Diotima – Centre for Gender Rights and Equality 

Diotima is a Greek non-governmental, non-profit gender equality organisation.

Founded in 1989, Diotima promotes gender equality practices, lobbies for political and social transparency regarding gender equality, and highlights discrimination against women of all social, economic and political backgrounds. It provides legal support and counselling for women experiencing violence, trafficking, immigration and economic difficulties. It also helps with skills upgrading and employment, and provides educational and humanitarian aid programmes in Greece and throughout Europe.

How you can help

Time: Various

Take part in the Don’t Skip campaign against gender violence.

Cost: Various

Donate to Diotima via PayPal or online banking. 

Location: Greece

Find out more: https://diotima.org.gr/ (Note the website is available in Greek and in English)

(This information was updated 18/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Interpreting Freedom Foundation

The Interpreting Freedom Foundation (IFF) supports Afghan interpreters, allies and families living in the United States.

Founded in 2013 by a small group of Afghan interpreters struggling with resettlement in the US, IFF provides services such as financial support, counselling services, employment resources, help with special immigrant visa applications, and advocating for veteran’s benefits.

How You Can Help

Time: Various

You can reach out to IFF to provide non-monetary contributions to their interpreters such as accommodation, transportation or skills training and employment opportunities. Learn more here.

Cost: Various

There are numerous ways to financially contribute to IFF, including through standard donations, giving loyalty program rewards, gift cards, or purchasing items from the IFF Amazon Wishlist.

Location: Afghanistan, United States

Find out more: https://interpretingfreedom.org/ 

(This information was updated 23/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Team Seas (#TeamSeas)

Team Seas is a global campaign to remove plastic and trash from the world’s ocean, rivers and beaches.

Spearheaded by several prominent Youtubers, the Team Seas initiative is campaigning to raise $30 million by 1st January 2022 to help remove 30 million pounds of plastic waste pollution from global waters. Donations will be split between the #TeamSeas partner organisations, Ocean Conservancy and The Ocean Cleanup (see Directory page here).

Please note: Team Seas is the sister organisation of Team Trees (see Directory page here).

How You Can Help

Time: Various

Give as much of your time as you wish by getting involved online to engage with and amplify #TeamSeas content across the internet, including on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit or TikTok. There are also campaign tools available on Twitch for streamers.

Cost: Various

Give a donation of your choice to Team Seas to help them reach their £30 million goal.

You can also get involved in fundraising either online (for example via streaming) or offline (for example through a bake sale). More information is available via the Team Seas website FAQ.

You can also browse the Team Seas online store.

Location: Global, online

Find out more: https://teamseas.org/ 
(This information was updated 24/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Oogachaga

Oogachaga is a non-profit organisation providing support for LGBTQ+ youth, families and individuals in Singapore.

Founded in 1999, Oogachaga provides face-to-face and online counselling for the LGBTQ+ community, run by trained volunteers. It also offers professional counselling, a youth programme for those aged 16-29, and corporate engagement and professional training to educate companies, professionals and students in LGBTQ+ issues. 

How you can help

Time: Various, typically at least a few hours a week

If you are based in Singapore and aged over 21, you can volunteer with Oogachaga’s WhatsApp and email counselling services (please note there is a training process for volunteers). Those with professional qualifications in social work, counselling or psychology may apply to become a professional counsellor. 

Cost: Various

Donate to Oogachaga via its website, PayPal or bank transfer.

Location: Singapore

Find out more: https://oogachaga.com/ 

(This information was updated 18/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Climate Cardinals

Climate Cardinals is a non-profit working to make the climate movement, and information about climate change, accessible to non-English speakers.

A youth-led organisation based in the USA, Climate Cardinals works in over 40 countries. A team of 6,000-plus volunteers translate information and resources into over 100 languages, often aimed at people living in nations and communities that are already experiencing the impact of climate change.

How you can help

Time: Various

Apply to join the Resource Team (managing resources put together by the Climate Cardinals team) or the Education Team (working with educational groups). 

Cost: Various

Donate to Climate Cardinals or fundraise for the organisation.

Location: Global (please see the map on this page for specific locations), based in the United States

Find out more: https://www.climatecardinals.org/

(This information was updated 18/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Namati

Namati is a global network of grassroots legal advocates, seeking to give legal empowerment to poorer communities.

Founded in 2012, Natami supports communities around the world with securing their legal rights in matters of citizenship, health, and land and the environment. Namati works with partners at a grassroots level to train community paralegals, and its Legal Empowerment Network is the world’s largest community of grassroots justice defenders.

How You Can Help

Time: Various (based on commitment)

Namati does not take on volunteers, but you can join the Legal Empowerment Network for free, which (especially if you are a legal professional) may give you opportunities to contribute towards Namati’s mission.

Alternatively, you can sign up for Namati new alerts without being a Network member – visit this page and scroll to the bottom to register.

Cost: Various

Give a one-off or monthly donation of your choice to Namati.

You can also explore other ways to give to Namati, such as starting a Facebook Fundraiser, or texting to donate.

Location: Global membership, with key operations in India, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and the United States

Find out more: https://namati.org/ 

(This information was updated 20/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Children in Need

Children in Need is a BBC charity working to improve the lives of Children in the UK.

BBC Children in Need has hosted an annual fundraising telethon since 1980 in pursuit of its mission to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential. Children in Need funds over 3,900 local charities and projects which directly support children and young people in communities across the UK.

How You Can Help

Time: Various (if involved in fundraising)

Children in Need do not take volunteers.

Cost: Various

Give a donation of your choice to Children in Need, as a single or monthly gift. 

Alternatively, explore how you can fundraise for Children in Need – ideas and free fundraising kits are available on the charity’s website

You can also browse the Children in Need online shop for toys, clothing and accessories. 

Location: United Kingdom

Find out more: https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/ 

(This information was updated 19/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Humanists UK

Humanists UK is an organisation promoting humanist and secular thinking.

Founded in 1896, Humanists UK aim to advance free thinking and freedom of choice so everyone can live in a fair and equal society, through providing Humanist ceremonies, pastoral support, education services, and campaigning work.

How You Can Help

Time: Various

Sign up to the Humanists UK email bulletin in just a few minutes.

There are also opportunities to take part in local humanist group events and campaigns near you, or national events online or in-person.

Humanists UK accepts volunteers in a variety of different roles, such as helping with office work, specialist research, or in supporting pastoral or regional activities. Current vacancies can be found here

Cost: Various

Donate to Humanists UK, either with a one-off, monthly or annual gift of your choice. 

You can also browse the Humanists UK online shop, or explore other ways of giving such as through fundraising, or via Amazon Smile.  

You can also become a member of Humanists UK, from £4 a month for adults, £6 a month for families, or £700 for lifetime membership (alternative options are available for those on low or no income). A list of local humanist groups affiliated to Humanists UK can be found here, or you can set one up.

Location: United Kingdom  

Find out more: https://humanists.uk/ 

(This information was updated 18/11/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Outhouse East

Outhouse East is a charity supporting the LGBTQ+ community in Essex.

Outhouse East began in 1979 as a one-night a week helpline for LGBTQ+ issues, hosted in the house of a volunteer. It now has a permanent premise in Colchester and continues to offer a range of services to support the welfare, mental health and relationships of LGBTQ+ people, including free counselling, workshops, and an LGBTQ+ library.

How You Can Help

Time: Various

Outhouse East has a number of volunteering opportunities available including roles in the welcome team and others in events, design and social media.

Cost: Various

Donate to Outhouse East or contact them to set up a regular standing order. You can also donate a specific item from their online shopping wishlist, or support the charity via Amazon Smile.

Location: Colchester and Essex, United Kingdom  

Find out more: http://www.outhouseeast.org.uk/ 

(This information was updated 13/10/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

CoppaFeel!

CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness and education charity in the UK.

CoppaFeel! work to raise awareness amongst young people of the risk of breast cancer, with the aim of instilling the knowledge and tools they need to get to know their bodies and spot any signs of possible health concern.

How You Can Help

Time: Various

CoppaFeel! accept volunteers in a variety of roles, including on the Boobette team (where people affected by breast cancer under 35 can share their stories), raising awareness at universities, or through work experience opportunities.

Cost: Various

Donate to CoppaFeel! with a monthly or one-off gift or explore fundraising opportunities for the charity. 

You can also browse their online shop and official brand collaborations.

Location: United Kingdom  

Find out more: https://coppafeel.org/ 

(This information was updated 13/10/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

United Through Sport 

United Through Sport is a charity working to transform the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities using the power of sport.

United Through Sport works around the world to further the holistic development of young people between the ages of 5-35 through organised sports. They focus on their health, education and personal development, with programmes that improve education outcomes, raise sexual health awareness, promote gender equality and build life-skills.

How You Can Help

Time: Various | Affected by COVID-19

United Through Sport encourages international volunteers to travel and help with their programmes in South Africa, Argentina, St. Lucia or Thailand. Visit this website to learn more. 

Please note: Travel to these areas may not currently be possible from all locations due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

You can also volunteer with their fundraising teams in the UK, Netherlands and USA.

Cost: Various

Make a donation to United Through Sport through a one-off or regular gift, or fundraise for the organisation.

Alternatively for £15 a month you can also sponsor a child who is part of the United Through Sport programme.

Location: Global – primarily South Africa, but with satellite programs in Argentina, St Lucia and Thailand.

Headquartered in UK, Netherlands and USA.

Find out more: https://www.unitedthroughsport.org/ 

(This information was updated 13/10/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)

Re-engage 

Re-engage is a charity working to end social isolation and loneliness in older people in the UK.

Re-engage provides social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing. In 2019, 8,500 older guests were part of over 900 regular social gatherings across the UK, supported by 14,000 volunteers.  

How You Can Help

Time: Various | Affected by Covid-19

Become a volunteer with Re-engage and support the charity in a number of different roles. These include becoming a Call Companion (making regular calls to older people, around twice a month), a Call Companion interviewer or coordinator, or a Tea Party volunteer.

If you’re based in Wales, you could become a Daring to Dream volunteer, helping to organise active groups, doing a range of activities including light fitness, dancing and gardening. 

Please Note: As of September 2021, Re-engage are beginning to restart in-person volunteering, though most opportunities are currently remote (i.e., via the Call Companion program). 

You can sign up to Re-engage’s monthly e-newsletter for the latest information about the charity’s work and volunteering opportunities. 

Cost: Various

Donate to Re-engage with a one-off or monthly gift of your choice.

Alternatively, explore fundraising opportunities to support Re-engage, or donate as you shop on easyfundraising.org, AmazonSmile, Savoo, Give As You Live or The Recycling Factory. 

Location: United Kingdom  

Find out morehttps://www.reengage.org.uk/ 

(This information was updated 13/10/21 and will be checked regularly by the Do Something Directory team. If you notice any mistakes, please let us know.)