Community Service Opportunities

A big thank you to our community volunteers.

Opportunities to volunteer with community organizations are below.

Amnesty Decoders
www.decoders.amnesty.org
Operated by Amnesty International, this network of digital volunteers helps conduct research into global human rights violations. Volunteers have used their phones and computers to verify the location of oil spills, find evidence of drone strikes, and flag abusive tweets to women politicians in India.

Comfort Shawls
Crochet shawls to help comfort the sick and the elderly. Email cortese.deanna@aod.org

Catchafire
www.catchafire.org
This volunteer search tool is exclusively for online volunteer projects. Each one has a timeline that can range anywhere from an hour to a few weeks. So whether you have an afternoon or several days, you can help non-profit organizations with tasks like writing thank you letters or editing photos.

Crisis Text Line
www.crisistextline.org
Here’s a perfect example of technology being used for good. Become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. If you’re at least 18 and can commit to volunteering four hours each week, you can apply to be trained for free.

DoSomething.org
www.dosomething.org
DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer online through one of our campaigns to help solve real-world problems. DoSomething members have used the internet to successfully urge Apple to diversify their emoji’s, change the dictionary definition of “Black/black”, and create the largest crowdsourced anti-bullying guide.

Project Gutenberg
www.gutenberg.org
Founded in 1971, this may just be the virtual volunteering effort that started it all. The goal is to create the largest digital library, and so far they’ve amassed 59,000 free eBooks. Volunteer by donating eligible materials, transcribing books into a digital form, or proofreading others’ work.

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Card
www.seasons.org
Seeking volunteers to help make memory bears. Memory Bears are made from the clothing that once belonged to a loved one and can bring comfort and peace for grieving families. All materials are provided. Volunteers work in the comfort of their own home using a simple four-piece pattern. For information. Call Mary Biber 800.370.8592.

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers
www.transcription.si.edu
The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex, but even they could use a little help sometimes. Help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.

Translators Without Borders
www.translatorswithoutborders.org
For those fluent in more than one language, check out this nonprofit that combines language skills with humanitarian aid. Volunteers provide translations (10 million words a year!) to international organizations that focus on crisis relief, health and education.

United Nations Volunteers
www.unv.org
If you’re looking to take your online volunteering worldwide, this is the place to start. UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design. There are over 12,000 volunteers from 187 countries lending their talents to organizations around the globe.

Zooniverse
www.zooniverse.org
Zooniverse is a platform for people-powered research that literally wouldn’t be possible (or practical) without the help of online volunteers. Spend as much or as little time as you’d like identifying endangered animals, classifying galaxy systems, or transcribing Shakespearean manuscripts.

Looking for ways to contribute remotely?

There are many opportunities for you to volunteer in the comfort of your home. I am continuing project “Happy Cards,” an ongoing project sponsored by the Henry Ford College Community Service Club. You can help by designing homemade greeting cards. The cards are mailed to local nursing home residents, Veterans Hospital in Detroit, and individuals who are sick or lonely.

Use materials that you have in your home (wrapping paper, ribbons, stickers, old cards, etc.) and create something from scratch. This project is a great way to repurpose and recycle.

This is a great educational project for children by combining community service, art, and recycling.

Contact me if you are interested. I will provide names and addresses. You will need to mail the cards. Keep track of your hours and indicate where you sent the cards.

Michele Featherston
mfeather@hfcc.edu
studentactivities@hfcc.edu