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September, 2016 Update

Written on October 1, 2016 at 8:40 am, by

For this months blog post, we decided to take a different slant on things and provide a brief commentary on the state of the microvolunteering arena. Help From Home focuses on easy, no commitment actions that benefit worthy causes that can be completed in under 30 minutes or multiples thereof. We source actions that areContinue Reading

August, 2016 Update

Written on September 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm, by

August was one of those dead news stories month, where quite literally hardly anything happened – maybe we were all to busy getting wrapped in the Rio Olympics? UK based research company nfpSynergy did publish an article on microvolunteering, which has received quite a few responses covering questions on its definition, as well as itsContinue Reading

July, 2016 Update

Written on August 1, 2016 at 8:25 am, by

We haven’t published a survey for quite some time (the last one being released back in April 2013), so we decided to make amends and release the results of a questionnaire that had been running for over a year. It looked at what perceptions microvolunteers had of the microvolunteering arena, where we noticed some strikingContinue Reading

June, 2016 Update

Written on July 4, 2016 at 2:51 pm, by

We’re based in the UK, and if you haven’t heard we Brits have chosen to leave the European Union, with all the consequences and ramifications that that entails. How does this affect us personally? Well, not at all really, as we’re not dependent on any European funding to keep us going. But what about theContinue Reading

May, 2016 Update

Written on June 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm, by

May tends to be the calm after the storm, ie the frenetic build up prior to Microvolunteering Day on 15th April, 2016 tails off into an easier pace, compiling the Impact and Research Report for the Day.  As the report was published on 1st May 2016, it falls into this update to announce it.  CueContinue Reading

April , 2016 Update

Written on May 1, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

What a busy month April twas, completely dominated by our annual Microvolunteering Day on April 15th. You can read our Preliminary Feedback blog post here. If you can’t be bothered to have a read, then the bottom line was that it was bigger and better than last year, with a caveat that we could stillContinue Reading

Microvolunteering Day 2016 – Preliminary Feedback

Written on April 18, 2016 at 11:13 am, by

Microvolunteering Day on April 15th was yet again deemed another huge success, where involvement from the public and in particular organisations surpassed last year’s activities by quite a decent margin. Social Media By way of example, here’s the lowdown on the social media hubbub that discussed or mentioned Microvolunteering Day, as compared to last year: Twitter:Continue Reading

March, 2016 Update

Written on April 1, 2016 at 10:50 am, by

One of the biggest surprises for this month, and indeed for the year so far was to learn we had been chosen as one of the ‘delivery partners’ for the UK’s BBC #DoSomethingGreat campaign to inspire people to do something great in their communities. The BBC are making a big thing of the microvolunteering concept,Continue Reading

February, 2016 Update

Written on February 29, 2016 at 9:02 pm, by

February seemed like a whirlwind of activity compared to January. Plenty to talk about, but I’ll be as brief as I can without boring you. There’s been a slight uptake in interest in the microvolunteering concept from employee volunteering brokers. One of the leading firms in this sector, called Benefacto, approached us to provide themContinue Reading

January, 2016 Update

Written on February 5, 2016 at 8:14 am, by

January or February normally sees us taking a mini break from operations for about 2 weeks. This year  it was January’s turn for our yearly sojourn to far off lands, namely Nicaragua. Consequently this months update will be short and sweet. The UK government sent a call out at the beginning of January for ideasContinue Reading

December, 2015 Update

Written on January 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm, by

This time of year tends to be a bit of a dead zone for us.  Apart from a Twitter Advent Calendar Campaign, we couldn’t really start anything as the Christmas/New Year shutdown eat into our activities, and everybody’s else’s!  Still, it gave us time to catch up on compiling all the round up news andContinue Reading

November, 2015 Update

Written on November 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm, by

15th April 2016 is Microvolunteering Day, our very own International Awareness Day focussed around…microvolunteering. Why are we telling you this in November?  We want to start getting the word out about it!  One of the campaigns for this Day is to encourage people to microvolunteer via their smartphone.  We’ve noticed an increase in microvolunteering smartphoneContinue Reading

October, 2015 Update

Written on November 1, 2015 at 9:38 am, by

For some time, we’ve been mindful of the fact that we’ve been storing lots of information about the microvolunteering arena that hadn’t really seen the light of day. We were also aware about various chunks of microvolunteering information scattered around the net that hadn’t been centralised for easy viewing by the voluntary sector. It tookContinue Reading

September, 2015 Update

Written on October 1, 2015 at 10:42 am, by

Most of September was taken up in creating a new resource section to enable nonprofits to create a microvolunteering action. The main impetus behind creating this section was because we noticed on Microvolunteering Day back last April, that many actions that were promoted by organisations took the form of Facebook ‘likes’ or retweeting Tweets. MicrovolunteeringContinue Reading

August, 2015 Update

Written on September 1, 2015 at 10:23 am, by

Over the years we’ve had quite a few enquiries from people wishing to complete their community service hours (either court ordered or as part of an award programme) by participating in microvolunteering actions via our platform. Everybody that asks, requests verification of their hours from us which we are unable to comply with as weContinue Reading

July, 2015 Update

Written on August 1, 2015 at 10:54 am, by

July was definitely not a ‘much a do about nothing’ type of month. We welcomed a new member to our Team in the guise of Charlie-Helen Robinson who became our representative in Australia. We’ve been dealing with her on an ad hoc basis since the beginning of the year, and we had no hesitation inContinue Reading

June, 2015 Update

Written on July 1, 2015 at 10:02 am, by

We’ve had quite an influx of volunteers helping us during the past month. Normally, 99% of all the volunteers that offer their help to us do not follow through with their offer. So, it’s quite surprising this month to have some repeat volunteers who started off with one task, but diversified into another one. SomeContinue Reading

May, 2015 Update

Written on June 1, 2015 at 10:03 am, by

Most of April was taken up with organising Microvolunteering Day which was then followed up in the first half of May by collating all the stats and stuff into an Impact and Reach Report. Took us several weeks to finally stitch everything together, and we think it provides a good snapshot of how orgs areContinue Reading

April, 2015 Update

Written on May 1, 2015 at 9:24 am, by

It’s a short blog post this month because April saw the largest single event we’ve ever held, namely International Microvolunteering Day, where we literally didn’t have time for anything else. It was held on April 15th, and was the second Microvolunteering Day that we’ve organised. We felt it was a huge success, what with schoolsContinue Reading

March, 2015 Update

Written on April 1, 2015 at 8:57 am, by

There’s been a few bursts of interest in the possible connection we’ve found between microvolunteering / improved well being / improved convalescing patients recovery time. The most important interest so far has come from UK based National Health Service (NHS), who held their annual NHS Change Day on March 11th. One of their campaigns wasContinue Reading