Microvolunteering can be fun, especially with a group of friends, knowing that you are collectively doing some good with bite sized actions that you can participate in at any time and whenever you choose! The downloadable version of the instructions below, are available here.
1) make it convenient for the group of friends you’re inviting
2) could be your own home, a student’s room, a public place. Anywhere really, so long as several people can access the internet at the same time. You should ensure you have a pc or laptop for others to access the net
3) ask them to bring along a wi-fi enabled device (but it’s not a problem if they don’t have one, as you’ll be providing internet access anyway)
4) aim for a group of about six people to participate: it’s an easily manageable number
5) use our freely downloadable invitation available opposite (optional). Tick off the items you wish your friends to bring along to the party
8 ) get together some materials relevant to the actions (we tell you what) and then grab some bite and drinks, unless you’ve requested your friends to bring some along
11) put some background music on (duh!)
12) inform your friends as to how the party is to going to be run, ie action description, action participation, party duration (usually 1 – 2 hours), competitive element (see below), awarding certificates (see below)
13) assign all or half the group to do particular actions (this is where it’s handy to have as many internet enabled devices as possible). Some actions give you an option to introduce a fun competitive element into the party (we tell you which ones)
16) upload some of your party photos to our Flickr account or send them via our Contact Us page and we’ll upload them ourselves. We want to show who’s changing the world via microvolunteering, whilst having an incy wincy bit of fun on the side as well! Oh, and if you can wear some pyjamas for the pics with a sign saying, ‘We changed the world in just our pyjamas!’, that’ll be great. Why? Just take a look at our tagline at the top of our website!
17) now go and tell other people about the meaningful moments you spent microvolunteering. Oh, and point them to this Party page – that would be nice as well!
Volunteer Centre West Lindsey - “This is, in fact, the second party we’ve held, with the first one being for an internal team meeting this time last year. We really like the microvolunteering party resources because they are so eye-catching, and always encourage people to get involved. The task sheet really helps to motivate people too, as they want to try and fill it. We didn’t have an especially high turn out on Friday but those people who did join in said how much they enjoyed it and felt it was “great to do something worthwhile.”
CUSU Volunteering – Whilst CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union) didn’t strictly use our party template idea, they did hold a Microvolunteering event in February, 2014 where students could participate in actions run on similar-ish lines to our Microvolunteering Party idea. For inspiration as to how CUSU held their event, read their blog article
The Last Word
The Microvolunteering Party project is a subsidiary scheme of the Help From Home initiative. It’s sole aim is to encourage and inspire youth (although of course you don’t have to be young to enjoy a good ol’ party!) to volunteer their time for the benefit of others and thus instil a sense of altruism from an early age.