“Virtual volunteerism is enabling us to continue doing what we need to do for these kids – just in a very different setting,” Toni said. “We’re still visiting with them, we’re still having important conversations, it’s just not in person. We may not be able to go eat a meal with them, but we can still make a difference for them.”
In essence, if you’ve got a valuable skill you can provide to a qualified organization virtually, you still have the chance to give back via VAP.
The hallmarks of the program are sticking around. If you perform volunteer work for a qualified organization, in-person or virtually, Walmart will support your efforts by providing a grant based on the number of hours associates volunteer.
In fiscal year 20, associates reported volunteering more than 630,000 hours through VAP, which translated to more than $5.9 million in grant contributions to organizations around the country.
And as the need for volunteers has changed due to the novel coronavirus, nonprofits and other organizations relying on volunteers have had to shift how their programs work. But virtual volunteerism has the chance to broaden associates’ access to volunteer work, allow organizations to expand their volunteer programs, and can even boost participation rates due to the flexibility afforded by the virtual aspect of the program.
“Working from home has really changed the way all of us work,” Toni said. “And if people are still looking for a way to make a difference, to focus on something outside of their day-to-day routines, but maybe don’t feel comfortable getting out to volunteer, then this is a great way to make a difference.”
Virtual volunteering allows anyone with phone or internet access to continue contributing their time and expertise, and to do it as safely as possible. When Walmart associates find the intersection of giving back and staying safe, we’re here to support them.
Visit the Volunteerism Always Pays page (on-network) to learn more about VAP and to view resources and actions you can take moving forward.