The year 2020 has not been kind to us. Propagated from China (early 2020) to the west coast of the United States and Europe, and then to the east coast of the United States, the recent coronavirus pandemic has left us in quite a lonely state as we are ought to abide by the social distancing rules and self-isolation. To avoid being infected by the deadly virus, we must wear face masks, stay at home at all times unless absolutely necessary, sanitize daily, exercise social distancing, and take a number of other precautions. COVID-19 is a public health problem that has claimed the lives of many people in a short period of time, beginning with the first outbreak in Wuhan, China. It is the third leading cause of death in the United States in that year, many families have grieved over the deaths of their loved ones who have succumbed to the deathly wails of the coronavirus.
Volunteering in California has proven to be difficult to do any ongoing activities of help due to the fact that the health law must be obeyed to reduce the cases into a flat zero. And it sure is gonna take a long time to achieve such a goal considering there are those who are too stubborn to follow the rules. Nevertheless, volunteer enthusiasts in the entire world, including California, will definitely find the entire situation saddening and full of loneliness considering that volunteering usually involves a lot of people to get together and live up the spirit of teamwork. It would be odd to do everything alone with no people to talk to, to have fun with and to create new friendly bonds.
However, that does not mean volunteering is entirely impossible in the middle of this pandemic. We live in a technological evolution where everything is attainable. Volunteering does not really have to be a face-to-face practice, but it can be online too! There are a surprising number of volunteer work you can do virtually and you are free to spread kindness and help to anyone who needs it out there. Moreover, you can still make new friends from these platforms so you do not have to feel so left out anymore. Without further ado, here is how you can be actively involved in online volunteering in California while staying at home:
Never underestimate the power of youth. While they are biologically young, their mature minds are unbeatable. If you are among these young people who uses social media platforms like Instagram and buy likes for that high engagement to spread social awareness such as racism, the Palestinian cause, sexual assault and many others, DoSomething empowers young people to make a difference in the world, both online and offline. You are able to willingly do the projects to assist in the resolution of real-world issues. Some campaigns that have been running touch on mental health issues, social injustices, gun violence and more.
Translators Without Borders
Are you bilingual/trilingual/multilingual who are more than happy to teach people to practice other languages and master the arts of accents and conversations? Translators Without Borders is a well-known nonprofit organization that blends language skills with humanitarian assistance for those who are fluent in more than one language. Volunteers who are experts in various languages can lend a hand at translating for foreign organizations that focus on disaster relief, health, and education (10 million words a year!). It does not hurt to build two or more multi-language fluent people to communicate with people around the world via online.
The root of all virtual volunteering established in 1971, this initiative began all prior to the pandemic. Project Gutenberg, having derived its name from a German innovator Johannes Gutenberg, aims to build the largest digital library. Since the start of the operation, they have already collected 59,000 free eBooks thanks to the contribution of the volunteers. Be one of these volunteers and start donating and providing appropriate resources, transcribing books into digital form, or proofreading the work of others for a better form for manuscript by grammar and composition.
United Nation Volunteers
Do not limit yourself within California and go beyond the borders! Go for international causes and expand your horizons in online volunteering to a global scale by signing yourself up to be a part of the United Nation Volunteers as a place to start. With volunteers coming from 187 countries, this organization links you with many other organizations that are working for peace and prosperity and are in need of skills such as science, writing, photography, and design. There is also Online Volunteers which acts as a valuable resource for assisting United Nations entities and other agencies in their missions.