Free Microvolunteering Consultancy Service
Microvolunteering can be described as those actions that benefit a worthy cause, where the main bulk of the task can be completed on demand in one or more sessions of up to 30 minutes.
It is highly enjoyable work done by people in their pyjamas who know they can save the world in a few minutes.
Most of the actions can be performed online, from the comfort of your own home or on the go. The diversity of microvolunteering tasks covers almost all imaginable jobs and occupations, going from simple play, to advanced professional work.
It can be anything related to human rights, education, poverty, democracy, gender equality, environment or art… the challenges humanity faces today are very diverse, and the demand for people eager to help is also great. See our worthy cause definition webpage for more information.
Microvolunteering is relatively new. For the purposes of our consultancy service, we have divided microvolunteering projects into three categories :
Here are some examples of existing successful microvolunteering activities:
blogging for a cause
citizen science projects
uploading license-free photos
micro-reporting about communities
contributing knowledge and advice
creating a ‘free to share’ culture
coordinating non-violent protest movements through the internet etc
These initiatives might only currently be at the concept stage, yet the future will surely see them implemented. Examples are:
mass distance teaching
collective writing projects
collective scientific research
using new technologies to transfer skills and knowledge to disadvantaged communities, etc.
Here is where we step in. We are offering you a FREE CONSULTANCY SERVICE to help your organization implement microvolunteering. When we say free, we mean free – no strings attached!
We help you learn to use microvolunteering for the benefit of your organization and we guide you to create new microvolunteering opportunities opened to global citizens.
We thought we’d let you know about some of the organisations who’ve used our service to further their cause. You can see how we’ve helped them via our Consultancy Testimonials page, available via the button opposite.
Beyond Violence “The input made us realise all the potential that already exists within our organisation, but even more the exciting new ways of creatively involving our supporters”
Shine “In the New Year we will start to design “bite-sized” activities….we are calling on Help from Home’s free consultancy service to assist us with this.”
Unified and United “Help From Home is a truly wonderful solution for volunteering that promotes a new way to find opportunities in an inclusive and supporting environment.”
Our consultancy service won 1st prize at the Nantes Creative Generations, NCG Cooperation Award 2014, that is designed to support innovative citizen initiatives. We collaborated with 2 other projects from Europe to create ‘Graine de Jardin’, an initiative to create an urban garden where citizenship through microvolunteering workshops could take place. For more information, click here
The Institute of Volunteering Research published a major report in June, 2012, ‘Microvolunteering: doing some good through smartphones?‘ that looked into the current engagement and the future needs of people microvolunteering via a smartphone.
Here’s a few extracts from the report:
Sparked Consulting issued a White Paper in August, 2013 stating that a new model of volunteering, called The Mission Driven Volunteering could allow associations and their volunteers to focus their limited resources, and measure everything they do by how well it supports and contributes to the mission of their organizations. It also states that Mission-driven volunteers embrace the concept of adhocracy and micro-volunteering, allowing diverse groups of members to contribute in ways that make the most sense to them.
Here’s a few extracts from the report
The report goes on to say that:
“The common characteristics of micro-volunteering jobs are:
Discrete and/or small
Of the moment
Synchronized mass mobilization
Does not require an application process, screening, or training period
Takes only minutes to a few hours to complete
Does not require an ongoing commitment “
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The Last Word
Our Nonprofit Consultancy Service is a subsidiary project of the Help From Home initiative. It’s sole aim is to encourage and inspire nonprofits to enter and discover the huge benefits of the microvolunteering arena.