This week’s article will be looking into the world of microvolunteering. The 15th of April was Microvolunteering day, although, you can participate in microvolunteering throughout the year. Microvolunteering day is a unique opportunity for different microvolunteering platforms, volunteer involved organisations and individuals to join together in a synchronised effort to demonstrate the empowering potential of the microvolunteering concept. It aims to engage individuals in microvolunteering tasks and inspire them and organisations on embracing the idea. To celebrate this event, which is now in its third successful year, the volunteer centre took part in a number of initiatives.
One of the ways in which we got involved is through launching a competition to see who could donate the most grains of rice via the FreeRice game. FreeRice is a word game where for each correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme to help end hunger. All money raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Programme to help feed the hungry. They have already raised enough rice to feed millions, but with the help of the Volunteer Centre Dacorum and you, they could achieve so much more.
There are many other ways in which you can get involved in microvolunteering, for example, our knitters have made a huge contribution to microvolunteering by knitting many different items which will be donated to charity. Our Chair of Trustees, Derek Peverill, donated one household item each day throughout the whole of March to different charities; and it really is that easy!
You can even set up your own microvolunteering event; all you need is an enticing idea. Once you have an idea or action, all you need to do is promote it to volunteers; who could even be your friends and family. Promotion and marketing is vital in microvolunteering as this is how you will create your buzz and get people motivated to partake. Social media is a key tool and for even more tips and ideas, why not visit https://knowhownonprofit.org/how-to/how-to-set-up-a-microvolunteering-project.
You still have time to do your bit and make a difference, so what are you waiting for? Go forth and microvolunteer!
As a result of this event, Volunteer Centre Dacorum is featured in the Impact and Reach Report for Microvolunteering Day (page 9). http://www.microvolunteeringday.com/…/mv-day-report-2016.pdf