With self-directed schedules, freelancers have the ability to branch out more than others in terms of what they can achieve beyond their careers. Perhaps you’ve been searching for constructive ways to spend the free time you might have in between jobs/projects. It’s more important than ever to bring good to the world, and there’s no better way to do so than through volunteering.
Distributed Proofreaders Team for Project Gutenberg: This is a great way to maintain or develop your proofreading skills for a cause. Project Gutenberg’s archive is filled with public domain literature that’s been converted into eBooks – and you can help them be their best selves, page by page, on your own time.
Additional volunteering opportunities with Project Gutenberg include:
DVD Project Volunteering: You’ll be helping send out Project Gutenberg material to people who don’t have Internet on a regular, high-speed basis. There's also a CD component to this that you can participate in – learn more HERE.
United Nations Volunteers:Help the United Nations with their worldwide mission of peace and development through a myriad of different volunteering opportunities. Here are some of the categories you service-minded freelancers out there can choose from:
Translators Without Borders: If you’re fluent in at least 1 other language, then you could help translate for crisis response. They sometimes have additional volunteer opportunities such as writing or web design listed HERE.
Be My Eyes:This one, an app for both Android and iOS, involves helping those who are blind or have impaired eyesight with tasks via a video call. Here’s how the process works:
Vollie: Based in Australia, this is an innovative way of connecting people with at-home volunteering opportunities that fit their skills and timetables.
The successful volunteer is the motivated volunteer. Avoid doing something just for the sake of filling up your time. Think about your skills, and how you can best apply them to the issues that matter most to you. Then, get thee to a search engine or a volunteer platform, examples of which are:
- VolunteerMatch (United States)
- United Way (United States and Worldwide)
- Do-It (United Kingdom)
- EU Aid Volunteers (Europe)
No matter where you are in the world, there’s always a way to be of help.