What do you do when you take a break?
Netflix, cook, workout?
With the restrictions on stepping out, everyone has found new ways of attending virtual parties over various apps. But have you ever attended a party for the sheer purpose of making a card for an underprivileged kid and seen them smile? That’s the beauty of virtual volunteering. It only asks for generosity of spirit.
The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) since its inception in the 1970’s has seen a gradual metamorphosis from being ‘something nice’ that companies did for society to being a necessity for doing successful business. Today, many corporates are leading with examples in choosing to make meaningful contributions to our society with the help of virtual volunteership. As an individual, it’s the easiest thing to make a monetary contribution to a cause and forget about it. But is that fulfilling enough?
More and more young people want to go the extra mile and be a part of a revolutionary change. If you are truly passionate about a cause, there are a plethora of choices for you to volunteer for, based on what change you want to see in the world – be it environmental or social. In the society we live in, we are consumed by highly demanding jobs, managing a household amidst trying to make time for some sleep. The time that we have away from our jobs is mostly spent tending to personal life, and inclusion of volunteer programs in the corporate space allows employees to find time to contribute meaningfully and easily.
For most of us, 2020 has been a different year- mentally, emotionally and physically. Only a handful can say that they have ‘not’ been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Not just the pandemic, multiple other unfortunate instances are constantly unfurling with each passing day- mental angst to social unrest. It’s the perfect time for humanity to show its solidarity, to show that the human in humanity is still alive! Working from home is giving people more time to introspect and make their existence more meaningful. Here’s where the magic of virtual volunteering comes in. As Mother Teresa rightly said, you don’t need money to do charity. Virtual volunteering has opened doors for people from different walks of life, different backgrounds to be kind, irrespective of their economical situation. Here are 3 reasons why you should volunteer virtually and make a difference:
Virtual Volunteering revolves around your time.
Even with the best intentions at heart, it is still ambitious to make time to volunteer with career-related and personal commitments taking priority.
Virtual volunteering needs 2 things, an intention of kindness and a smartphone or computer. Most of us have both. Not only can you be a part of the contribution more easily, virtual volunteering can be revolved around your own schedule, saving you time and effort as it demands no additional time for dressing up and travelling.
With such a convenient option, especially when you’re working from home, the lack of time cannot be used as an excuse to avoid volunteering.
Virtual Volunteering is will-based, not skill-based.
All of us are gifted with competences that are unique to us. Virtual volunteering requires no specific skill-set. It takes one purposeful volunteer in say, London, with a voice, literally, to record an audio-book for children with disabilities in India. How difficult is that?
Virtual Volunteering can touch lives anywhere in the world.
One of the most unique features of volunteering virtually is that you don’t need to be present in the place that you want to make a contribution to. Not just that, with the impeccable connectivity of the internet, the world has no borders anymore. This was unimaginable only about 20 years ago.
Virtual volunteering makes it so easy for immigrants who live abroad to make a change in their own country. Besides, issues like poverty and racism are global causes that affect humanity as a whole.
The time is NOW.
Virtual volunteering is engaging, convenient and easy. It requires a fraction of your free time and gives you a sense of accomplishment with little or no investment. With work-from-home being adapted widely, there is a lot more time on your hands to give back to society and make the world a happier place. There is so much disparity in the world and only we, as fellow citizens can bridge that gap. So the next time you take a break, volunteer virtually!