Be a virtual volunteer in September!

Could your internet knowledge make a difference in your local community? The Mozilla Foundation, the organization behind the Firefox web browser, has declared September 14-21 Mozilla Service Week. The idea is simple: during that week, we all look for concrete ways that internet knowledge or skills can be put to work in the service of our local communities.

Here are some of the examples they provide:

  • Teach senior citizens how to use the Web.
  • Show a non-profit how to use social networking to grow its base of supporters.
  • Help install a wireless network at a school.
  • Create Web how-to materials for a library’s computer cluster.
  • Refurbish hardware for a local computer center.
  • Update a non-profit organization’s website.
  • Teach the values of the open Web to other public benefit organizations.

As you can see, you don’t have to be an expert coder or a seasoned computer engineer to help out.

I think this is a wonderful idea—and easily translatable into a ministry environment. Who do you know in your community who could use some internet-related help? What local ministries or organizations could you help by donating a few hours of time upgrading software or training their staff? If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you have the skills to help a person or organization in your community in some way.

I note that has already jumped on this—take a look at their virtual volunteer opportunities, and think about how you or your church might get involved in a virtual service project this September.

2 Responses to “Be a virtual volunteer in September!”

  • terron clarke says:

    i am excited about joining your organization that alows peolpe to minister and share the good news about jesus.

  • Kevin says:

    Obviously the internet has a good amount of inappropriate content. I would like to encourage everyone as they volunteer to also warn of what is out there and how we can protect our children and families. I am giving a presentation at my church to men on ways to protect their families and at the same time use the internet wisely. Just like we, as fathers, lock our doors on our homes at night, we should also protect our families from the “roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”.