There are a variety of ways to volunteer for worthy local causes or local community organisations, or indeed for global charities far extending beyond the boundaries of Cambridgeshire. The choice is yours.
In addition to the traditional methods of volunteering, there are a few alternative ways that you can give your time and expertise, often from the comfort of your own home.
Micro – volunteering and the internet are together offering a powerful platform to support worthy causes at home and around the world. The concept is quickly gaining momentum and has opened up a communication channel between volunteers and charities which could potentially shape the future of volunteering in years to come.
So, what is it about volunteering through the internet that makes it so popular?
- It’s quick – a micro – action can take less than 10 minutes.
- it’s free.
- It can fit around your busy schedule.
Equally, charities are finding micro – volunteering an attractive option as they look for more innovative ways to recruit volunteers.
What types of activity can a volunteer get involved in?
The list is almost endless.
- Being a ‘pen pal’ with a hospitalised child.
- Sign an online petition for a cause you believe in.
- Knit an item of clothing for someone who is need of it.
- Helping a charity run their e-bay account.
- Offering translation services.
- Editing articles on Wikipedia.
- Supporting a charities web-presence.
- Helping a charity with their social media strategy.
There are several websites that offer such opportunities. These include:
As we always recommend, do your own research on the opportunity and the organisation and make sure that it is suitable for you and your circumstances.
Rosie Hall explains her experience with Micro-volunteering: