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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

February, 2015 Update

Written on March 1, 2015 at 12:23 pm, by

Most of February has been taken up in making preparations for the upcoming Microvolunteering Day on 15th April this year. It’s the second time it’s been held, and this year we’re focussing on encouraging employee volunteering schemes to engage in a bit of bite-sized benevolence. This is because we’ve noticed lately that more and moreContinue Reading

January, 2015 Update

Written on February 1, 2015 at 7:25 am, by

A new year, a new start. Well, not exactly – more like a continuation of what we were doing last year! However, we intend for this year to herald in a slightly new direction for us. Over the last 7 years since we’ve been operating, we’ve never really focussed on a dedicated promotion / awarenessContinue Reading

December, 2014 Update

Written on December 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm, by

We introduced two new campaigns during the month of December, as a taster for when we properly promote them in 2015: – #Challenge2015: encouraging people to find 2015 seconds to do-good in the year 2015 (next year, it’ll be #Challenge2016) – #MicrovolunteeringMonday: encouraging people to create mini moments of meaningfulness, every Monday We also re-categorizedContinue Reading

2014 Review

Written on December 30, 2014 at 9:26 am, by

2014 turned out to be quite a productive year, one way or the other. We list down some of the highlights below for your edification: Projects / Campaigns Added – Microvolunteering Meetups – Spanish language version – Microvolunteering Day (external website) – #MicrovolunteeringMonday Resources Added – New posters for Help From Work project, here andContinue Reading

November, 2014 Update

Written on December 1, 2014 at 10:05 am, by

November proved to be a month when several research studies published their findings that featured microvolunteering. UK based nfpSynergy were first off with the publication of Parts 4 & 5 of their ‘The New Alchemy’ report. To cherrypick some quotes: ‘….survey results showed 45% of volunteer managers thought it (microvolunteering) provided a “good introduction” toContinue Reading