This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
The Virtual Volunteering Project has been discontinued.
The Virtual Volunteering Project web site IS NO LONGER UPDATED.
Email addresses associated with the Virtual Volunteering Project are no longer valid.
For any URL that no longer works, type the URL into archive.org
.
For new materials regarding online volunteering, see
Jayne Cravens' web site (the section on volunteerism-related resources).
 
 
 
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NOTE

The VV Project is not currently accepting new volunteers. We are concentrating our assignments on our current volunteer ranks.

If you are looking for an online volunteering assignment, please see our resources for volunteers, which provides many leads and strategies.

The information below has been archived here to help other organizations who want to provide initial materials online to potential volunteers.

 



Just as a traditional organization will seek the involvement of people from surrounding communities, to give their neighbors a look at the organization from the inside and to build community support for its programs, the VV Project works to involve members of the cyberspace community as volunteers. This volunteer involvement adds credibility and diversity to our activities, and helps the Project put its volunteer management resources to the test. We hope our opportunities give individuals a sense of "giving back" to communities, as well as helping them to exercise and develop various skills.

Most of our online opportunities relate to online research, Web page development, and project coordination and management. All of the assignments require a great deal of reading and great attention to detail.

View this section to see what types of online assignments volunteers and interns have undertaken for us.

The Virtual Volunteering Project is part of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and some online volunteer assignments managed by the VV Project staff are in support of other Dana Center programs. We also occasionally coordinate online volunteer involvement for collaborating organizations.

We have both short-term (one - two week) and long-term (three month) volunteer opportunities and internships (unpaid) in support of the Virtual Volunteering Project.

Each assignment requires a minimum of five hours in one-two weeks.

For short-term assignments, deadlines are one-two weeks.

Respect for deadlines and commitment to seeing a task completed are critical for all online volunteers involved with the VV Project.

Online volunteers and potential interns are initially given a short virtual assignment (usually online research using Web search engines, and compiling this information into a text or .html file) that can be completed via their home or work computer in about five hours, with a two week deadline, so that they can get a feel for what it's like to volunteer with us, and we can get an understanding of a volunteer's skill level, work style and interests. After that initial assignment is completed, volunteers may be given longer assignments or another short assignment, or can withdraw from the program. Volunteers may take breaks between assignments for as long as they wish.

 
The Virtual Volunteering Project needs volunteers to:

 
 
If you are looking for a paid internship, we recommend these internship resources.
The VV Project does not have paid internships.

 
If you are interested in working directly with a particular population (such as youth or the elderly), or, if you are interested in online mentoring or other direct service activities, please see our page Finding a Virtual Opportunity; the Virtual Volunteering Project itself does NOT have these type of online opportunities available, but volunteering with us will give you the chance to develop skills and experience you can then use at such organizations.

 
More Online Resources for Volunteers

 

 
Information for those who wish to
quote from, copy and/or distribute the information on this Web site

 
If you find this or any other Virtual Volunteering Project information helpful, or would like to add information based on your own experience, please contact us.

If you do use Virtual Volunteering Project materials in your own workshop or trainings, or republish materials in your own publications, please let us know, so that we can track how this information is disseminated.


 

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This is an archived version of the Virtual Volunteering Project web site from January 2001.
The materials on the web site were written or compiled by Jayne Cravens.
The Virtual Volunteering Project has been discontinued.
The Virtual Volunteering Project web site IS NO LONGER UPDATED.
Email addresses associated with the Virtual Volunteering Project are no longer valid.
For any URL that no longer works, type the URL into archive.org
.
For new materials regarding online volunteering, see
Jayne Cravens' web site (the section on volunteerism-related resources).
 

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