Do you long to have volunteers tell your history in the classroom? Skype can help. A fledgling program called Skype in the Classroom is an effort to allow teachers to invite speakers for no cost to their classrooms. Since its 2011 beginnings more than 48,000 teachers have joined the service and 1 million students have participated.
Trained volunteers can visit local classrooms with background and experience on the problem the organization addresses, the history behind a historic venue, background on efforts to repair an outdoor venue, and so much more. This is a way to get the organization into more locations, educate young people about volunteering, and provide a new job challenge for experienced volunteers. What’s not to love.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy (3/14/13) featured brief stories on innovative uses of mobile apps that are meeting a variety of needs across the world.
Red Cross has an app that provides information on dealing with emergencies.
A coalition of organizations in Minnesota has created a smart phone text hotline aimed at preventing teenage suicide.
Bird counting takes on the digital world through the Audubon Society’s mobile app. Take hike, spot a woodpecker and record it.
Circle of Six in Oakland, CA has mobile app to help keep young women keep potentially dangerous situations from escalating. There are examples in the article.
Get a committee of tech savvy folks and brainstorm ideas to provide services that volunteers can oversee delivered via smart phones. Start small and partner in the community with other like-minded folks.
Statistics for 2012 show that 50% of Americans have smart phones. In 2011 it was 36%. What are you waiting for?