Microvolunteering Projects Gives You the Opportunity to Volunteer From Your Sofa
For those who haven’t heard the term microvolunteering: it may be time to join the 21st century. Help From Home, a website dedicated to hooking people around the world up with microvolunteering opportunities, was launched by Mike Bright in 2008.
He describes microvolunteering as “easy, no commitment, on-demand actions that can be completed in under 30 minutes.
“We’re talking about actions that perhaps you can fit in whilst you’re watching TV or boiling the kettle or out on the bus maybe.”
The microvolunteering acts can be as small as signing a petition online, donating money or proofreading documents for businesses.
Listen to our Skype interview and find out why Mike thinks that microvolunteering is perfect for young people.
Mike was an active volunteer before he launched Help From Home and started to find out more about microvolunteering in 2006.
“I formed Help From Home so that other people could find these actions much easier but [I also wanted] the platform to serve as a way in which to tell the volunteering world or the Volunteer Centres out there that these actions existed,” says Mike.
He has a full-time job and runs Help From Home on a voluntary basis. In the beginning, he struggled to get the voluntary world to accept the concept of microvolunteering.
“I think it has become more and more mainstream,” he says. “It’s been an empowering journey for me to realise that I can promote this form of volunteering and Volunteer Centres and voluntary organisations are accepting it.”
Help From Home and its ability to connect people to different microvolunteering actions is reaching volunteers all around the world. Lorraine lives in New Jersey, USA, and found out about Help From Home when she read an article about it in Woman’s Day Magazine.
Lorraine, who works in human resources, does her best to microvolunteer every day. To her, microvolunteering is a “fun and meaningful” way to help out.
“It also provides a convenient way to give your time to those in need, even if you cannot attend an event in person, due to its flexibility because you can volunteer at any time of day and for one or multiple projects at a time,” she continues.
Microvolunteering Day, which took place on March 15th, kept both Mike and Lorraine busy.
“I completed as many projects as I could,” says Lorraine.
With the simple click of a virtual button, Lorraine donated food to shelter animals, signed a petition to help whales and dolphins, sent in her picture to Help From Home’s Pyjama Power Campaign and took part in the iPet Companion project.
Find out more about Lorraine’s involvement in the iPet Companion project.
Lorraine mostly works on a freelance basis and says this gives her more time for things she’s passionate about, like volunteering. She also encourages young people to take part in different microvolunteering actions.
“It’s a step to learning responsibility, time-management and most important, it provides a means of caring for others,” she says.
“They can also get some project management experience because you can get a bunch of friends together and create a volunteering event if you like.”
With a world turning more and more virtual, it’s no wonder that microvolunteering is growing. According to Mike, there’s enough time in a day for almost anyone to get involved with microvolunteering if they want to.
“All you need to find is ten minutes in a day to try and do some good,” he says.