Volunteer to Help

Join thousands of pro bono technologists to help governments deliver critical services to those who need them.

We’re looking for empathetic, communicative, and organized professionals to volunteer their time to support USDR projects. Great candidates bring experience from a variety of backgrounds, from product management to design and research to engineering to communications. Above all, they take an agile, iterative approach to discovering human-centric solutions with our government partners.

In return for their pro bono services, volunteers are able to engage in real work that will affect the quality of real people’s lives, learn from experts in the field, experience the challenge of applying what you already know to a new problem, and be a part of a team and community that’s building something bigger to create lasting change.

USDR Volunteers by the Numbers

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Volunteers who have raised their hands to help.

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Qualified, experienced professionals who are available full time.
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Volunteers deployed.
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Experts in user research/design, back-end engineering, project management and data science.
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Volunteers who have skills with mainframe systems, including COBOL.
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USDR volunteers hail from 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
— As of May 2021

Areas We Work In

Technology

States and federal agencies are rapidly spinning up new services and working hard to improve existing systems to better serve their constituents.

Governments need

Data scientists, front-end & back-end engineers, designers, engineering managers, product managers, user researchers, writers. Experience with government technology stacks is a huge plus.

Policy & Communications

Help governments understand and communicate the constantly evolving updates on public health, services, and economic stimulus.

Governments need

Experienced policymakers, content strategists, copywriters, graphic designers and social media managers.

Operations

With so many moving parts, governments need skilled project and general operational managers to design new emergency response workflows and support their stretched teams.

Governments need

Professionals with experience in general management, manufacturing and production, logistics and supply chain, procurement or disaster relief response.

We are always in need of:

Engineers

Front-end and/or back-end engineers, database experts or WordPress developers with 10-20 hours per week of availability. You will quickly understand legacy data and APIs, work within constraints to develop solutions, or suggest improvements which are easy to implement and maintain.

Researchers

Researchers with 10-20 hours per week of availability. You will take a human centered approach to understand processes, workflows, user needs, etc. in order to directly inform product decisions.

Lead Volunteers

Volunteers with 15-20 hours per week of availability to take an agile, iterative approach to discovering human-centric solutions with our partners, manage the project, and ensure clear communications with partners.

Is USDR Right for You?

The best qualities for a USDR Volunteer:

Experience working with/or adjacent to technology.

If you don't have any of the above skills, but can help support technology projects, we still encourage you to apply. Many of our volunteers don't consider themselves to be technologists, but skills in communications, graphic design, project management and more are still in high demand.

A “down to do anything” attitude.

Not all heroes wear capes, and not all tasks are glamorous. But we help where we can, eagerly, and without ego.

Ability to commit to a project.

Most roles require 10-20 hours per week for 6-8 weeks from our volunteers. Some are shorter, some are longer, but we will share the details before you are placed on a project. 

More questions about what the USDR commitment looks like? Read our Volunteer Oath, see our FAQ page or join one of our upcoming information sessions.

Watch a recording of a past Volunteer Info Session or register to attend an upcoming session. 
Friday, August 20th from 11-11:45am PT
Friday, September 17th from 11-11:45am PT
Friday, October 15th from 11-11:45am PT

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