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National Volunteer Week: Volunteering in an Instant

National Volunteer Week 2014

We celebrate National Volunteer Week because we are inspired by our volunteers and want you to have the same kind of transformational experience. Each day we are delivering a post about taking action and encouraging individuals to be at the center of social change – discovering and demonstrating a collective power to make a difference. Check out the kick-off message and get motivated to give back.

Sometimes life doesn’t allow us to take the time to get out and volunteer. Daily routines and busy schedules occupy our lives, not leaving much room to give back to the community. Lucky for you, there are other ways to give back in a matter of minutes through micro or virtual volunteering. Check out these organizations that let you participate without making a big commitment:

  • Free Rice
    Free Rice is a website that encourages both education and giving at the same time. Choose a category, answer the question correctly and they will donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger—it’s that simple!
  • Online shopping and giving back can happen at the same time if you know where to shop. Check out our post on the Amplifier Hub to learn more about retailers like Warby Parker or Baby Teresa that provide Microvolunteering or buy-one-give-one opportunities with every purchase. Hallmark also provides an opportunity to give back to CaringBridge while purchasing greeting cards for the caregivers in your life. Check out the complete caring card collection on the Hallmark site. Make sure to put in the code CARE20 to receive 20% off your purchase.
  • Idealist.org
    On Idealist.org, you can search out virtual opportunities that you want to support. The volunteering options range from a few minutes to as long as you want—it’s up to you.
  • Voolla
    A great opportunity for crafters: sell your creations for charity on Voolla, an online marketplace where volunteers with specific skills are matched to buyers of those skills, with the proceeds going to your selected organization.

Share your favorite low-impact way to make a difference in our comments section below.

About the Author:

Laura Ashburn works as a Content Specialist in San Diego. In her free time she enjoys cooking whenever she can and spending time exploring California and all it has to offer.

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