Good Samaritanism & Micro Volunteering
Micro Volunteering allows anyone, anywhere, the opportunity to participate with or without a computer and are generally tasks that require just a few minutes or a few hours. Examples include, but are not limited to making origami cranes for cancer patients, transcribing videos for the hearing impaired, writing letters of encouragement, or knitting/crocheting hats for babies in neo-natal intensive care!
Good Samaritan hours are acts of kindness done for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals not directly associated with a nonprofit entity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic during the time period of March 1 – May 31, 2020, including, without limitation, starting a meal train to feed volunteers, first responders, and businesses on the front lines, grocery shopping and preparing meals for neighbors who are home-bound, and sewing "comfort masks" for healthcare workers or nonprofit staff. Our employees logged more than 2,500 Good Samaritan hours!
Virtual volunteerism offers a convenient, flexible way for employees to volunteer without traveling to and from work or home. This approach to volunteerism harnesses technology and has led to innovative models for helping communities and individuals. There are many virtual volunteer opportunities, and the range of services organizations provide continues to grow.
An established B2B marketplace connecting nonprofits and volunteers for pro bono services. Volunteers provide assistance with accounting, legal, communications, marketing, and other administrative work. Organizations measure value based on savings to utilize a volunteer and not professional services, etc.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. Volunteers sign onto Be My Eyes to lend their sight to blind and low-vision individuals to tackle challenges and solve problems together . Since January 2015, more than 2,000,000 volunteers have signed up to assist blind and low-vision users.
Bookshare makes reading easier. People with blindness, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and other reading barriers can customize reading for their learning style and find virtually any book needed or desired. Bookshare offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities! Volunteers either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.
Online platform where students ask career questions that are answered by people working, or that have worked, in that field. Users need a LinkedIn account to start helping students become better informed about the career decisions they are facing.
The mission of iCouldBe is to provide high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life. iCouldBe is meant to connect the energy and expertise of mentors from various professions with the most vulnerable students in the U.S. educational system.
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. Volunteers are free to choose the books they wish to record; books are recorded in all languages. Most text is sourced from Project Gutenberg.
Message of Hope
Message of Hope is launching a new program named Hope Reads. Join them to build the hope library so children in hospital can listen to their favorite stories read by you! Story submissions will be accepted in English and Spanish.
Missing Maps Mapathon
Natural Disasters kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people annually around the world. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief effort. Missing Maps is an open and collaborative project in which volunteers can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
The most well-known museum organization in the country offers volunteers the chance to work from home at their own pace. Volunteers provide “digital assistance” transcribing documents to online archives, editing articles, or providing online descriptions of museum artifacts and the organization’s many research projects.
Strive for College
Volunteers are needed to mentor students and also help them complete their college and financial aid application.
Tech Soup has a series of discussion groups where nonprofits ask questions about technology. Volunteers can log into the community at any time and try to help nonprofits and volunteers with questions about software, databases and more. TechSoup also needs volunteers to transcribe its most popular archived webinars.
Translators without Borders
Virtual volunteers provide translations in dozens of languages on behalf of international organizations focused on crisis relief, humanitarian aid, health and education. Wynn employees are fluent in dozens of different languages, so this may be a great opportunity to share our talents!
Local Virtual Volunteerism Opportunities
Bread of Life
Cradles to Crayons
Cradles to Crayons is supplies backpacks with school supplies to students across the Commonwealth. They have put out a call for 65,000 well-wish notes to include in each backpack. A well-wish note is a positive note of encouragement or motivation for a child to show them that we care about their success! Generally designed on an index card, they are an easy activity for folks to participate in, and if anybody happens to be working from home during this time, it's a great way to engage their kids in a fun activity.
If you participate in this activity, please deliver or mail your cards to Cradles to Crayons, 281 Newtonville Ave., Newton, MA 02460.
Las Vegas Fashion Council
In addition, the Las Vegas Fashion Council (LVFC) has put out a call-to-action to the community for 3,000 comfort masks. These will be given directly to hospitals, senior centers, homeless shelters, food distribution sites, and other entities in need. Volunteers are needed to pull out their sewing machines, gather some fabric and thread, and help protect those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. If you’re interested in making a comfort mask, the LVFC recommends the pattern found in the article located HERE and requests that you fill out their volunteer application HERE in order to pair you with an organization requesting masks.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Foundation (LVMPDF) is collecting messages of gratitude and encouragement from members of the community to share with the hard-working officers who are protecting us during this time when we are reminded that our safety is a basic need. If you’re interested in sharing a positive message with the city’s officers, please visit the LVMPDF website.