Mindful Metropolis January 2010 : Page 13

get involved WINTER if Cold CHiCAgo weather is keeping you indoors, but you still want to volunteer for a worthy cause, consider virtual volunteering. A few hours a week at your computer can have a big impact. This is an especially good option for parents caring for young children, seniors who have trouble getting around, or someone whose work or school schedule makes getting to a volunteer site challenging. It’s not diffi cult to stay warm and still make a difference this winter. Happy New Year! » Virtual options include helping fi nd solu- tions to local issues and sharing ideas with African, Asian and Latin American villages through the Global Neighbor Network, nabuur. com. Online writers and researchers are need- ed to help the Ann Foundation improve life for children with visual and hearing impairments, annfoundation.org. Or, fi nd out how to help Perverted Justice with its efforts to nab Inter- net predators at pjfi .org/?pg=howtohelp. » You can also mentor an underprivileged teen online and provide education and ca- reer planning assistance through icouldbe. org. Open Books, open-books.org, based in Chicago, offers a similar program called VWrite, which matches virtual mentors with students who need assistance with college ap- plications, goal setting, resume writing, etc. » Find a list of other virtual volunteer oppor- tunities including grant writing, fundraising, writing and research at onlinevolunteering.org and dosomething.org/volunteer/virtual. » If you have no time to spare, volunteer the idle time on your computer to help cure diseases, study global warning and other research. Check out BOINC http://boinc.berkeley.edu for a list of projects, then register and download the BOINC software and put your computer to work. —deBBie Shepard mindfulmetropolis.com 13

Get Involved - Winter

Debbie Shepard

If cold Chicago weather is keeping you indoors, but you still want to volunteer for a worthy cause, consider virtual volunteering. A few hours a week at your computer can have a big impact. This is an especially good option for parents caring for young children, seniors who have trouble getting around, or someone whose work or school schedule makes getting to a volunteer site challenging. It’s not difficult to stay warm and still make a difference this winter. Happy New Year!<br /> <br /> »» Virtual options include helping find solutions to local issues and sharing ideas with African, Asian and Latin American villages through the Global Neighbor Network, nabuur.com. Online writers and researchers are needed to help the Ann Foundation improve life for children with visual and hearing impairments, annfoundation.org. Or, find out how to help Perverted Justice with its efforts to nab Internet predators at pjfi.org/?pg=howtohelp.<br /> <br /> »» You can also mentor an underprivileged teen online and provide education and career planning assistance through icouldbe.org. Open Books, open-books.org, based in Chicago, offers a similar program called Vwrite, which matches virtual mentors with students who need assistance with college applications, goal setting, resume writing, etc.<br /> <br /> »» Find a list of other virtual volunteer opportunities including grant writing, fundraising, writing and research at onlinevolunteering.org and dosomething.org/volunteer/virtual.<br /> <br /> »» If you have no time to spare, volunteer the idle time on your computer to help cure diseases, study global warning and other research. Check out BOINC http://boinc.berkeley.edu for a list of projects, then register and download the BOINC software and put your computer to work.<br /> <br />

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