Donating Your Time: Virtual Volunteering Opportunities
Virtual volunteering is an easy way that you can give back safely. You can find a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities through Points of Light, a national volunteer resource with local chapters around the country.
One easy way you can give back is by sharing your career and educational journey with students. Think of it as a career day, from the comfort of your own home. The following opportunities allow you to get involved from home by recording videos of yourself for students in elementary through high school.
- Junior Achievement – National
- Technology Access Foundation – Washington
Record a 1 – 2 minute video about your company, education, background, job title and daily experience – coming from the lens of what a high school student may like to know about your journey. Please send completed videos to Tyrone Cunningham via email: email@example.com
- Oregon Connections through STEM Oregon (powered by Nepris) – Oregon
- Nepris – National
Simple good deeds are more important than ever. When done safely and by following CDC guidelines, you can help friends, family and neighbors who are high risk or otherwise without access to support.
- Help your neighbor by grocery shopping for those who may be homebound, immunocompromised or parents and guardians that don’t have time.
- Clean it Up: Pick up trash you see in your neighborhood while wearing gloves and following CDC safety practices. SOLVE Oregon and National Environmental Education Foundation have educational information and resources that can be used in any state or city!
- Read a book! Leading story time via Facetime or Zoom for children home from school is a great way to encourage a love of learning, and help parents take a quick break during the day.
- Plant a tree or some flowers in your backyard to support your neighborhood ecosystem.
Make homemade masks for your neighbors, local hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses!
Follow these instructions and check the institution’s website or give them a call to confirm they are accepting homemade masks.
Donating Your Dollars
Community organizations are doing more than ever before to support children, families and individuals in need. We encourage you to check out a trusted source like Charity Navigator before making a new donation to a nonprofit that you haven’t worked with before, or check out some of our partners included below.
Consider these vetted nonprofit organizations that First Tech partners with year-round:
- Oregon Food Bank (Oregon)
- Second Harvest Food Bank (Silicon Valley, California)
- Placer Food Bank (Roseville, California)
- Food Lifeline (Seattle, Washington)
You can also find your local food bank on Feeding America’s website.
COVID Relief Funds
If you’d like to give specifically to COVID relief, the following foundations have created response funds to fund research and get much needed resources out to organizations and workers on the frontlines of this pandemic:
Supporting Racial Justice
There are many ways that each of us can create a more just and equitable community. Supporting racial justice organizations like the ones below is one way we can make a difference:
Learning from home has become the reality for many students and families, and with it, increased visibility around the technology access gap in our communities. Laptops and computers are essential to distance learning, but not all students have this technology at home. In Oregon alone, more than 75,000 students are without a device to support distance learning.
Free Geek in Portland, Oregon is accepting donations of technology to ensure students across Oregon can participate in virtual learning during school closures. Visit Free Geek’s website for updated information regarding technology donation sites.
Resources to Support You: Virtual Learning and Additional Engagement At Home
Educating a child at home in the midst of current events is not easy. These organizations have put together online learning resources for kids and adults to continue education and keep everyone entertained!
- Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) (Spanish & Vietnamese) – California
- Saturday Academy – Oregon
- Girl Scouts – National
- The Tech Interactive – California
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) – Oregon
- Pacific Science Center – Washington
Early Childhood Literacy
- Reading Partners – National
- Tandem Partners in Early Learning – California
- Join Virtual Storytime (English, Spanish & Cantonese)
- SMART Reading – Oregon
- Page Ahead, Story Time With Friends – Washington
Culturally-Specific Organizations Supporting Community
- Adelante Mujeres – Washington County, Oregon
- Centro Cultural de Washington County – Washington County, Oregon
- Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) – Portland, Oregon
- Urban League of Portland – Portland, Oregon
- Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – Portland, Oregon
- Sacred Heart Community Service – San Jose, California
- African American Community Service Agency – San Jose, California
- Black Girls Code – Bay Area, California
- El Centro de la Raza – Seattle, Washington
- API Chaya – Seattle, Washington