Can you imagine if in schools and at home, we as communities engaged in “virtual service?” Virtual service is any act of service that could be performed virtually. In today’s world, there are unlimited ways to help people and serve without physically being there. A simple phone call to a person sick thousands of miles away, a text or tweet that provides hope to one who is struggling or teaching someone how to do something via google hangout can all be considered virtual service. With all the mobile tools and devices, it is easier than ever to help people, help a cause or serve. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” In today’s world, it is easier than ever to be great as it is easier than ever to serve.
Volunteermatch.org, www.skillsforchange.com and change.org are interesting organized ways of performing service online. Volunteermatch.org is a great site that shares “virtual volunteer opportunities.” These are volunteers that are helping a particular business or non-profit with an event or program. Skillsforchange.com powered by Sparked allows many people to use their passion and skills to help non-profit organizations and businesses with small tasks. And through change.org, you can support many people’s causes for social justice and change by signing their petition and raising awareness about the issue.
There is no doubt that service performed in person has great charm and power. However if we can help more people, fight more causes and enable more dreams, why not perform “Virtual Service” as well.