COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERING

Community Service is an opportunity to help underprivileged women and students reach their leadership potential by sharing knowledge about your career. Regardless of what level you are in your career, your time can make a huge impact! WICT NY partners with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools (TYWLS) and Grace Institute for Community Service initiatives. Click on the TYWLS and Grace Institute links under the Community Service tab to find out more about each partner organization.  Whether you are able you to volunteer in person or virtually, the WICT NY Volunteer and Giving Back Committee has an opportunity for you to be of service.

The WICT NY Volunteer and Giving Back Committee serves the dual purpose of partnering with external nonprofit organizations that emphasize career and leadership opportunities for women and girls, and providing internal organizational support via volunteer sourcing for various WICT NY events.

 

WICT NY was the proud recipient of two awards from WICT National in 2018 for Community Service and Mentoring Excellence!!  It’s all thanks to the dedication and hard work of our engaged and dynamic membership.  Volunteer opportunities with our nonprofit partners currently include: 

 

 

Grace Institute

As part of their programming, Grace Institute offers its graduates excellent career support and WICTNY volunteers are there to help! Volunteer opportunities with Grace Institute include:  

  • Grace Buddies!  WICTNY gives annual memberships to a select group of Grace Institute Graduates. An existing WICTNY member is assigned as a Grace Buddy to help them navigate WICT programming and events throughout the year. 
  • Converse with Confidence: Spend an hour or so performing mock interviews with soon-to-be graduates to get them comfortable in interview situations. 
  • Dress with Grace: Help sort the donations and create a boutique for Dress with Grace, a bi-annual clothing drive for work-appropriate attire.  Or lead a team at your company to solicit donations (details to come in Spring 2019). 
  • This is a great way to share your experiences with a very deserving group of hard working women!  
  • Find out more about Grace Institute here: http://www.graceinstitute.org 

 

Sign up for the WICT NY Volunteer Committee mailing list to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities, : http://eepurl.com/gdm8pb 

 

To join the Volunteer & Giving Back Committee, please contact Lori Kaufmann and Katherine Wells:  wictny.volunteers@gmail.com  

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Nonprofit Link Cause Opportunity Activity entails
Smithsonian https://www.si.edu/volunteer/DigitalVolunteers Arts/Culture Transcription Citizen scholars are invited to transcribe historic documents including diaries and working papers of prominent Americans and records associated with the Smithsonian’s vast scientific collections. Transcription makes these important materials more accessible to researchers around the world, as well as the general public.
Ted Talks https://www.ted.com/participate/translate Arts/Culture Translation Help to translate Ted Talks into other languages.
LibriVox https://librivox.org/pages/volunteer-for-librivox/ Arts/Culture Record a story Read and record chapters of books in the public domain no longer under copyright and make them available for free on the Internet.
Library Of Congress https://crowd.loc.gov/ Arts/Culture Transcription Improve access to history by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging Library of Congress documents. Help the Library of Congress make its document catalog searchable.
The Granny Cloud http://thegrannycloud.org/ Children Mentoring Members of the Granny Cloud interact with groups of children via Skype, engaging them in conversation and in activities of various kinds, such as reading and telling stories, craft activities, solving puzzles and exploring big questions. The role of the Granny includes provoking curiosity, asking questions, listening attentively and providing warm encouragement.
Happy Hope Factory https://www.flipsnack.com/happyhopefactory/hope-reads-flyer/full-view.html Children, Health, Arts & Culture Record a story Record yourself reading a childrens book in English or Spanish. Recordings will be compiled and made available at
www.happyhopefactory.org for any child to access when they want to
hear a story. Listening to a story provides children with comfort, fun
distractions, a chance to use their imaginations, and opportunities to
strengthen their literacy skills. Through Hope Reads, children will be
able to hear their most-loved stories any time they want or discover
a new favorite that will help brighten their day.
AARP https://createthegood.aarp.org/ Community Building Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for in-person or virtual volunteer projects. Do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer.
BuildOn https://www.instagram.com/buildon/ Community Building Various Follow BuildOn’s instagram account to learn about new at-home volunteer opportunities every week.
Charity Miles https://charitymiles.org/ Community Building Virtual fundraising On this app, log exercise & movement like running, walking, dancing, biking, etc. For every mile you move, you help earn money for your charity from our corporate sponsorship pool.
Fotition (not a nonprofit) http://www.fotition.com/ Community Building Virtual fundraising Enter photo challenges & post photos to raise money and awareness for the things you care about.
Idealist https://www.idealist.org/en/ Community Building Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for in-person or virtual volunteer projects.
7 Cups https://www.7cups.com/listener/become-a-volunteer-listener.php Crisis Counseling Counseling support Give emotional support over online chat to people who reach out and needs someone to talk to.
Crisis Text Line https://www.crisistextline.org/volunteer/ Crisis Counseling Counseling support Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely — anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. Note – serious subject matter.
The Trevor Project https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Crisis Counseling LGBTQ Counseling support Sign up to chat/text with young people struggling with issues such as LGBTQ identity or depression. Note: Serious subject matter.
Be My Eyes https://www.bemyeyes.com/ Disabilities Communication Download an app that connects you to blind and low-vision people who need visual assistance.
Bookshare https://www.bookshare.org/cms/ Disabilities Literacy support Help people with print disabilities read, from scanning and proofreading texts to describing images.
Learning Ally https://go.learningally.org/ Disabilities Literacy support Empower dyslexic, blind, and visually impaired students to succeed in school, and in life. Help make audiobooks by narrating, listening & providing feedback, or QA testing.
I Could Be https://www.icouldbe.org/ Education/College Access Mentoring The mission of iCouldBe is to provide high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life.
iMentor https://imentor.org/get-involved/become-a-mentor Education/College Access Mentoring Mentor a high school student as they begin the college exploration & application process.
Infinite Family https://www.infinitefamily.org/ Education/College Access Mentoring Infinite Family’s video mentoring program, combined with additional activities, workshops and curricula, supports South African teens in building core skills in five areas: education, technology literacy, career preparation, and communication and life skills.
Career Village https://www.careervillage.org/ Education/College Access, Careers Job/Interview prep Answer crowdsourced questions from underrepresented youth about careers and job opportunities.
CodePath https://codepath.org/volunteer Education/College Access, Careers Job/Interview prep & Technology Provide guidance to a student as they prep for interviews, evaluate job opportunities and pursue meaningful careers in tech by mentoring students leading workshops, or co-hosting events.
Chemo Angels https://www.chemoangels.com/angel-pre-app Health Letter writing Send uplifting cards & letters to adult cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Amnesty International https://decoders.amnesty.org/projects/decode-urgent-actions Humanitarian Response Research Amnesty Decoders is a platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents. Projects vary but focus on international crises. Note – serious subject matter.
Red Cross https://redcrosschat.org/digitalvolunteer/ Humanitarian Response Social media monitoring Digital volunteers assist the social engagement team by monitoring online conversations for disaster-affected people who may need Red Cross help, sharing important disaster updates and resources through their personal social media accounts and offering a compassionate voice to people who have been impacted
Translators without Borders https://translatorswithoutborders.org/volunteer/ Humanitarian Response Translation Translators without Borders depends on volunteers to translate millions of words, but also to help us run the organization. We work with volunteers who have all kinds of great skills – and many learn new skills that they can use in their jobs. You can volunteer with TWB if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language.
Missing Maps https://www.missingmaps.org/ Humanitarian Response Data Participate in an open, collaborative project to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
U.S. Digital Response to COVID-19 https://www.usdigitalresponse.org/ Humanitarian Response Various skills-based volunteer projects Through a newly launched cross-sector effort, volunteers with relevant experience such as healthcare, data, engineering and product development, general management, operations, supply chain, procurement and more can help government agencies and organizations troubleshoot issues around the pandemic.
Tarjmaly https://www.tarjim.ly/en Immigration/Refugees Translation Multilingual volunteers can download the Tarmaly app and connect with refugees or immigrants that need documents or other items translated.
Upwardly Global https://www.upwardlyglobal.org/all-news/covid-19-impacting-upglo-community-heres-can-help/ Immigration/Refugees, Careers Job/Interview prep Support immigrant job seekers in your field through informational interviews, mock interviews and English language coaching to help them secure a job.
All for Good https://www.allforgood.org/ Pro-bono Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for in-person or virtual volunteer projects.
Catch A Fire https://www.catchafire.org/volunteer?name_filter=&type_filter=1&type_filter=2&page=1 Pro-bono Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for projects that need volunteers with skills including writing & editing, HR, web design, and marketing.
MicroMentor https://www.micromentor.org/ Pro-bono Business-focused mentorship Mentor entreprenuers from around the world to help small businesses thrive. Converse directly with entrepreneurs or answer questions they pose on a message board.
Taproot https://www.taprootplus.org/ Pro-bono Various skills-based volunteer projects Application process. Share your skills and background, available time commitment with Taproot Foundation and pick out a project that you’d like to assist with. Taproot will review your application, match you with a nonprofit and facilitate an introduction to a nonprofit that you will be consulting with.
UN Volunteers https://www.onlinevolunteering.org/en Pro-bono Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for projects that need volunteers with skills including writing & editing, outreach & advocacy, translation, research, art and design, etc.
Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org/ Pro-bono Various skills-based volunteer projects Sign up for in-person or virtual volunteer projects.
Ancestry.com https://blogs.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject/?page_id=1023 Science/Research Archiving Help to type and archive records that would be made public for free to those interested in geneology.
National Park Service https://www.nps.gov/subjects/digital/getinvolved.htm Science/Research Web development/testing Assist the NPS web team with the testing and evaluation of web products. Your feedback will be used to enhance and improve the online offerings of the National Park Service.
Zooniverse https://www.zooniverse.org/get-involved Science/Research Data/Beta Testing The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. The main ways of volunteering are helping us with classifications on data, being a beta tester on projects we’ve yet to launch, and being a moderator for a project.
Soldiers Angels https://soldiersangels.org/Virtual-Volunteer-Opportunities.html Veterans Correspondence Write letters or cards to deployed soldiers, veterans or military families. Varied opportunities available.
Operation Gratitude https://28zynx7e84y43nfqd3f09vk1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/VOLUNTEERING-FROM-HOME-3.2020-1.pdf Veterans Various volunteer projects From letter writing and paracord bracelet making, Operation Gratitude provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to thank those who are serving our country.
ACP https://www.acp-usa.org/ Veterans, Careers Job/Interview prep Offer career expertise and guidance to veterans and military spouses.
Hire Heroes USA https://www.hireheroesusa.org/volunteer/ Veterans, Careers Job/Interview prep Support veterans or military spouses in their job search or careers by helping with mock interviewws, resume tips and career counseling.
Npower https://www.npower.org/get-involved/volunteer/ Veterans, Careers Job/Interview prep & Technology IT professionals from senior executives to new hires are encouraged to share their career knowledge and experience with veterans, military spouses, and young adults in underserved communities.
YWLN and Grace Institute also offer other Community Service events throughout the year. Click on the TYWLS and Grace Institute tabs for more information.

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