Making the time is one of the biggest barriers to volunteering. Virtual (online and remote) and micro volunteering offers volunteers the opportunity to under-take bite size activities, often from home, or online, in a way that also works for the cause they support. It can be an excellent opportunity to recruit new volunteers, including for fundraising and digital.
Micro volunteering is short tasks that don't necessarily require any ongoing commitment. It can get lots done quickly and efficiently, and can save charities time and money. Virtual, online, home and remote volunteering are roles that you don't need to turn up to carry out, and may be micro volunteering as well.
Essentially, these are volunteering roles that engage people in your cause, who may otherwise not have the time.
With jobs and family commitments, lack of time can be a real barrier to volunteering and this is a simple way to encourage more to volunteer. Micro volunteering is any activity that can be undertaken for short periods and, if it's online, from anywhere, often from home. It can be used by any charity and it:
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There are a whole range of micro volunteering opportunities:
But these don't have to be online, or on an ongoing basis:
Professionals, particularly those with young families, may really like you, but simply be too busy to give you the time, so micro-volunteering can be perfect for them. Opportunities might range from:
Micro volunteering is often about offering quick, convenient tasks, but you still have to provide an appropriate level of direction and support. It's not always possible, but try to avoid the sometimes significant admin that you may require for long-term volunteers. A good way to do this is to provide simple, clear instructions for each task.
Micro volunteers usually work online for short periods, so it can be difficult for them to see that they're making an impact and that's important to them. Also, they may have very little interaction with the charity's staff and other volunteers, which can lead to them feeling somewhat isolated form the charity and its work. Think about how to encourage communication and feedback. For example, by creating a volunteering Facebook group to keep them up-to-date and engaged, or even have micro volunteering meet ups online.
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