– 10 Ways to Volunteer from Home

If you would like to help others, but you’re wondering how to do so while you’re quarantining at home, there’s good news. Thanks to technology that provides virtual ways to stay in touch, you can volunteer your help and skills virtually. And if you want to take a break from technology, there are other ways you can support others from the safety of your home, as well:

Here are 10 ways you can make a difference:

1. Help People in Crisis

Did you know that suicides increase during major crises, including pandemics? You can help support people in distress by taking suicide hotline calls, through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Calls to mental health and other types of hotlines have also increased during COVID-19. Many of these hotlines, including local ones, are looking for volunteers. And if you have a computer and an Internet connection, you may be able to volunteer for Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States.

2. Tutor Kids

If you have an Internet connection, you can tutor students in need. UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income high school students in the U.S. with volunteer tutors. The United Way website allows you to search for local or national volunteer opportunities, such as virtual math tutors, reading coaches and mentors for children in foster care. Even your teenagers can help: Through TeensGive, high school students provide virtual tutoring primarily to children in grades four to 10.

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