Definition of a Microvolunteering Action
We use the following soundbite definition to convey the essence of microvolunteering – ‘on-demand, no commitment, sub 30 minute actions that benefit a worthy cause’. However, we also use a more expansive list of factors to define a microvolunteering action, suitable for inclusion on our database. It’s a non-exhaustive list, in no particular order and we may be flexible on some of the criteria below:
it must instill in people a sense of helping others, rather than themselves
it must create impact or make a difference
it should be able to be completed in under 30 minutes or multiple sessions thereof
it must be easy(ish), so that Mr + Mrs Average can participate in them
it must have no or very low commitment
it must be free to participate in or maybe involve a modicum of material costs. We tend to steer clear of any action that asks for a donation as part of the action or costs money to participate in and where they do, we consider them on a case by case basis
it must involve no or perhaps a modicum of specialist training or knowledge required, apart from the very simple instructions on the actual website to complete an action
it typically should not require an application or screening process
with three exceptions Help From Home does not knowingly exclude volunteer opportunities by reason or race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability. The three exceptions being where an opportunity promotes or proselytizes religion, military or a political party’s involvement for its own personal gain.
it must have a webpage that can be referred to
it must be either home or garden based or, in the context of the various projects Help From Home runs, be able to be completed within the environment of that project, eg. an office in the Help From Work project or a classroom in the Help From School project
it preferably should be non-location based, so that anybody anywhere in the world can participate in it. However, we recognise that this is not always the case and we will consider microvolunteering actions that are locally based as well.
it should have flexible participation, ie. it can be done anytime
it should appear to have longevity, ie anything that appears to be available for 6 months or less will tend to not be considered, but we’re flexible on this on a case by case basis
it should benefit a worthy cause
If you’re aware of any microvolunteering action that fits the above criteria and you think we should know about it, give us a tinkle via our Contact Us page. Please include just a brief description about the action and a webpage where we can find it. Thanks alot for your help.