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How to Get Meaningful Volunteer Experience Online

If you’re looking for ways to make your resume stand out, the experts will tell you that nothing looks better than having volunteer experience. I personally have received plenty of job opportunities due to my own volunteer experiences. However, volunteering during a pandemic can bring its challenges. Maybe you can’t afford to do free work, you don’t have time, or you don’t feel comfortable going out and being near groups of people. Luckily, you can get tons of meaningful volunteer experience all in the comfort of your own home, and at the commitment level that’s best for you! Here is a list of my favorite remote organizations that are always  looking for volunteers. 

  1. Crisis Text Line

If you aren’t already familiar with Crisis Text Line, they are a “text-line” full of highly trained Crisis Counselors ready to engage with anyone in need via text. As a volunteer Crisis Counselor, you will complete 30 hours of remote training and make a commitment of 4 hours per week on the platform. You will text 1:1 with people in the queue who need you. You even move up in a level system and at each checkpoint you win awesome prizes (if you reach level 100 you can even go to Disney)! If you’re interested in a career in counseling, or you just want to help people who are suffering from mental illness, this is a great opportunity for you!

  1. The Letter Project 

The Letter Project is a non-profit led by women for women. As a volunteer Letter Writer, you will write encouraging letters to girls and women going through a difficult time in their lives. You get to choose who to write to, how many letters, how long the letter will be, the content of the letter, and how often you write. Writing letters for The Letter Project is a great way to spread kindness and encouragement to girls and women all over the world. If you’re looking for a low commitment and easy way to get experience, this is an awesome option. 

  1. UN Volunteers 

Did you know you can volunteer remotely at the UN? You can participate in many different opportunities in a bunch of different categories like translation, writing and editing, art and design, technology development, research, COVID-19 response, and much more! If you’re interested in contributing to sustainable and global change for a better tomorrow, I highly recommend participating in the UN Volunteers Program. 

  1. Dosomething.org 

At Dosomething.org, you can practice your advocacy skills and stand up for marginalized groups. Through Dosomething.org, you can choose to volunteer for multiple different campaigns like Disrupt Racism, Tackle Hunger, and Helping Hands for Puerto Rico all from the comfort of your home!

Not only is volunteering good for making your resume stand out, it’s also a great way to spread kindness and give meaning to your life. I know that after volunteering my time to organizations like these, I always feel better connected to humanity and more hopeful about the world. Be sure to check out any of these resources and you’ll definitely find something that brings joy and compassion into your life while stepping up your resume! 

Juliana Elg

West Chester '21

Hi, I'm Juliana Elg! I'm a junior Psychology student with a minor in Global Studies and I'm passionate about writing, telling stories, and helping others. When I'm not studying you can find me going on nature walks and painting.
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