The following activities do not constitute volunteerism and any corresponding hours will not be counted when logged by employees: (i) volunteer hours for organizations that are not registered 501c3 nonprofits; (ii) participating in acts of kindness not directly associated with a registered 501c3 nonprofit; and (iii) such other activities deemed ineligible by the Wynn Employee Foundation in its sole and absolute discretion. Examples of disallowed activities include, but are not limited to:
- Monetary donations
- Fostering animals
- Preparing, cooking, and serving food to colleagues or a neighbor as part of a potluck or for meal service that is not directly associated with a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization
- Babysitting, child care, or pet-sitting for private individuals not directly associated with a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization
- Yardwork or landscaping that is not directly associated with a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization
- Friend and family member volunteer hours that are not associated with an employee's participation (ex. A spouse, partner, or dependent who volunteers at a nonprofit without an employee also participating)
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 including, without limitation, grocery shopping and preparing meals for neighbors who are homebound, collecting litter in your neighborhood, print and assemble coloring books/workbooks for school children, organize a virtual drive, deliver and donate to someone in need, and help build a garden for a neighbor or friend.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers can play game at home with their friends and family. For each answer player get right, the sponsors will send the cash equivalent of 10 grains of rice to the World Food Programme, to support its work saving and changing lives around the world. This volunteer activity is limited to 1 hour per day.
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.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways to support our troops. Examples include but are not limited to handwriting letters of gratitude and making paracord survival bracelets.
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!