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Give back from the comfort of home

Whether it’s cold outside or REALLY cold outside, wintertime is when we spend the most time indoors. But there are lots of great ways to make a difference from the comfort of our own homes—many in as little as 10 minutes. Of the "25 Volunteer Jobs to Do from Home" featured at OperationWarm.org, here are a few links that really stand out for volunteers who are big on giving back, but short on free time.

•Help revive the hearts of young survivors of abuse as an Online Ambassador with Ark of Hope for Children.

•Fluent in more than one language? Team up with Translators without Borders, and lend a hand.

•Find dozens of ways to make a global difference with the United Nations, without leaving your desk.

•Look at satellite images of storms, and help researchers predict cyclone behavior at the Cyclone Center.

•Take a few brief tests with Project Implicit and you’ll help Harvard researchers learn the best ways to break down stereotypes.

•The National Park Service has multiple volunteer opportunities available, some online. And volunteers who donate 250 hours to a federal agency participating in the Interagency Pass Program receive a National Park Pass valid from coast to coast.

•Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. You can work whenever you find the time, then mail your creations to Warm Up America.

•Want to warm the hearts of little ones and their families? Spend a few minutes per day sewing emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.

Project Gutenberg needs help with proofreading content and burning CDs and DVDs to send to people without Internet access.

•It works out to less than 10 minutes per day if you’re willing to commit to an hour per week. Sign up to become a “Granny” and read or share stories with children around the world though The Granny Cloud.

The mission of Operation Warm is “to provide warmth, confidence and hope to children in need through the gift of brand new winter coats.” Since 1998, the organization has gifted nearly 3 million coats. You can learn more about the organization here, and find out how to volunteer.

Do you or your family and friends have gently used coats? You can also make a difference when you organize a community coat drive. Just follow the simple steps. No experience is required.

Find even more ways to warm hearts and offset the winter chill when you search for local volunteer opportunities here.

Make time for V time

Make time for V time

Here are some quick volunteer gigs for busy folks!

Volunteer with service animal

volunteer with service animals

You may be surprised at how many volunteer opportunities there are!