Saturday 15 March 2014 was the first ever Microvolunteering Day, a chance for volunteer-involving organisations and people to join together to demonstrate the power and potential of the micovolunteering concept.
Microvolunteering is defined by the Institute of Volunteering Research as ‘bite-sized volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete’.
So basically, small, fun and flexible ways for people to help out quickly and easily – the sort that we’re really keen on here at Here To!
Led by Help from Home and other partner organisations including Here To, Microvolunteering Day invited individuals to complete micro-tasks in as little as 10 minutes, and advice and resources were made available to help charities and community projects to embrace the idea.
How we celebrated #MicroDay
As well as telling the Here To community about Microvolunteering Day through newsletters and on our social media channels, we also held our own ‘microvolunteering party’ as part of Tollington Community Open Day held at Islington Arts and Media School (IAMS).
17 pupils from the school volunteered a couple of hours to help the Tollington Ward Partnership (who were running the event) to find out more about what people thought of living in the area through a questionnaire.
In just 4 hours, the group of young people got 149 responses from guests, which equates to 69 hours of microvolunteering in total!
A big well done to the Year 11 pupils at IAMS who made this possible and all those involved in organising Tollington Community Open Day.
The findings from the survey will be used to help Councillors in the area and the Tollington Ward Partnership in their future decision-making.
Until next year!
If you’re interested in taking part in microvolunteering, visit the Here To website and sign up to something that takes your fancy.
If you’re interested in adopting the approach in your organisation, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re Here To help and have run training on microvolunteering for volunteer-involving charities.