4 Ways to Volunteer Online for Community Service


When you give back to the community, you make a positive impact on the lives of others. While before, it was a huge commitment to commute to and from volunteer opportunities, these days you can engage in community service from just about anywhere. All you need is a computer and a stable wifi connection and you’re ready to go.

While you might be more than willing to commit some time to volunteer for a good cause, not everyone knows where to look. Luckily, we have some suggestions. Below, we have outlined some of our favorite online community service opportunities.

1. Empower Work

volunteerEmpower Work is a company dedicated to creating healthy workspaces where employees have the proper support to thrive. To that end, they connect employees to peer counselors who help talk through workplace issues.

If you volunteer as a peer counselor, you’re able to work one-on-one with employees and directly help them work through difficult problems. Those with experience keeping a cool head in stressful situations make for the perfect counselor.

2. Learn To Be

The nonprofit Learn To Be provides an online tutoring service to help underserved children in their mission to succeed academically. Whether you have a high school or college education, your help as a volunteer could help jumpstart a kid’s educational journey.  

As a volunteer, you would be paired with a child and work one-on-one toward accomplishing their goals. This opportunity could be particularly rewarding for those looking to become childcare workers or teachers in the future. 

3.  Distributed Proofreaders

volunteerIf you enjoy reading, you might want to volunteer for Distributed Proofreaders. Distributed Proofreaders is a website that converts books from the Public Domain into e-books. When you volunteer, you simply proofread scanned pages to make sure they are being converted properly into accessible text. 

This is a particularly great option for those who are searching for a flexible volunteer opportunity. You can commit as little or as much time as you want. 

4. Change.org

Through Change.org you can create online petitions to support a cause you’re passionate about. Gather signatures from members in and outside of your community who support the same cause. The more signatures you get, the more persuasive your petition will be to policymakers.

If you have leadership experience or a strong network, you should consider creating a petition for a just cause. When you spearhead a successful petition, you feel empowered and realize that your voice makes a difference.


These days, it’s easier than ever to volunteer online and help others. Using the above suggestions, you can serve a just cause from anywhere with a wifi connection. To learn more about online community service, check out the infographic below.