Volunteer to Help

Thousands of people from all over the country have raised their hands to help.

Whether you know how to build data pipelines for accurate reporting, or craft a content strategy to inform residents, we connect people who have a wide variety of skills to the governments who need them most.

USDR Volunteers by the Numbers

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Volunteers who have raised their hands to help.

Qualified, experienced professionals who are available full time.
Volunteers deployed.
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Experts in user research/design, back-end engineering, project management and data science.
Volunteers who have skills with mainframe systems, including COBOL.
USDR volunteers hail from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
—As of May 1, 2020

Areas We Work In


States and federal agencies are rapidly spinning up new services to handle an influx of new information, while working hard to keep existing systems running through this crisis.

Governments need

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


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.

Right Now, We Are Looking For:

Translation Services

Are you able to translate English to written Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Cabo Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, or Vietnamese? Sign up to volunteer, select translation as a skill and list the applicable languages.

Skilled Writers & Policy Makers

Do you have a policy writing background? Help us communicate the best practices we are learning and the improvements we think are possible for government technology. Sign up to volunteer, and select policy writing as a skill.

Is USDR Right for You?

The best qualities for a USDR Volunteer:

I have enough time to volunteer.

Most volunteer requests look for 20+ hours per week.

I have 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.

More questions about what the USDR commitment looks like? Read our Volunteer Oath or see our FAQ page.

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