When your dad doesn’t drive or has a harder time leaving the house, there are still ways for him to volunteer. Several volunteering positions are bound to intrigue him and don’t require more than time spent on his computer and an internet connection.
The Library of Congress
There are tens of thousands of documents that need volunteers to transcribe them and add the tags. It includes letters, essays, official reports, and other historical documents. Your dad can pick topics that appeal to him and transcribe those papers.
He can go to crowd.loc.gov to sign up and volunteer. The Library of Congress hopes to have all of the documents transcribed by the end of 2020.
Online Support at 7 Cups
If your dad is willing to take an active listening course, he could become a volunteer “listener” for organizations like 7 Cups (7cups.com). People turn to 7 Cups to have someone to talk to about things like social anxiety, stress in the workplace, and loneliness.
To help others after taking the active listening course, your dad signs in when he has free time. He accepts private chats in topics where he feels he can help.
The Smithsonian has millions of documents waiting for volunteers to transcribe. He can sign up at transcription.si.edu. Each of the Smithsonian museums has opportunities for volunteers, so your dad is able to pick topics that most appeal to him.
He might want to transcribe letters regarding U.S. history or documents from the National Air and Space Museum. There are also audio recordings that need to be captioned for the hard of hearing.
The United Nations
The UN has plenty of at-home volunteering opportunities at onlinevolunteering.org. The organization needs volunteers for writing and research projects, translations, design, and more. Your dad is able to pick an opportunity that matches his skill set and sign up to help.
For example, your dad could sign up to proof-read a report or write grant proposals. He could create the content for an online course or design and build a website. There are plenty of opportunities available.
Make sure your dad is able to leave the home when he needs to. Caregivers are happy to provide transportation services to seniors who want to go to social events, stores, and other area businesses or offices. From doctor’s appointments to senior luncheons, caregivers can drive your dad to and from the desired address.