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Thursdays in Black: Volunteer Online!

Thursdays in Black official logo

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a bi-weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

The UNV Online Volunteering Service

Why I Chose This Link:

The UN Online Volunteering site is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: ways to volunteer, and find volunteers, online. For those of us with busy lives who want to help out but don’t have the time or can’t commit to a volunteer schedule “in real life,” this is absolutely perfect. You get to choose the positions you apply for and you don’t have to be limited by your geographical location any longer. There’s something for everyone!

From their FAQ:

What is an online volunteer?

An online volunteer is an individual who commits her/his time and skills over the Internet, freely and without financial considerations, for the benefit of society.

How does online volunteering work?

The Online Volunteering service offers a database of online volunteering opportunities submitted by development organizations worldwide. Interested individuals identify opportunities that match their interests, expertise and skills, and submit their applications directly to the organizations, which select the volunteers they would like to engage in their activities.

Does UNV screen organizations?

Development organizations that apply for registration are screened against the eligibility criteria before they can use the Online Volunteering service. Organizations are eligible if they are officially registered, non-profit, active in the field of sustainable human development, non-discriminatory and in compliance with the Charter and policies of the United Nations.

Check out the website and register. It’s free, it’s fun, and best of all, it’s making a difference.

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