Micro-volunteering is a relatively new idea in the world of volunteer management. Micro-volunteering is performing small, quick actions that make a big difference when many people combine their efforts. It has arisen in response to changes in the ways people prefer to volunteer their time, new ways we are connected and able to communicate in our modern era, and the attraction of volunteering with little time commitment.
A great example of micro-volunteering is Freerice.com. Users play a vocabulary game and each question answered correctly results in rice donated to hungry people throughout the world. The game is something that can be played at any time, for any length of time, anywhere. Because of sponsors and the revenue from ads, the program is able to raise money and provide its hunger efforts, relying upon volunteers large numbers of people making the small contribution of time to play the game.
Other examples of micro-volunteering involve simple actions through social media such as following a nonprofit organization on Facebook or writing a positive review on a review website. These actions can be performed with barely any burden upon the volunteer; they don’t require filling out an application, attending an orientation, performing a background check, or receiving any training. They can, however, have impressive results when coupled with the efforts of other people doing the same thing. One person sharing an invitation to a fundraiser may have little effect on its own, but a thousand people sharing an invitation to a fundraiser may result in many people attending or learning more about the organization.
A great thing about volunteering for WOW! Children’s Museum is that we offer a wide variety of roles with different requirements of time or skills. You can volunteer working with children or without. You can do unskilled tasks like cleaning or restocking supplies or help us with our database and marketing efforts. You can volunteer every week to host an art activity, or you can micro-volunteer just once and help us that little bit. All volunteer service is welcome and appreciated.
Learn more about micro-volunteering opportunities at WOW! here.
Learn more about our other volunteer opportunities here.