Remote (or Virtual) Volunteering

Remote or virtual volunteering allows you to commit your time and services away from the physical site of the organization, project, or event.

What is a remote volunteer?

Remote/virtual volunteering uses technology (computer, internet, online chat system & webinar) to facilitate the completion of the project or task at hand. Remote/virtual volunteering encompasses any instance of you helping an organization from a distance. They engage though projects and activities that can be done away from the organization who recruited them, supports and manages them. You can do Pro bono work or virtual volunteering to help an organization. Below is a list of the different types of remote volunteering opportunities at L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Why would you want to be a remote volunteer?

In the instance of a pandemic like COVID-19, policies encouraging shelter in place can make it difficult to volunteer and do the activities that normally require face to face and hands on activities. In these situations, providing opportunities to complete tasks remotely is of utmost importance to helping continue the critical operations of a nonprofit.

How can you be a remote volunteer or a virtual volunteer?

In many instances, if the goal or task can be done remotely and achieves a positive outcome for the organization, this is a remote volunteer opportunity. e.g., you could proof and write our monthly newsletter or create social media posts for our platforms. We may be able to provide virtual training, if you do not have the knowledge of experience in a particular area. Look through the remote/virtual volunteer opportunities below and click on the Ready to Help? button.

Communication

Newsletter Writer- L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity’s newsletter is published monthly to over 300 LCV community members and growing.  The newsletter writers will write articles on topics related to the purpose and mission of L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity. Topics may be suggested by L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity staff and board members or by other volunteers.

Proof Reader/Editor– A proofreader will look for misspellings, incorrect/missed punctuation, inconsistencies (textual and numerical), etc.  Editing, on the other hand, corrects issues at the core of writing like sentence construction and language clarity. A thorough editing will help improve the readability, clarity, and tone of the text.

Social Media Volunteer- Essential duties of the social media volunteer is to develop relevant posts to reach L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity’s target audience.  Create, schedule and manage post from various platforms, such as, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Social media has proven to be one of the most effective marketing took of recent years and many organizations are seeking social media volunteers to help maximize their exposure.

Photographer- Photographers are artists with a lens instead of a paint brush. With a camera in hand using a blend of technical skills and an artistic eye to take pictures of people, places, landscapes and objects. The volunteer is often responsible for editing their photos to fit the need of L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Video Producer– Join L-C Valley habitat for Humanity as a video producer today. Help create and develop multimedia (audio/video) content for stories, promotional videos, marketing videos, training and other projects.  We can provide some equipment and training.

Development

Grant Writing/Research– The function of a Grant writer is to gather documentation and fulfill the necessary requirements of various funding bodies to formally seek funding on behalf of the nonprofit. For many nonprofits, grants from various foundations and other funding organizations are their primary funding mechanism. Grant writing is the practice of completing an application process for a financial grant provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation, or trust. Such application processes are often referred to as either a grant proposal or a grant submission. With volunteers helping research grant opportunities and writing the grant, they are part of what makes Habitat for Humanity possible for low income families.

Community Outreach/Education

Affordable Housing Advocacy (AHA)– Get involved with L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity; help educate and bring awareness to the housing needs of people that are low income. Get the chance to engage with your local community in conversations about affordable housing and how it benefits the entire community as a whole. Through L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity you can help find solutions and create policies that will allow 10 million individuals meet their most basic needs. For more information about becoming an AHA volunteer- please contact: Deb Snyder Executive Director director@lewisclarkhabitat.org