Update January 2021: Please note! If you choose option 2, you must send us a picture to receive credit. We have received several submissions from students with no picture and cannot verify you volunteered.
Online Service Projects
Students ages 12-18 can earn service hours from home while making a difference in their community and beyond.
OPTION #1: Creating online content for the library’s website and social media pages. You can create a video, 1-3 minutes long, that either shows how to make a recipe, how to do a craft, is a book/movie/music review, or is a story read out loud. Videos can be in English or Spanish. If you make a video and we accept it, you will earn 2 hours. You may also write an article instead, like a book or movie review. Those will earn 1 hour. All content must be family-friendly and workplace appropriate.
OPTION #2: Participating on one of these activities.
Complete one of the activities below and fill out the volunteer form and send us a picture of your project. If you do not send a picture, you will not receive credit. Each project will earn you one hour, and you may do it multiple times. Please fill out a new form each time you do a project. (Thank you to the fantastic librarians at the Vernon Area Public Library for sharing this idea with us!)
Fill out the volunteer form below, then send a picture showing your completed project to firstname.lastname@example.org or as a message to the library on Facebook.
Please be sure to include your name with your picture so we know whose project it is!
By the People
Help the Library of Congress make documents searchable in their catalog. You’ll assist in transcribing (typing out) original items, many of which have never been transcribed before. Anyone can transcribe and an account is not needed.
Cards for Hospitalized Kids
Brighten a child’s day! Create as many cards as you like. Visit the website for details and instructions.
Cards of Hope
Create birthday cards for kids in foster care and brighten their day. Cards should be handmade and not store bought. Please use cardstock or construction paper and not regular paper.
Color a Smile
Print out these pages and get coloring: finished pages are sent to senior citizens and troops overseas. Follow the instructions on the website for mailing your finished pages.
Letters of Love
Write letters to the heroes of the hour — doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers. The #DearHeroes global letter-writing campaign from Letters-of-Love.org extends a hand in gratitude to the thousands of medical staff who are on the front line of the pandemic.
Write letters to members of the armed services, help create care packages, make paracord bracelets, and much more.
Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Transcription Center
Learn to transcribe (type out) historical documents and biodiversity data to make these records more accessible.
Add your experience to the social and historical record of this unprecedented time of upheaval. Click on the “Share” link on the website to write about your experience in one of these categories: I am here; I am helping; I am okay; I am not okay.
Several different digital volunteer opportunities from a variety of backgrounds, including transcribing (typing out) historical documents or helping scientists spot things in space.