Volunteer From the Comfort of Your La-Z-Boy
Posted on 01/24/2011
Much of the success of a nonprofit organization can be traced back to our volunteers. So much of their work is done behind the scenes. While volunteers are needed onsite, there are several opportunities to volunteer virtually. This is when a volunteer can contribute to an organization from anywhere, and even after the kids have gone to bed. Here are a few examples of how volunteers have given virtually.
Seems like there’s never enough time for marketing and yet it can make or break an organization. Especially in this social media society, there’s plenty of opportunity to help with Facebook, Twitter, the website and blog. For the less tech savvy, you can always stop by and pick up some envelopes that need stuffed and mailed.
Law and Advocacy
Nonprofits need help staying on top of legislation that affect their cause. If you’re politically minded, you can keep an eye on the government and lobbyists to ensure your nonprofit is being represented. You can also write your representatives to make your voice heard. For those with a background in law, you can even help draft legislation.
Many nonprofits have the drive to fight for the cause, but not always the knowledge on how to best accomplish those goals. Helping them draft business plans can help them stay on track and successfully achieve their goals.
Virtual volunteering can be mutually beneficial to the organization and the volunteer. You get to help a nonprofit become successful while you enjoy the comfort of your own home. So kick off those shoes, kick up that footrest and volunteer.