inform you of bite-sized actions
indicate required preparatory materials
suggest guidelines to run a Meetup
Circulate our Introduction to Microvolunteering guide, if necessary
Arrange a time and location of Meetup
If appropriate, send out details of event via our Meetup Invitation, freely downloadable via the image opposite. Tick off the items on the Invitation you wish attendees to bring along
Quite a few of our suggested micro-actions involve the internet, so invite attendees to bring along a wi-fi enabled device where relevant, or arrange to provide some of your own. Hopefully, your location will already be wi-fi enabled!
Take your pick of actions from the categories displayed below. Both sets offer instant, on-demand opportunities that can be completed in small amounts of time.
If you choose some of the opportunities from the ‘Offline Group Actions’ category, they will all need some type of equipment or material to participate in, usually no more than pencil, paper, card or knitting supplies.
Inform participants as to how the Meetup is going to be run, ie brief action descriptions, duration of session, awarding certificates (optional, see below)
Either assign all or certain groups of people to participate in particular actions, or allow participants to choose their own – the more internet enabled devices the better
Alternatively, take a look at the games we devised that feature some of the easy, no-login actions from our platform, which can be played as a group. Check out Benevolent Bingo or Famous For 15 Minutes
Take some photos of the Meetup event for your own records. Please consider sending us some of your photos, as we’d like to show other organisations who’s changing the world via microvolunteering.
Volunteer Centre West Lindsey - “This is, in fact, the second Meetup we’ve held, with the first one being for an internal team meeting this time last year. We really like the Microvolunteering Meetup resources because they are so eye-catching, and always encourage people to get involved….We didn’t have an especially high turn out on Friday but those people who did join in said how much they enjoyed it and felt it was “great to do something worthwhile.”
CUSU Volunteering - Whilst CUSU (Cambridge University Students Union) didn’t strictly use our Meetup template idea, they did hold a Microvolunteering event in February, 2014 where students could participate in actions run on similar-ish lines to our Microvolunteering Meetup idea. For inspiration as to how CUSU held their event, read their blog article