Save The Date!

The Spring 2021 Scarlet Days of Service will take place Saturday, March 13 through Saturday, March 27. Registration and details on new service opportunities will be available in February.

If you are interested in exploring ways to give back, listed below is a sample of online resources for virtual service opportunities that are available for completion at any time.

Virtual Service Opportunities 

Be My Eyes

Service Project: Be My Eyes

Sponsoring Organization: Be My Eyes

Description: Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

https://www.bemyeyes.com/

Hours to complete: 1-3

Pre-Registration Required: No

Bookshare, A Benetech Initiative

Service Project: Bookshare, A Benetech Initiative

Sponsoring Organization: Bookshare.Org

Description: Offers thousands of books to people with reading disabilities. As an online volunteer, you can either scan books to be added to the collection or edit books that have been scanned.

https://www.bookshare.org/cms/get-involved/volunteer

Hours to complete: 1-2

Pre-Registration Required: No

Central Jersey Diaper Bank

Service Project: Central Jersey Diaper Bank

Sponsoring Organization: DRC/Central Jersey Diaper Bank

Description: About 1 in every 3 families report experiencing diaper insecurity. The Central Jersey Diaper Bank is collecting diapers for children and families throughout the Central NJ Area. Servers have the ability to help from home in providing over 14,000 children and families with clean diapers. Give through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3BMIGTHX225RJ?ref_=wl_share!

https://centraljerseydiaperbank.org/

Hours to complete:  Donate and share on your social media

Pre-Registration Required: No

Distributed Proofreaders

Service Project: Distributed Proofreaders

Sponsoring Organization: Distributed Proofreaders

Description: Distributed Proofreaders is dedicated to the preservation of written works that are in the Public Domain in the United States by converting them into high-quality, freely available digital transcriptions. This is accomplished through the efforts of a supportive community of volunteers. Distributed Proofreaders follows the principles of the American Library Association Freedom to Read statement. 

https://www.pgdp.net/c/

Hours to complete: 1-3

Pre-Registration Required: Click this link (https://www.pgdp.net/c/accounts/addproofer.php), register and confirm through email.

Rutgers University Student Food Pantry

Service Project: Rutgers Student Food Pantry Ambassador

Sponsoring Organization: Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships

Description: Looking for a way to volunteer with the Rutgers Student Food Pantry? We need Social Media Ambassadors who have a network of Scarlet Knights with whom they can share information about the Rutgers Student Food Pantry and the services we offer to the Rutgers University-New Brunswick community. Ambassadors will help disseminate content for various social media platforms. Ambassadors will help promote the pantry, events related to the pantry, spread news and information about food insecurity and engage with fellow Scarlet Knights through online social networks.

ruoffcampus.rutgers.edu/food

Hours to complete: 1

Pre-Registration Required: No

Rutgers University Dance Marathon - Get Involved

Service Project: Rutgers University Dance Marathon – Get Involved

Sponsoring Organization: Dance Marathon

Description: Rutgers University Dance Marathon (RUDM) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of New Jersey. We could not make this claim without the support and involvement of the dedicated students. Since 1999, countless Rutgers students have shared their enthusiasm, compassion, spirit and passion for this important cause.

There is a place at Dance Marathon for everyone. Read through the involvement opportunities and discover the many ways that you can make a difference. To us, everything counts. So whether you dedicate a year, a semester, a few months or a weekend, you will have made a tremendous contribution.

http://marathon.rutgers.edu/students/

Hours to complete: 3-5

Pre-Registration Required: Participants can register to be a Champion at rudm.org

Smithsonian Digital Volunteers

Service Project: Smithsonian Digital Volunteers

Sponsoring Organization: The Smithsonian

DescriptionVolunteer and help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.

https://transcription.si.edu/

Hours to complete: 1-2

Pre-Registration Required: No

Tarjimly

Service Project: Tarjimly

Sponsoring Organization: Tarjimly

DescriptionTarjimly means “translate for me” and was founded in 2017 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the US Refugee & Travel Ban. Their mission is to improve the lives of refugees and the efficiency of humanitarian services by eliminating language barriers. 

https://tarjimly.org/howitworks#translator

Hours to complete: 1-2

Pre-Registration Required: No

TED Translators

Service Project: TED Translators

Sponsoring Organization: TED

Description: TED Translators are a global community of volunteers who subtitle TED Talks, and enable the inspiring ideas in them to crisscross languages and borders.

https://www.ted.com/participate/translate

Hours to complete: 2-4

Pre-Registration Required: Click this link (https://t9n.herokuapp.com/applications/new), create an account with TED, and submit an application to be a translator. Please complete up to a week before hand.

VocaliD

Service Project: VocaliD

Sponsoring Organization: VocaliD

Description: VocaliD designs personalized synthetic voices for people who have lost their voice or have severe speech impairments. Share your voice and help drive innovation in voice technology.

https://vocalid.ai/voicebank/

Hours to complete: 1-2

Pre-Registration Required: No

The Fall Scarlet Days of Service were held last October. Thank you to all the students and alumni for helping us to serve New Jersey and beyond in that effort. Linked below is the post-event video that celebrated these efforts!