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92% Satisfaction
Last year, more than 92% of United Nations volunteers and NFPs rated their virtual volunteering experience as ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ Why is virtual volunteering so satisfying? And what is it, anyway?
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August 26th, 2014

Written by volunteer, Getinvolved user, and university student Jessica Chapman. Find her on Twitter @JessicaJaimie47

As a student enterinvirtualvolunteer getinvolvedg the first year of my MA, I?m increasingly apprehensive about the thing I keep hearing from friends, peers, and the media: the job market is dismal. I know that a Master?s degree won?t guarantee a foot in the door, so I?m getting a leg up on the competition by seeking experience early.

After some brainstorming and research, it became clear that volunteering would be the best way for me to gain the experience I need. Like many students, I was having trouble finding a part-time job in my field. But, as it turns out, there?s no shortage of volunteer positions available. Many of these opportunities were actually for virtual volunteers, meaning that they could be done from anywhere. And that turned out to be perfect for me!

Virtual volunteering is so convenient

Despite being a communications student, it never occurred to me how many volunteer positions in my field could be done entirely online. The ability to volunteer from my smartphone, wherever and whenever I have the time, means that I can continue to volunteer during the school year and stay on top of my hectic schedule.

Virtual volunteering isn?t limited to communications or technology positions either! It can include, outreach, teaching, consulting, and so many other roles.

The world is your oyster

Volunteering virtually opens up so many more opportunities because it does away with geographic restrictions. The organization that I?m currently working with is Foster a Child to Excel in Society, which is in Montréal. Although I?m based in Ottawa, as a virtual volunteer I?m able to choose from an endless list of organizations, which presents more opportunities and gives me the chance to find an organization that is the perfect fit for me.

The most challenging part of finding the right position was narrowing down the skills I wanted to acquire and determining where I could exercise those skills. To strengthen my abilities in communications, I decided it would be best to gain experience writing blogs and managing social media channels. These skills are essential in my field. From there, I browsed through volunteer postings until I found an organization with a mandate that resonated with me, because it?s much easier and more fulfilling to write about topics that you care about!

The Outcome

As a volunteer blogger and social media coordinator, I?ve had the opportunity to engage in conversations that are important to me while adding meaningful skills and experience to my resume. For me, virtual volunteering is a perfect fit because I?m simultaneously helping a great cause, staying on top of my schoolwork, and acquiring skills that will make me a competitive candidate in my field.

Go to Getinvolved.ca and browse virtual opportunities by searching for ones marked with  vv

Find volunteers like Jessica here

 

June 15th, 2013
Virtual Volunteers

More than 92% of volunteers and NFPs rate their virtual volunteering experience as ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ Why is virtual volunteering so satisfying? And what is it, anyway?

 

November 13th, 2012
Get Involved & Volunteer Canada's VQ

On the path to volunteer recruitment, it takes 5-7 touch points between the time a person to finds out about an opportunity to actually getting involved. Keeping your volunteers interested in getting involved can be a challenge. Using Getinvolved.ca’s Volunteer Quiz is a fun, interesting way for volunteers to learn a little bit about themselves.

 

July 30th, 2012
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Raising funds is one of the ways to get involved with your favourite charity or non-profit. And with many websites popping up designed to help you solicit donations from your friends and family, fundraising has never been easier — and more fun — than ever.

 

July 5th, 2012
Instagram Photo of Darling Harbour in Sydney

By Guest Blogger: Kelly Bergeron at Ontario 211
f you have yet to become a member of NTEN (Nonprofit Technology Network), this post may convince you to run out and get yourself (and your organization) a membership. Thanks to them, I was lucky enough to win a full scholarship to attend the Connecting Up conference, a nonprofit tech, marketing and social media conference in Sydney, Australia.

 

June 20th, 2012
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May 15th, 2012
A collage of social media website logos.

A picture is worth a thousand words, but in social media, not all images are created equal.

 

June 27th, 2011
iPod with orange podcast icon next to it

Non-profit organizations are always hunting for new, innovative ways to share their stories and interact with their networks. Podcasts can serve as an effective brand-building tool for non-profits.

 

May 21st, 2011
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Since our re-launch on March 7th we’ve been outreaching to individuals and organizations to get their feedback on our improvements. We’ve completed our first survey and are thrilled with the feedback.

 

March 4th, 2011
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Having TVO as a partner brings new opportunities everyday. But on Sunday I had my first immersion in their most recent innovation – Agenda Camp .