Did you know a study by the London School of Economics showed people who volunteer monthly increase their odds of being “very happy” by 7 percent?
And did you also know that whenever I volunteer beside a beautiful woman those odds increase by 100 percent*?
(*I can’t verify this one, but it definitely seems true.)
Anyway, you want to make a difference in your community, but you’re busy, right? You already have a tight schedule (work, the kiddo's soccer practice and binging Stranger Things for the third time) and even though you really want to volunteer at that new food pantry, you have to drive half an hour just to get there. Plus, the 3-hour commitment doesn’t fit your availability.
Wouldn’t it be gnarly if you could volunteer from home on your own terms and do the things you love? Fear not, fair philanthropist, for the vast team of social scientists here at LewisLovesYou has assembled two great ways to be a virtual volunteer.
I love this organization. It allows anyone in crisis to text a counselor 24/7 to get fast and friendly ideas for going from a hot moment to a cool calm.
And that’s where you, good doer, come in. If you’ve ever wanted to have an immediate and life-saving impact on someone, now is your chance to become a volunteer crisis counselor.
Just go through roughly 40 hours of online training (don’t worry – it’s fun and enlightening) and before you know it, you’ll be helping people from all across the U.S. to overcome all sorts of problems.
I’ve been volunteering with this nonprofit for six months now and am constantly amazed by how much you can impact someone in under 45 minutes.
And while most of us agree that you should never expect something in return for volunteerism, CrisisTextline is sponsored by many organizations who gladly support their counselors with awesome perks such as: a free membership on Headspace, discounts on clothes and even $10,000 in scholarships to different colleges.
Want to teach English to villages in Uttar Pradesh? Create social media filters for UN Peacekeeping? Map roads and buildings in rural Tanzania to protect young girls from sex trafficking? Find endless options like these and more through this organization.
No matter what you like to do, there’s something that you can do from home to help people from all over the world. Artists, project managers, translators, programmers, and even your aloof Uncle Bob can fill a need. Be one of over 12,000 online volunteers assisting in over 180 countries.
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So, there you go. Two excellent options. Check them out and sign up now. Need further inspiration? Remember what Churchill said:
"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”