Micro-volunteering is a way of giving time and helping others in small (micro) bits. It usually involves the use of technology to carry out an act that will benefit others.
Why micro-volunteer, what are the benefits?
Traditionally, volunteering may involve you making some sort of commitment to give up time to help others. Not everyone can make that commitment for various different reasons so micro-volunteering gives those people a chance to help others.
Other benefits include:
- Bite sized: Can be completed in under 30 minutes.
- No training needed: If you can browse the web you’re good to go.
- Everyone can have a go: There are no age restrictions on most micro-volunteering actions.
- You can carry them out from the comfort of your own home!
Where/how can I do it?
Help from Home has 800+ actions that can be carried out from their website.
“Volunteer your time in bite sized chunks, from your own home and when you want to. Benefit worthy causes to suit your lifestyle at your own convenience. Dip in, dip out with absolutely no commitment. No specialised skills required. It’s all FREE!
And, oh yeah, you can do them in your pyjamas!
Micro Effort, Macro Impact”
e-petitions are an easy, personal way for you to influence government and Parliament in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons. You can find more information about how the House of Commons deals with e-petitions on the Backbench Business Committee website
Marie Curie Cancer Care
“Giving big with little time Micro-volunteering are small, quick actions that make a big difference when many people combine their efforts.
If you have a busy schedule but still want to donate a bit of your time, micro-volunteering is a quick way for you to help us without applications, training, or ongoing commitments.”
JustCoz.org is an online relay system that lets you donate a tweet a day to help raise awareness for causes that matter to you.
“Make a real impact from the comfort of your own home with these quick and easy opportunities that only take a couple of minutes!”
Below are some games you can play which donate to charities in various different ways, click to check them out!