of giving and volunteerism, and we’ve seen an outpouring of support from people and businesses across our community who want to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Volunteering is always a great way to invest in our community, even—or especially—now as we are physically separated. Many of our nonprofit partners and local organizations now offer virtual volunteer experiences that will provide safe social distancing options for you and your family while still enabling you to make an impact.

Below are a number of suggestions to get involved. We’d love to see how you’re volunteering virtually. Tag us @unitedwaydallas and use #LiveUnitedNTX.

If you have any additional questions or virtual volunteering opportunities to add, please email volunteer@unitedwaydallas.org

CARDS AND GIFTS 

Healthcare Providers + Patients
Send an encouraging e-message to patients and their caregivers at Children’s Health using this form.

Join us in sending a message of encouragement to our frontline care providers at Parkland Hospital.

Send encouraging messages to frontline staff at AIDS Services of Dallas including, case managers, medical case managers, client service assistants and personal care assistants to media@aidsdallas.org.

Senior Citizens and Elderly Homebound
Senior Source and the Visiting Nurse Association have organized card and/or gift showers for the residents and staff of senior living residences and the elderly homebound in the Dallas area. Due to heightened health, safety and welfare concerns, elderly residents in particular are required to be in social isolation—staying in their rooms or homes to avoid transmission—and if they live in a group residence, their staff is working day and night to provide a safe environment.

However, there are still ways to lift the spirits of our elderly population, as well as the tireless staff taking care of them. This includes writing letters and greeting cards, creating artwork, and donating new items to help them pass the time and practice mental and physical health. Regarding notes: they cannot be personalized for individual residents or staff, so use friendly salutations such as “Dear Friend,” “Hello,” and “Hi” to add warmth to the message.

If you prefer to send new item donations, suggestions include playing cards, checker and dominoes sets, basic craft kits, adult coloring books with color pens and markers, activity books such as crossword and word puzzles, faith-based books, large print books, jigsaw puzzles, spring and summer wall or door décor, beach balls and even radios.

Send notes and/or new items to the following:

Advanced Health & Rehab Center of Garland
1201 Colonel Drive, Garland, TX 75043
Contact: Alina Ferguson, Activity Director
Phone: 972-278-3566
Email: aferguson@ahrcgarland.com 

Autumn Leaves Nursing Center
1010 Emerald Isle Drive, Dallas, TX 75218
Contact: Sara Min, Activity Director
Phone: 214-328-4161
Email: minsara@autumnleaveslcs.com 

Remarkable Healthcare of Dallas
3350 Bonnie View Road, Dallas, TX 75216
Contact: Kereese Rocks, Activity Director
Phone: 469-320-4400
Email: krocks@remarkablehealthcare.net 

Visiting Nurse Association of Texas
1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
Contact: Tracie Demery, Community Engagement Coordinator

Note: Cards and artwork will be included in deliveries to Meals on Wheels clients. The only new items needed are hand sanitizer and bar soap.

St. Jude Center, Catholic Charities Dallas
St. Jude Center provides permanent supportive housing for the homeless, age 55 and older.

2920 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75234
Contact: Cindy Montgomery, property manager

LISTENING, MENTORING, READING 

Now is a great time to provide a listening ear, to mentor and offer career guidance, or to bring words to life for those with reading disabilities or barriers.

Children + Students

United to Lead high school students are supporting distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis through a new video series, designed to make distance learning less distant. Join them as they bring learning home to Dallas ISD elementary students. Earn 1 service hour per video. Click here to check out some of the videos. And click here for instructions to create your own video!

Scholars at Mi Escuelita Preschools across DFW receive daily virtual lesson plans. Record yourself reading your favorite childhood story aloud (remember to show the pictures) to brighten their day! Recordings will accompany the lessons plans and may be submitted to rpittman@miescuelita.org.

Vogel Alcove. Record a video of yourself reading a book to bring joy to children experiencing homelessness.

Ark of Hope. Volunteers act as listeners, mentors or survivor coaches on a text chat survivor support site.

Dallas Public Library is looking for students aged 14 and older to be part of the Teen Advisory Committee. Committee members will help create, plan and execute city-wide teen initiatives once the stay-at-home order is lifted as well as digital/virtual content for Dallas teens to take advantage of while the library is closed. If you’re interested, you can click here to sign up! Please direct all questions about the committee to the Youth Services Department, number 214-670-7943.

United to Learn Virtual Career Day. Calling all professionals to inspire students! To create an interactive and inspirational outlet for children to learn about and explore new activities during this uncertain COVID-19 global pandemic, United to Learn has designed a virtual channel that will allow you to share or present your hobby or day-to-day responsibilities during a typical workday. Click here to embark on an adventure with Dallas ISD students.

The Impaired

Share your expertise while giving back. Become a virtual instructor to Goodwill Industries of Dallas’ Day Habilitation employees. Lessons should be simple, fun, and easy and can include wellness, culinary, music, or any other educational skill that you would like to share. This opportunity is great for teachers, college students, fitness trainers, and individuals who enjoy interacting with individuals with disabilities. Their staff will also help guide you on how to present the lesson. Please click this link to sign-up.

Goodwill Industries of Dallas is offering a new virtual opportunity which partners you with their Day Habilitation employees, individuals with disabilities who attend their continuing education and life skills program. With this opportunity, you will become their virtual pen pal by sending them emails of kind words and encouragement. If interested, please click this link to sign-up.

Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

BookShare provides opportunities for volunteers to scan and edit books and to describe images for people with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy and other reading barriers.

LibriVox. Record audio versions of public domain books.

Mental Health
Crisis Text LineYou will be trained to provide 24/7 support for those in crisis. Greatest needs are in the evenings.

Veterans
American Corporate Partners AdvisorNet: Volunteers provide advice to veterans about career paths and goals.

LANGUAGE AND WRITING SUPPORT 

If your strengths lie in languages and writing, there are several ways to provide virtual help to organizations and communities in need.

By the People. Make documents more searchable by transcribing, reviewing and tagging digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution which serves as the research arm of Congress.

Tarjimly. You can provide on-demand language support to refugees and people in need of humanitarian assistance.

TED Translators. Subtitle TED Talks to help disseminate knowledge, research and big ideas across languages and borders.

RESEARCH 

If you’re looking for ways to put your inquisitive nature to good use, here are several organizations who are in need of researchers in areas that range from human rights to the sciences.

Ancestry Decoders. Help research and expose human rights violations.

Missing Maps. You can play an important part in supporting humanitarian organizations by helping map areas where disasters occur to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

Zooniverse. Assist professional researchers in topics that vary from humanities to science.

OTHER VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES 

The needs in North Texas are many, both now during the COVID-19 crisis, and in the future. Here are a few more suggestions to serve virtually:

All for Good, a service of Points of Light. Search for a number of virtual volunteering opportunities, from writing to creating care packages, by clicking the COVID-19 Response Volunteer “From Home” option.

Be a Neighbor Campaign. Volunteer and/or add opportunities to serve your community and relief efforts to reach those most in need.

CitySquare is offering a number or virtual and remove volunteer opportunities, including grocery bag collection to support food distribution efforts and sending thank you notes to frontline staff.

Have extra clothes that you need to get rid of? Goodwill Dallas will bring the bin to you! You can host your theme donation drive, for example, coats, shoes, workwear, holiday décor, etc. With this opportunity, you will be helping us to diverted pounds of materials from local landfills – help them help people and the planet! If interested, please contact their Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@goodwilldallas.org