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January, 2013 Update

Written on January 31, 2013 at 8:49 pm, by admin

Happy New Year – a bit belated, I know, but better late than never. To kick start the New Year, we released a project focused around Global Awareness Days.  We formed a collaboration with Click Aid International in the guise of a blog that would provide background information about certain International Awareness Days, accompanied byContinue Reading

December, 2012 Update

Written on December 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm, by admin

It was a quiet month this month, what with Christmas and New Year celebrations to contend with. We started a campaign to promote microvolunteering to Rotaract Clubs, firstly to the UK and then we’ll be expanding globally in the New Year.  Rotaract Clubs, if you weren’t aware, are opened to 18-30 year olds who wantContinue Reading

November, 2012 Update

Written on November 30, 2012 at 11:24 am, by admin

Quite a few things happened during the month, so here’s a précis of everything. Events - IBM Research invited me to be a panellist during a workshop/session on microvolunteering at the CSCW 2013 event in Texas. Two problems came up straight away.  I’d have to fund my own way there from the UK and plusContinue Reading

October, 2012 Update

Written on October 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm, by admin

Hot on the tails of the disappointment with NESTA’s decision not to fund HFH, we have now been informed that we’ve reached Stage 2 of an award run by Nominet Trust. This funding body focuses on projects that use digital technology to benefit society and we’ve submitted an application to add some enhancements to ourContinue Reading

September, 2012 Update

Written on October 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm, by admin

Not much happened over the previous month, due mainly to the fact we took a break from operations for approximately three weeks. Anyway, we teamed up with a supporter of a charity called Moving Mountains, to raise money for them via a humorously (hopefully) pre-written Claim-To-Fame Family Tree gift.  Moving Mountains is a charity thatContinue Reading

August, 2012 Update

Written on August 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm, by admin

A lot to report here, so I’ll be brief on all of them: - The biggest news (well the biggest news with the biggest potential) is that Help From Home has got through to the last round of the NESTA’s Innovation in Giving Award. Up to £50K could be paid out.  Never in a millionContinue Reading

July, 2012 Update

Written on July 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm, by admin

July proved to be a very busy month for volunteers helping out Help From Home. I’m now sort of beginning to realise that the way you word a request for volunteers can make a huge difference to the take-up rate. I introduced a role called Odd Jobs which are the little jobs that once they’reContinue Reading

June, 2012 Update

Written on July 3, 2012 at 7:49 pm, by admin

Volunteers, banks, parties, articles – quite a few things happened last month, that made it a more active month than most, and things didn’t really begin to happen until the 2nd half of the month. We’ve been getting a bit of publicity via our ‘The Rise of Microvolunteering’ article, which has been circulated in quiteContinue Reading

May, 2012 Update

Written on June 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm, by admin

Had some very interesting chats with several organisations during the past month. First off was Give More, a UK wide campaign to encourage people to give more time, energy and money to UK communities. They liked the ethos of our approach to encouraging people to give more time, to the extent that they included usContinue Reading

Grab Some Very Unique Rewards!

Written on May 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm, by admin

We’ve created our very first crowdfunding project and we’re quite (ok, very) excited about it. We would like to add some twinkle and sparkle to people’s Profile pages when they log in, so that they can monitor: - how much time they’ve spent microvolunteering - what causes they’ve supported - what their impact is We’veContinue Reading

Fancy a bit of Fame?

Written on May 19, 2012 at 6:19 am, by admin

We have been very fortunate to recruit a highly respected PR guru who has offered to volunteer some of her time to help us out with a fair bit of media exposure regarding the impact Help From Home is making. She wishes to compile a general article on microvolunteering for a UK / Global press release and is looking for case studiesContinue Reading

April, 2012 Update

Written on May 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm, by admin

We are proud to announce that we have a new service up and running in the guise of our Free Microvolunteering Consultancy Service. It’s aimed at introducing non profits to the concept of microvolunteering, followed by advice/guidance on creating actual microvolunteering actions themselves. As far as we know, we’re pioneering this service as we believeContinue Reading

March, 2012 Update

Written on April 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm, by admin

After a lot of dipping in and out of LinkedIn over the years, I finally took the plunge and signed up to it. Not sure how useful it will be to me and HFH, but so far it looks promising-ish. I’ve certainly found out more details about people who I’ve been in occasional dealings withContinue Reading

February, 2012 Update

Written on February 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm, by admin

LeapCR is one of the leading employee volunteering organisations out there and at the beginning of the month, they showed a healthy level of interest in Help From Home, to the point where they invited me for a phone interview.  Had a good conversation with them, well in fact it wasn’t so much of aContinue Reading

January, 2012 Update

Written on January 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm, by admin

Now that our website is looking a little more zippier and zappier, we’re getting a lot more interest in our initiative – in fact the number of people visiting the site has more than doubled.  We’re up to an average of 8,000 visits per month and growing. We’ve been busy recruiting volunteers via our ‘VolunteerContinue Reading