Virtual Service Opportunities

It is no surprise that the future of volunteering and service work is rapidly changing. All of the changes that are happening will not be short-lived and we have the unique advantage of reimagining how we do this work. 

At Break Away, we are looking for opportunities to continue active citizenship and informed participation — even and especially in the middle of a pandemic. Now is the time to do what is right and pursue a just and equitable society. We are truly better together. 

The world we wish to see will happen through collective work and hyper-local engagement. Here we have started a list that will be added to as community organizations make their virtual opportunities known to us. 

Have a service project to suggest? 

Email us at breakaway@alternativebreaks.org

*Updated September 10, 2020

Accessibility

  • Bookshare – Help people with disabilities access the written world by scanning books or cleaning up the files used to create accessible books. 
  • The Human Voicebank – All you have to do is read a few sentences to contribute your voice to be used in assistive technology for people who are unable to vocalize.

Community Building

  • Senior Homies – swap stories with an older adult to decrease isolation during COVID-19.
  • StoryCorps  – remind the nation that every story matters and every voice counts. Add to the conversation.

COVID-19

  • Write letters to healthcare workers. All you have to do is visit this site and fill out the volunteer form. You can write them a traditional letter or send a digital text or photo message.
  • Get in touch with your local representatives concerning advocacy issues caused by COVID-19. 
  • Help raise awareness and support for PPE, ventilators, and senior support through Health4theWorld.

Education

  • Provide high schoolers tutoring in math or science, SAT prep, or college counseling with UPchieve

Environmental

  • Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy, or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
  • Test, evaluate, or develop elements of the National Park Services online presence.

Housing

  • Shelter the World – You can further the cause of global housing by signing up as a virtual volunteer, which means helping out through social media and online awareness.

Justice + Legal Services

Mental Health

  • Answer texts from people in crisis using active listening and collaborative problem solving with Crisis Text Line.

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