Virtual Volunteering – Making a Difference from Home

Intergenerational Volunteering

10 ways you can make a difference from the comfort of your home.

We can’t be together, but it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected.

  1. Learn more about the resources being mobilized in your community. Check out groups like AARP’s Community Connections to find out about opportunities to request or offer help!
  2. A good old-fashioned phone call. Calling a friend who is socially isolated – an old friend, a distant family member, a current or former colleague goes a long way. And, it’s not only older adults who need phone calls right now – call a young person in your life to find out how remote school is going. Perhaps they could use some tutoring from you!
  3. Share your skills with a local non-profit! Are you a writer, former teacher, love talking to people or have another unique skills? 

Community organizations can use your help in so many ways. Here are a few ideas:

    • Writing thank you notes, improving written or web content, social media outreach!
    • Research funding opportunities or partnership opportunities.
    • Design of flyers or websites
    • Making phone calls to share information about events, action alerts or donation opportunities.
    • Making calls or writing letters to elected officials and other decision-makers to support a cause.
    • Make calls to thank donors!
    • Tutoring or mentoring opportunities.
    • Make gifts – sewing masks, greeting cards or more.

Not sure which skills you would like to offer or how to choose? Contact SAGE for a one-on-one conversation on how YOU can make a difference.

Volunteer with SAGE – Current Opportunities HERE

Other Opportunities:

A Call to Care: They’re facilitating a pen-pal exchange between all generations — people who give one another a sense of safety, community and purpose in this time of isolation. Some prefer text, others call or video chat. Learn more here.

Careervillage.org: COVID-19 is causing a spike in student questions about careers. Give career advice to young people online via this online platform where students ask questions of people with experience in particular fields.

Crisis Text Line: Volunteering as a counselor during the time of COVID-19 is one way to help others right now. Crisis Text Line’s counselors commit to volunteering four hours per week, up to 200 hours, typically over one year. To prepare for dealing with issues such as self-harm, suicide, depression, bullying and gender/sexual identity, volunteers undergo a 30-hour online training program. Two-thirds of crisis situations for young people occur at night, so night owls and early risers may find a good fit here.