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Change starts small, and it starts with you.

March 30, 2020

Change starts small, and it starts with you.

March 30, 2020

Lately, everything we read seems to focus on self isolation, social distancing, and #StayHome. If you feel isolated just remember, you’re not alone. Once we choose to view this as fertile ground for change, opportunities begin to pop up everywhere. Like the thriving trend towards virtual -, digital- or e-volunteering.

Now people in any corner of the world can contribute to a higher cause. It could just be your chance to be the change you want to see in the world, from the comfort of your living room. Whether you call it digital-, virtual-, or e-volunteering, logging on to help others can also help you to connect to like-minded people, all while making the world a better place. Never heard of digital volunteering? Here´s what you can expect: Several nonprofit organizations offer a variety of online volunteering opportunities. And the tasks they need your support with can all be done online, meaning the only thing you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet.

There are loads of activities to engage in. If you like to write, become a writer, editor or translator. If you’re good at designing, set aside some time to help your favorite non-profit with graphic design work. Or make a difference by researching, teaching or training. The possibilities are endless! Most activities last up to 12 weeks and require volunteers to set aside about five hours a week, but they’re usually flexible. Sound interesting? The United Nations can help you to find an opportunity that suits you. And while helping out you’ll be broadening your knowledge and experience in a certain field. Another bonus: e-volunteering will help improve self-confidence and extend your network.

I like digital volunteering because it gives me an outlet to connect with purpose - whenever I have the time to do so. I personally volunteer for Amnesty International, and have been with them for quite some time now. There are some really reputable organizations out there who are in dire need of support for their worthwhile causes. Just find something that interests you, and pair it with what you’re good at. Whatever your strengths, from translating and web-designing to organizing and researching, pretty much any skill is useful!

Karol Trejo, Manager Corporate Sustainability at PUMA

Not your cup of tea? Then join up with groups of people across the world who are making things for an important cause. Like Stacey Teixeira, Store Manager at PUMA (USA), who worked together with her daughter to make 60 masks, sent them out, and even made a YouTube tutorial (see sidebar area) to help teach others to make their own.

As Stacey says, “We are one World. Let’s use this time to help others. Watch how to make a mask. If you feel inspired to try and help, then follow our instructions and donate your creations to Medical and Service people in your own community. Let’s do our part!”

Well, what are you waiting for? You’re already online, so why not get started? We’re counting on you. #PUMAstrongertogether

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