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Micro-volunteering

Recent term coined to describe volunteering done in small chunks of time, even in minutes. While micro-volunteering can be done in various ways, it most often is a sub-set of virtual volunteering and is done online or via smartphone.

I Really Want to Know: What’s Going on Out There?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2014
Civic Engagement and the Internet: Online Volunteers, Mary C. Joyce
posting to Internet & Democracy Blog, Nov. 2007 -- note discussion of possible underutilization of willing online volunteers.
Days, Hours and Minutes of Service - Enough Is Enough, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2009
Extra, Extra! Ben Rigby talks micro-volunteering and community, 2010
online interview posted at NetSquared
Microvolunteering Is Volunteering, Jayne Cravens, 2011

Jayne's response to the Sparked Blog post of Ben Rigby on Microvolunteering Is Not Volunteering

Orange set to mobilise millions with volunteering app, 2011
UK news story posted on iVolunteer
Virtual Volunteering Revisited, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2014
Virtual Volunteers: How to Keep Engagement with Micro-volunteering, 2010
Series of posts to the TechSoup Discussion Forum
Why Microvolunteering Is Not Virtual Volunteering, Ben Rigby, 20110
and see the response: Microvolunteering Is Virtual Volunteering, blog post by Jayne Cravens
By the UK microvolunteering site, Help from Home, aimed at charities and nonprofits interested in exploring the world of microvolunteering. , 2011, pp. 42

Mike Bright, founder of Help From Home in the UK, reports on a wide variety of microvolunteering events. 

, 2015, pp. 40
"Donate Your Brain!" Microvolunteering Project of Tech Soup
Great example of how to create and run a micro-volunteering project.
Help from Home

UK site encouraging micro-actions that can be done in your pyjamas.

Micro-volunteering section of ivo.org

Materials provided on ivo by Help from Home. Also, see the blog post: http://ivo.org/pengecom/posts/micro-volunteering. Search the ivo site for "microvolunteering" to read over a dozen posts from different bloggers.

Mobile Volunteering

Project of Orange (a UK telephone company).

Spots of Time

UK site devoted to off-line activities taking only a short while to serve others.

We Are What We Do

A UK-based site that "creates stuff that makes it easier for people to do small, good things everyday," which they call "actions."

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Last Updated: May 20, 2015