VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact
The Center offers resources and tools you can use to support our VCU Health and community partners to connect, innovate and keep on partnering. These include virtual volunteering opportunities and ways to get involved locally, nationally and globally.
A curated compilation of virtual volunteer, do-it-yourself (DIY), or philanthropic opportunities.
Volunteer VCU at The Commons Students interested in giving back to the Richmond community through service have the opportunity to meet with a member of the Student Leadership & Civic Engagement team to discuss local volunteer options. Check out this form to connect with us or visit the Volunteer VCU website.
The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services, The Virginia Department of Social Services. Links to Virginia’s 18 Volunteer Centers! Highlighted Centers:
- RVA/Central Virginia, Hands on Richmond
- High needs for meal delivery. Sign up as “volunteer on call”.
- Northern Virginia: Volunteer Fairfax
- Hampton Roads: Volunteer HR
- Southwest VA: United Way SW VAW VA: Feeding America
- SW VA: Feeding America
Links to Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents.
All for Good, Points of Light, Searchable Database of National Volunteer Projects
Be My Eyes Volunteer to help people who are blind or visually impaired
Catchafire Catchafire strengthens the social good sector by matching professionals who want to donate their time with nonprofits who need their skills.
Crisis Text Line Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work
Do Something: A Youth-Led Movement for Good As the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change, DoSomething’s millions of members represent every US area code and 131 countries. Using our digital platform, DoSomething members join our volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about. Sorry in advance for the #humblebrag, but here are just a few of our greatest campaigns.
Doctors Without Borders Learn how to use OpenStreet mapping software to map some of the world's most vulnerable places and support NGOs and individuals using the maps and data to better respond to local crises.
Free Minds Book Club Leave poetry feedback on the Free Minds Book Club blog for youth incarcerated as adults who are participating in book and writing clubs
The International Survey on Coronavirus Complete The International Survey on Coronavirus and help an international team of researchers collect survey data on how citizens prepare and cope with the spreading Coronavirus.
LibriVox LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain which are released as audio files back on the Internet for free. Record audiobooks for books and materials created prior to 1923.
National Park Service Help shape the future of the National Park Service’s digital presence.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. Everybody has a role to play in preventing suicide, and the Lifeline has lots of ways you can take part. With your help, we can spread awareness about suicide prevention and mental health, and save lives. The network of local crisis centers that make up the Lifeline relies on dedicated and trained volunteers to help provide needed support for people in crisis.
Project Gutenberg Help proofread free online books with Project Gutenburg.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers The Smithsonian benefits from the work of thousands of passionate digital volunteers who support the organization on-site in our museums, zoo, and other facilities. Today, digital technology makes it possible for people who believe in the Smithsonian mission to make significant contributions online. "Digital Volunteers" can now take on important assignments to expand access to the Smithsonian's massive collections and can participate in a variety of research programs. Some roles require special knowledge or skill, but many do not.
Translators Without Borders Apply to help translate documents, if you have another en_us skill, with Translators Without Borders.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) The United Nations Volunteers program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device.
Zooniverse The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers.