Virtual volunteers provide technical assistance for Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center by completing tasks via the internet through a home or work computer. Virtual volunteer opportunities include: translating documents from English to Spanish, designing newsletters and brochures, editing and proofreading publications for proposals, designing logos and illustrating documents, posting upcoming events on web-based community calendars, submitting press releases, surveying volunteers via email, as well as other technical assistance and virtual opportunities. All individuals interested in serving as a virtual volunteer must attend a New Volunteer Orientation.
Virtual Volunteer Requirements
These requirements are in addition to the overall volunteer requirements outlined in the Volunteer Services Program Position Description:
· Virtual volunteers must use their own computers, software, smart phones, internet service, and any other tool needed to complete the virtual task. Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center will not be able to provide hardware or software to the volunteer.
· Virtual volunteers must possess the necessary skills and knowledge to complete an assigned task. Please only sign-up for tasks that you are qualified to perform.
Virtual Volunteer Procedures
Virtual volunteer procedures will vary, depending on the specific assignment. When a virtual volunteer need arises, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact the virtual volunteers via email. Once a virtual volunteer has accepted an assignment, the Volunteer Coordinator will email detailed information about the assignment to the volunteer as well as a timeline and date the final date the product is needed.
Once the virtual volunteer has submitted a product or proof, the Volunteer Coordinator will provide feedback and may have suggestions or notice changes that need to be made. Once the final product has been approved by the Volunteer Coordinator, the virtual volunteer will submit via email a log of all hours spent completing the task. A copy of the final product will be included in the virtual volunteer’s file, and may be used in the volunteer’s portfolio, if needed.
Virtual Volunteer Best Practices
· Feel free to ask the Volunteer Coordinator any questions you might have as you work on your assignment. Be sure to get clarification when needed.
· If you are unable to complete an assignment, please notify the Volunteer Coordinator as quickly as possible. Please be prepared to submit any work you have completed on the assignment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel comfortable discussing them with the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteering with Ellis County Children’s Advocacy Center should be a positive, rewarding experience. If there is a problem, let us know as soon as possible so we can work to make sure it’s resolved. We appreciate all that you do for our agency.