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’s considered a pioneer in the promotion of the microvolunteering concept, and 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! He’s married with no kids, and continues to use the excuse of microvolunteering as a cover for his fetish of wearing pyjamas!
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 retired 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!
Charlie-Helen Robinson - Australian Representative
Charlie’s volunteering work is dedicated to reducing isolation in the community by stimulating social interaction online; perfectly aligning with our Microvolunteering philosophies. She is a social media, public relations and communications professional in Australia who has been implementing social and community engagement projects for many years, including through the University of South Australia, enhancing creative thought and idea generation through the use of social media. Not one to sit still, Charlie has undertaken research projects exploring the growing use of online technologies that specifically benefit the older generation; specifically looking at ways to support and encourage connections between our older generations via the various online platforms for them to thrive. She is a community leader for the Australian Carer and Australian Microvolunteering Facebook Groups based in Adelaide, where she happily lives near her mother and two daughters.
Deborah Bright - Project Support
Deb 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!
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!