Do you want to volunteer but the same old reasons of not enough time or unable to commit to a long term role keep holding you back?
Micro Volunteering is the answer – bite-size tasks with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and finish. It’s a perfect way for you to do something good or give back, mostly from home, because 80% of micro volunteering takes places online.
We’ve put together a variety of microvolunteering ideas and there really is something for everyone:
Positivity by post volunteers send positive cards or packages to anyone who has a chronic illness/disability or mental ill health in the UK.
Post Pals volunteers send cards, letters, emails and small gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.
Loving Hands volunteer crafters knit, crochet and sew for charities and groups all over the world.
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers who lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives.
FCancer volunteers donate their skills by the hour to support cancer charities (eg. photography, coding, writing and design) and help beat cancer.
Campaign to End Loneliness has ways for you to get involved locally or nationally with campaigns and ideas.
Dementia Friends volunteers learn about dementia so they can help their community by raising awareness and understanding.
Give Nature a Home volunteers build homes for nature where they live.
Hedgehog Homes volunteers help hedgehogs when they go into hibernation by creating permanent structures in their gardens.
United Nations Online Volunteers (UNV) allows volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world. Some of their projects do require a little more time and commitment.
Zooniverse enables volunteers to take part in real cutting edge research of all kinds, from classifying galaxies to counting penguins to transcribing manuscripts, there’s a project for everyone.
Missing Maps volunteers help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. Many of the places where disasters occur are ‘missing’ from any map and first responders lack the information to make decisions regarding relief efforts.
Furlonteer connects skilled professionals with remote volunteer opportunities. If you’ve been furloughed, are taking time out, searching for your next role, or employed with time to spare they have opportunities for everyone.
Remember – many people doing small actions can make a big impact!