Help From Work
Recognize any of the ‘spare time’ activities below? The links take you to actions that benefit nonprofits! If you don’t need to change anything you already do, how far would you go to benefit worthy causes?
Surfing the Net – fundraise for free
Viewing photos – assist the blind
Watching videos – help deaf people
Facebooking – free fundraising
Listening to music – fundraise for free
Playing games – feed the hungry
Emailing – benefit sick children
Inspired? See below for more ways to do good from your workplace! Volunteering was never this easy.
We’ve provided two free guides to download and acquaint yourself with the microvolunteering concept.
Introduction to Microvolunteering
Inspired? See below for ideas on how to incorporate microvolunteering within your employer supported volunteering program!
From 1 to 30 minutes. Bite sized morsels of meaningful goodness, all squeezed within your lunch break!
Invest in 2 hours worth of actions, for that extra bit of oomph to your employee volunteering program!
Change from people watching to people helping. Quick sub 10 minute actions to show you care on your commute to or from work! Wifi access required.
Use your computer, laptop or tablet to work on no commitment, on-demand projects that can be completed via your desktop in under 30 minutes!
All the fun, all the action, just offline! For individuals or a get together of groups of people. Actions include writing, crafting, recycling, and snipping!
Each workplace is different. The following pointers therefore are only guidelines. Adapt to suit.
Select a few interested individuals and invite them to microvolunteer in their lunchbreak. Obtain feedback. If positive, share amongst other employees
Perhaps set up a communal account with a nonprofit, so that employees can contribute to one task and monitor the firms overall impact. See an example from Monmouthshire County Council for their employees, via the Freerice game
Share news, photos and experiences of employees microvolunteering actions via email, newsletter or intranet. Recognize individuals / departments who are engaging the most with a Recognition Certificate
Develop further with regular microvolunteering meetups. See below for further ideas for names, event dates, and posters
Meet ‘n Microvolunteer
Hang Out to Help Out
Click and Change Circle
Change Tomorrow, Today
Work 4 Change
1st Friday in March
Employee Appreciation Day
1st week in April
International Fun At Work Day
Give and Gain Day (employee volunteering)
Uses Microvolunteering actions from HFH in their Flex Work Employee Network scheme, that also utilizes a Microvolunteering Raffle to encourage engagement
Sainsburys employees participated in various micro-actions via VCS North Kesteven’s employee supported volunteering scheme
Used the FreeRice initiative to encourage their staff to engage in a spot of microvolunteering, as part of UK’s Volunteering Week, 2015
Micro-actions from HFH were included in Ebay’s employee social innovation platform, ‘Little Bits of Good’
‘The Virtues of Virtual Volunteering and Online Fundraising’
‘Service in Seconds: The Benefits of Lunchtime Volunteering’
‘A Little Bit of Employees’ Time Can Go a Long Way as a ‘Microvolunteer’
‘New workplace innovations abound in 2013′