This listing of volunteer opportunities is provided for informational purposes for military members and their families and does not imply official DoD or USMC endorsement of any non-Federal volunteer opportunity. Individuals who volunteer do so at their own risk. DoD and USMC do not monitor or control and are not responsible for the listed organization.
Volunteer Opportunities Marine Corps Family Team Building Volunteer Program:
Below are wonderful opportunities for Marines, Sailors, and Civilians to get involved in. Your support and participation is greatly appreciated. Volunteering in your local community is a great way to get those much-needed hours for the PVSA, MOVSM, and/or the promotion board, if applicable. For information on in-home volunteer opportunities contact the Battalion Volunteer Coordinator at 703-693-1253 Monday–Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm.
Library of Congress Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Stories are told through personal narratives, correspondence, and visual materials.
Volunteers interview veterans and assist interviewers with audio and video recording log notes.
Volunteering looks different in a world that requires physical distancing amid COVID-19 concerns, but now more than ever there is a need for the altruistic spirit that volunteering brings. Our communities, globally and locally, need to know that there are people out there that care and are willing to go the extra mile even during these unprecedented times. So, how do you make a difference from the comfort of your own home? We’ve got a few ideas to help you decide. No matter your passion, you’re sure to find something that peeks your interest below:
New! Operation Gratitude
Write a letter of gratitude to be delivered to military heroes who are deployed around the world.
New! Love for our Elders
Provide letters to be distributed to retirement homes across the country.
New! March of Dimes
Send a note of hope or become a mentor.
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum complex, composed of 18 museums, 9 research centers, a zoo, and libraries. Virtual volunteers are used on two main projects; updating Wikipedia pages and transcribing historical documents.
Red Cross utilizes volunteers to monitor online discussions to find people and areas that need assistance. Volunteers also share updates on social media. Twitter and Facebook fans are always needed.
The UN connects volunteers with organizations worldwide that need assistance with editing, translation, technology services, research, and advocacy.
Catchafire makes it easy to “give what you’re good at.” It allows talented professionals to give their skill to mission-driven organizations in need.
Translators without Borders
Translators from around the world offer language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies and non-profit organizations globally.
Contribute skills and passions to help people with print disabilities by scanning, proofreading, and describing images.
Provide personalized career advice and guidance to students and those just getting started in their career.
Please note Learning Ally is only accepting online applications at this time 30 July 2020.
By volunteering with Learning Ally, you get to help make audiobooks for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia or visual impairment. To join, fill out a volunteer form, watch a short orientation video, and complete a quick quiz to see where you’d best fit in the Learning Ally mission.
There’s more than one way to get involved. For example, if you have a friendly voice, you can become a narrator and record juvenile fiction books as well as high school and college-level textbooks (note: this volunteer role requires auditions). If, on the other hand, you cringe at the sound of your own voice but love listening to audiobooks, you can listen to books recorded by others and provide feedback on things like fluency, tone, and audio quality.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line, a free and confidential 24/7 messaging support service, is always looking for volunteers. Since most crisis situations happen at night (between 10 pm and 6 am ET), this volunteer opportunity would best suit night owls or early birds. To apply, you must be 18 years or older and have two references.
As a crisis counselor, you’ll be expected to volunteer at least 4 hours per week, until you reach 200 hours (ideally, within one year). Before you can start answering texts, you’ll need to undergo a 30-hour training in crisis counseling. This (remote) training is free for volunteers, but not for Crisis Text Line, hence the 200-hour rule. In other words, crisis counseling is a big commitment (albeit an incredibly rewarding one), so make sure you have the time for it before you sign up.
School District Food Distribution
Many local school districts have started programs to feed children breakfast and lunch while school is not in session. Each district is different, but typically will look for assistance in the creation and distribution of meals. Check with your local school district for details.
Local Animal Shelter/Pet Foster
Are you an animal lover? Local animal shelters are looking for support due to COVID-19 restrictions. Are you interested in fostering an animal? Call your local shelter and investigate their opportunities. Pets make perfect companions as we practice physical distancing.
Adopt a Retirement Home/Community
This can be done in your local community or with the help of the internet all over America. Reach out to the retirement home and plan virtual interactions. They would love to hear you sing, see you dance, play instruments, or just have a conversation. Not into performing? These communities also love cards and art. It makes for a great at home art class project.
Share a Skill
Do you have a skill set that could be useful in this stressful time? If you can lead an exercise class, a yoga class, a meditation session, a cooking class, or simply read a book. Share! Share! Share! Post it online and watch your views skyrocket.
Volunteering is the perfect way to pass some of the long hours at home that COVID-19 has provided. There are many opportunities available and we encourage you to give them a try.