1. UPchieve

UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the US with live, volunteer coaches (that’s you!) any time they need it, especially during this time of school closures. The volunteer experience is ultra-flexible so you can help students from anywhere with an internet connection!

2. Hire Heroes

Hire Heroes USA helps US military members, veterans and military spouses find new careers. You can help with mock interviews or career counseling via phone or video to make a real difference in the lives of military families with your expertise and energy.

3. The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian seeks to engage the public in making their collections more accessible through digital technology. “Digital Volunteers” can take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian’s massive collections and can participate in a variety of research programs. Learn more about the Smithsonian Institution’s WikiProject or become a citizen scholar through the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

4. Translators

Translators Without Borders aims to close the language gaps that hinder critical humanitarian efforts worldwide by offering language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, and other non-profit organizations on a global scale. TWB depends on volunteers who are fluent in at least one language other than English to translate millions of words for medical texts, crisis response, or other engaging projects!

5. Trevor

The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. TrevorChat & TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer online messages or texts from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide. TrevorChat & TrevorText volunteers must undergo a 40-hour virtual training and serve a minimum of a one-year commitment, with three to four 3-hour virtual shifts per month.

6. Career Village

Career Village provides students with free personalized career advice from real-world professionals. On a mission to democratize access to career information and advice for underrepresented youth, professionals answer questions from any laptop or smartphone, giving students the inspiration and education they need to make better decisions about their futures. Volunteer virtually to answer questions from students who want to be you when they grow up!

7. 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 from all over the world through a live video call.

8. Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 national crisis-intervention and counseling service conducted exclusively through SMS text. Volunteers provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with a wide range of issues– bullying, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. Prospective volunteers go through screening and a lengthy self-paced training. Once completed, volunteers sign-up to take one four-hour shift each week for a year.

9. Missing Maps

Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. Join thousands of others in coordinated humanitarian projects to map OpenStreetMap and support communities in need