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.