Virtual Volunteering Opportunities | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Be Part of the Change: Volunteer Virtually

28 ways to help out your community—all from the safety of home

It’s National Volunteer Week, the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to helping your North Texas neighbors. Although many volunteer programs have paused in-person activities due to COVID-19, there are still a huge variety of ways to volunteer virtually and help create positive change right here at home.

Here, we count down 28 easy (and fun) ways that change-seekers like you can get involved:

Volunteer with United Way

At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, we frequently have virtual volunteering opportunities that align with our focus areas of education, income and health. We have several volunteer events happening now:

  • Support and Advocate for Healthy Families: Participate in an online baby safety drive, host your own diaper drive or advocate for legislation that supports young children and their families. Click here to sign up.
  • Career Attire Drive: Donate new or gently used career attire to help individuals on their career path feel more confident and prepared. Click here to see what items are needed and where to drop them off.
  • College/Career Tips for High School Students: Help high school seniors prepare for the next stage of their lives by sharing insightful college and/or career tips and advice. Click here to share your thoughts.
  • Careers Intro for Elementary Students: You can help encourage college and career readiness in elementary students by virtually sharing stories and insights about your career journey. Click here to take the survey.

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Send a Card or Gift

After a year of COVID-19, healthcare providers, teachers and senior citizens are craving support and human connection as much as the rest of us. It’s easy to reach out with a small token of your good will by following the links below:

Teachers
United to Learn is organizing a letter-writing and gift-giving campaign for local educators. Show Dallas ISD teachers that you appreciate all that they do by writing a letter of gratitude or supplying a gift for your school of choice. Email Sarah at sburr@unitedtolearn. org for more information.

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

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
The Visiting Nurse Association has organized card and/or gift showers for the residents and staff of senior living residences and the elderly homebound in the Dallas area. After more than a year of COVID-19 worries and many months in isolation, our elderly population, as well as the tireless staff taking care of them, are still overjoyed to receive a note or gift. You can write letters and greeting cards, create artwork, and donate new items to brighten their day and help them 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, 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.

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

Volunteer to Listen, Mentor or Read

With regular classes and activities still disrupted for many North Texans, 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.

Be part of Vogel Alcove’s Video Storytime. Record a video of yourself reading a book to bring joy to children experiencing homelessness.

Volunteer with Ark of Hope to act as a listener, mentor or survivor coach on a text chat survivor support site.

Inspire students during the United to Learn Virtual Career Day. To create an interactive and inspirational outlet for children to learn about and explore new activities during COVID-19, 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
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through live video calls.

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 is a site that allows volunteers to record audio versions of public domain books.

Mental Health
Crisis Text Line. You will be trained to provide 24/7 support for those in crisis. The greatest needs are in the evenings.

Veterans
The American Corporate Partners AdvisorNet works with volunteers who can provide advice to veterans about career paths and goals.

 

Provide 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. Volunteer your time to provide on-demand language support to refugees and people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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

 

Do Volunteer Research

If you’re looking for ways to put your inquisitive nature to good use, here are several organizations that are in need of researchers in areas ranging 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.

 

Discover Other Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

The needs in North Texas are many, both 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. Choose from 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 to divert pounds of materials from local landfills. If interested, please contact their Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@goodwilldallas.org

If you have any questions about our volunteer programs or would like us to add a virtual volunteering opportunity to this list, please email volunteer@unitedwaydallas.org.

This article was published on: Mar 26, 2020