Micro-volunteering and why you should give it a go

Micro-volunteering involves the donation of time to small projects, typically supporting not-for-profit or charitable organisations.

The type of micro-volunteering that I have been trying my hand at is based online. It is perfect for those that either don’t have the time, or the stamina, or the inclination to run a 10K race* or participate in a triathlon. Instead they can donate their expert opinions and experience to answer issues such as ‘What do I do with my website?” and “How do I write a business plan?” that are posted by these charitable organisations. These charities can’t afford to pay marketing consultants, they’re operating on a shoestring, and thanks to social media they can see fantastic returns that require little financial investment.

I think it is a fantastic idea and I have been using Sparked.com** for a number of months now. Go ahead and give it a try, it offers a great way to make a real difference.

*I ran the Manchester 10K for Parkinson’s UK last year and, well, look at me. I’m sticking to micro-volunteering from now on. It’s not right to inflict those legs on the general public!

**Other micro-volunteering sites are available, feel free to add them – ‘Add a comment’ link is at the top of this post.

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About onlineastevens

Dad. Marketing Manager. Pie eater. Man City fan. Former Isle of Man resident. Professionally amateur guitarist.

Posted on April 29, 2011, in Blogging and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hi Andy! Just posted our blog on Microvolunteering! Thanks for letting us link to yours 🙂
    Jemma, USCATs.
    http://bit.ly/jIArAG

  2. Help From Home http://www.helpfromhome.org/ features over 800 microvolunteering actions that require no expertise or skill to participate in them. They can be done on the go, on demand and on your own terms. Each will take less than 30 minutes to complete.
    It promotes microvolunteering to schools, employee volunteer schemes, care home residents and home based people.

  3. Hi Andy,
    I’m writing a blog about microvolunteering at the moment for USCATs. Would you mind if I referenced this blog? All the best, Jemma.
    http://universitysalfordcommunityactionteams.wordpress.com/

  4. http://www.i-volunteer.org.uk/ is another site which connects volunteers, charities, social action groups and volunteer managers across the UK.

  5. The Analysis Exchange is also looking interesting at the moment, and the opportunities match a charity, a digital marketing expert and a student to work together: http://www.webanalyticsdemystified.com/ae/index.asp

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