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Virtual volunteering
Minutes to an hour. A unique feature of online volunteering is
that it can be done from a distance. People with restricted
mobility or other special needs participate in ways that might
not be possible in traditional face-to-face volunteering.

Online volunteering may allow people to overcome social
inhibitions and social anxiety, particularly if they would normally
experience disability-related labeling or stereotyping.

This empowers people who might not otherwise volunteer.
It can build self-confidence and self-esteem while enhancing
skills and extending networks and social ties.

Online volunteering also allows participants to adapt their
program of volunteer work to their unique skills and passions.

People engaged in virtual volunteering undertake a variety of
activities from locations remote to the organization or people
they are assisting, via a computer or other Internet-connected
device, such as:

  • researching subjects
  • writing
  • creating web pages for this site
  • editing or writing proposals, press releases, newsletter
    articles, church bulletin.
  • translating documents
  • scanning documents
  • bible counseling
  • tutoring or mentoring students
  • moderating online discussion groups
  • answering questions
  • managing other online volunteers
Benefit of God's ." Online volunteering has eliminated the need for volunteerism to be tied to specific times and locations.

It greatly increases the freedom and flexibility of volunteer engagement and complements the outreach and impact of volunteers
serving. Most online volunteers engage in operational and managerial activities such as fundraising, technological support,
communications, marketing and consulting. Increasingly, they also engage in activities such as research and writing and leading e-mail
forum discussion groups.

Online micro-volunteering is also an example of virtual volunteering and crowdsourcing, where volunteers undertake assignments
via their PDAs or smartphones. These volunteers either aren't required to undergo any screening or training by the nonprofit for such
tasks, and do not have to make any other commitment when a micro-task is completed, or, have already undergone screening or
training by the nonprofit, and are therefore approved to take on micro-tasks as their availability and interests allow.

Online micro-volunteering his more than 30-year-old practice of online volunteering. The phrase "micro-volunteering" is usually
credited to a San Francisco-based nonprofit called The Extraordinaries

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