Virtual volunteer opportunities offer you a unique chance to volunteer your knowledge and skills to nonprofit organizations from the comfort of your home. Spouses often develop a close relationship with their volunteer organization, only to leave them after a few years when they relocate. With virtual volunteer opportunities, you can build relationships that move with you.
Virtual volunteer opportunities may involve grant writing, blogging or content development and research. The new skills and experience you gain from volunteering may help you when you search for a paid position and should help eliminate resume gaps.
The benefits you receive from volunteering may include the following:
- Connections with mentors, organizations and like-minded individuals
- Opportunities to network outside your current circle
- Career advancement through on-the-job education and training
- Fun, fulfillment and friendship
- Experiences to highlight on your resume and eliminate gaps
Virtual volunteering isn't for everyone, but it could be just what you need at this point in your mobile military life. Investigate the possibilities to determine if it makes sense for you.
Visit VolunteerMatch.org to search for virtual opportunities that suit your needs. Volunteer opportunities helping other military families are often available through Blue Star Families and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
You can also find additional information by entering 'volunteer' in the keyword search on MySECO. Speak with a SECO career coach by calling Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to receive assistance with finding volunteer opportunities. For additional guidance, use the Live Chat feature on the MySECO website.