Recently, online volunteering has been on the rise in Sri Lanka. It is quickly gaining popularity with people of all ages because of the COVID-19 situation. As the globe becomes more digitally connected, this way of volunteering is becoming more convenient and more comfortable to integrate into the lives of everyday people. Just as Google made research easy, and streaming services made TV and movies available on-demand, online volunteering is making volunteering convenient for all people. In fact, for some volunteers, like introverted and shy people who would not like to volunteer in-person, this “drawback” can even be a bonus & is among the many reasons why people are choosing to become online volunteers.
Here are five ways that online volunteering is bringing volunteering into the future:
1. Flexibility when volunteering online
Most people need to volunteer but don’t have time because of their work life. Online volunteer services let workers not only to volunteer when their time suffices but to change their commitments from one day to another or one week to another. So whether volunteers work late, or have surprise plans, or don’t have a fixed schedule, volunteering online fits into volunteers’ lives in any way they want it.
HELP.LK is built to allow its volunteers to tutor or coach as flexibly as possible.
2. Reaching the Right Person at the Right Time
Online volunteers have this massive opportunity to help people who are in need & who can’t be reached in-person by volunteers. Help.lk, for example, is built to help students who can’t access on-demand help after a busy day full of classes and other activities.
Since we live in a digital world, where online services are often more accessible than in-person, online volunteering lets volunteers to reach all kinds of people who are in need. Help.lk is available to all students who have access to the Internet via a computer or mobile phone.
3. Inclusivity and Accessibility
Many Sri Lankans like to volunteer but can’t leave homes easily for various reasons. Whether these volunteers are disabled, elderly, introverted, concerned for their safety, too young to leave the house, or in-house mom or housewives. Online volunteering allows them to volunteer from their own home.
4. Lots of People, Many Places, much more Opportunities
Online volunteering is a fascinating way for volunteers to meet people from diverse places across the country. Help, for example, allows volunteers to help school students from all over the country.
Online volunteering also allows volunteers to find a greater variety of opportunities that are available in their immediate area. In this way, volunteers can find the opportunities that are just right for them, and that makes the kind of impact that they are most inspired by.
5. Save Time (And Money) by online volunteering
One of the main benefits of online volunteering is “the maximum use of time and the reduction of travel time.” Online volunteers save time, volunteer whenever they want to without worrying about whether their schedule will accommodate the travel. They can also try out several different volunteer opportunities quickly, to figure out what’s right for them.
Even though volunteering is challenging to incorporate into working life, thanks to Help.lk, it is becoming easier every day to find the right opportunity for you and jump right in. If you think online volunteering might be right for you, learn more about HELP’s online tutoring platform here!