How to be successful as a virtual, remote or pro bono volunteer?
Virtual volunteering allows you to commit your time and services away from the physical site of an organization, project, or campaign. Some refer to virtual volunteers as E-Volunteers, Cyber Volunteers, Digital Volunteers etc., The defining feature key of virtual volunteers is that they work over via computer, tablet or phone to provide their time and skills to support a cause that is important to them.
In order to successfully volunteer virtually, we recommend having a computer, laptop, tablet or phone available. The more technology you have, the easier it will be to communicate, set expectations and provide updates. There are technology tool options to help faciliate communication (email and phone), online chat (Google Chat, Slack, Messenger, Whatsapp, etc.), and project or task management (Google Docs, Google Sheets, Asana, Todoist, Trello etc.,) to ensure a successful outcome.
In many instances, we recommend a strong internet connection to simplify communication between you and the organization overseeing the project or activity. A strong internet connection allows you to dial-in, Facetime, or join a webinar (through online conferencing tool like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex, Hangouts, etc.) all online.
Email & Phone Number
There are many email servicees like (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail and more) that are free and available to use. There are also phone numbers and online services you can utilize in order to text and call without having to provide your own personal phone number. Having an email and phone number will help facilitate better communication between you and the volunteer coordinator while working virtual and remotely.