Microvolunteering: what is it and why should you do it?

Microvolunteering takes a simple idea - that people are more likely to volunteer their time in short and convenient, bite-sized chunks - and turns it into a new approach to community action. It offers volunteers a series of easy tasks that can be done anytime, anywhere, on your own terms.

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It could involve anything from signing a petition or retweeting a message to taking part in a flashmob or counting birds in your garden. The only requirements are that volunteers don’t need to go through an application or training process, the tasks take only minutes to complete, and it doesn’t require any ongoing commitment.

The vast majority of micro-volunteering takes place online but it doesn’t have to; weeding a garden in a local community centre or going to visit a lonely neighbour for half an hour or so counts just as much.