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So, What Are You Doing To Engage Virtual Volunteers?
There is a plan somewhere in the organization
to engage virtual volunteers. These are people whose service to the cause
comes with the click of a mouse or tracker pad. It seems a new concept...not
comfortable? Best get with the plan and find those positions. AARP, the
US based organization serving the older community is promoting this type
of volunteering. Check out their Web site for more information and ideas
that can spur you to creative thinking for your organization.
The site offers an array of ideas for ways seniors who are computer savvy (and there are plenty of them out there) can get involved and do good work. Here is a sampling.
So, what can virtual volunteers do for your organization? Check out these ideas.
Grant writing - Grant writing is multifaceted. You need someone to do research on needs; hard evidence that frequently comes from governmental sources. A great job for a volunteer. What about copy editing? That is checking for typos, bad grammar or syntax. Some organizations ask volunteers to find possible grant sources. The list of possible jobs in this area seems endless.
Design questions - some experienced people can help with design issues. Recruit an expert to look at your Web site and give you the truth about its effectiveness in recruiting volunteers, as an example. Share a logo or brochure and get suggestions for change. Students in graphic design are often looking for real projects to put in a portfolio. Let them design something for your organization.
Raise money on eBay - Volunteers can organize the sale of items on auction sites, like eBay. It can be done on an individual basis. For example, I sell my old books and the proceeds go to my favorite organization. An ambitious volunteer could organize a group of other people to do the same thing and increase the $$ going to the organization.
Translations - Would you love to have print material in several languages? A virtual volunteer, with the right credentials, could work on this type of project.
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