Mike Bright - Founder
Mike has been involved in the microvoluntering arena since 2005, first as a participant and then as a promoter of microvolunteering causes. He first had the idea of a microvolunteering database back in Summer 2007 in response to the complete lack of voluntary databases that simply did not include bite sized actions on their system.
He learnt the basics of web design and with a little help from volunteers to create the complicated woowoo stuff behind the scenes, Help From Home went live in December 2008. He dreamt up Help From Home’s tagline, ‘Change the world in just your pyjamas!’, to demonstrate how easy it was to volunteer – even whilst in bed!
Mike still participates in actual microvolunteering actions, although not so much in his pyjamas these days. That said, he hopes to make a mint of money from his shares in pyjama retailers when Help From Home’s tagline becomes just as famous as Neil Armstrong’s ‘One small step for man’ phrase. He could well be waiting a long time though – perhaps until the next man (or woman) steps on to the moon!
Luciana Grosu – NonProfit Consultant
Luciana is a young Romanian journalist and psychologist, who also happens to run our free microvolunteering consultancy service. Luciana has extensive volunteering experience and hopes to one day become a “full time freelancer volunteer”. In order to keep avoiding being paid for her work, Luciana is currently studying an MA in “International Relations” and also plans to continue her psychology training until she becomes a…well-trained psychologist.
Since Luciana knows more about people and less about money, she thinks everything in this world should be free, and she really means everything, from art, to food and internet. Luciana hasn’t found the perfect, artistic, socially-conscious and ethical “pyjama–suit “ to volunteer with yet, so she welcomes any new suggestions.
Maria Cristina Vignolo - Spanish Translator Consultant
Cristina is a teacher who is currently retiring (as of 2013) from her University job in Argentina, where she was born. She now lives in Mar del Plata, a seaside resort on the Atlantic coast. During her 36-year academic career, she taught English at all age-levels: she worked at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions, language laboratories and Universities. She lectured on English Grammar, Advanced Language for Specific Purposes, English Phonetics and Phonology, Comparative Phonetics and Analysis of Legal Discourse.
She likes proofreading, editing, transcribing and translation tasks, both in English and Spanish, and it would be fair to say she is a purist in the language field. She was a member of “Clarity”, an international organisation promoting the use of plain language in the area of Law, between 2008 – 2010. Due to lack of time, María Cristina has postponed her project to take a degree in Law, a subject of study she truly loves. So far, she has had to content herself with a Legal Secretary diploma, which she got in 2011. Her favourite word: “service”. Her favourite phrase: “At your service.” Her favourite sentence: “I want to make my life more meaningful by rendering service!” To a large extent, this summarises María Cristina’s goals and priorities at present…
Eva Bhattacharyya – Marketing Consultant
Eva was basically looking for a volunteering opportunity but could not find one that would slot into her busy and demanding life of work and family. Scanning the internet she found microvolunteering and was instantly attracted to what was being offered. She wanted to use her skills in marketing to help worthy causes and is promoting microvolunteering at her work place and elsewhere. She would like to continue flying the flag for microvolunteering and help to make positive change.
Eva lives in Preston, UK with her family and cocker spaniel called Rani. Her hobbies include reading, cooking and sneaking in 40 winks whenever she can!
Deborah Bright - Project Support
Debs operates a mean word processor and she means mean, when she says mean. A lot of the text that you see on this website has been typed by her gentle, but fair hand gained from her vast experience in secretarial positions since 1990, working in both the private and public sector in the UK.
You may have noticed that she bears the same surname as the Founder and you’d think there would be some type of connection between the two. Well, you’d be correct! She has been married to him since 1995. Debs enjoys swimming and sucking jolly great big lollipops, which occasionally get in the way of her telephone duties for Help From Home!
The occasional Volunteer pops their head above the parapet every now again to help us out on issues like promotion, writing media articles, sorting out the behind-the-scenes woowoo web stuff or perhaps finding microvolunteer actions on the internet. We’re forever grateful for their assistance and if you feel like popping your head above the parapet as well, give us a shout via our ‘Contact Us’ page or simply pop over to our ‘Volunteer For Us’ page to see what the latest opportunities are up for grabs.
We’d like to say a very public thankyou to those people who have helped us out either on an ongoing basis or on a previous occasion. Thankyou so much for very generously giving up your time – it’s very much appreciated.
We’re looking for more team members to increase our reach within the microvolunteering arena. Perhaps you have an idea to take microvolunteering forward – our Nonprofit Consultant, Luciana and Spanish Language Consultant, Cristina did and now they’re part of our team. If you’d like to join us on a committed, long term basis, then please use our ‘Contact Us’ page to get in touch. We’re all volunteers intent on making impact. We passionately believe microvolunteering is a force for good. We’d like to think you think that as well!