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CHANGE THE WORLD IN JUST YOUR PYJAMAS!

Free Microvolunteering Consultancy Service

What is microvolunteering?

Microvolunteering = highly enjoyable work done by people in their pyjamas who know they can save the world in a few minutes.

Microvolunteering can be described as those actions that benefit a worthy cause, where the main bulk of the task can be completed on demand in one or more sessions of up to 30 minutes. Most of the actions can be performed online,  from the comfort of your own home or on the go. The diversity of microvolunteering tasks covers almost all imaginable jobs and occupations, going from simple play, to advanced professional work.

What is a worthy cause?

It can be anything related to human rights, education, poverty, democracy, gender equality, environment or art… the challenges humanity faces today are very diverse, and the demand for people eager to help is also great. See our worthy cause definition webpage for more information.

Microvolunteering is relatively new.  For the purposes of our consultancy service, we have divided microvolunteering projects into three categories :

1. Already running, and successful microvolunteering projects.

Here are some examples of existing microvolunteering activities : blogging and microblogging for a cause, e-mentoring, book sharing, uploading license-free photos, submitting micro-reports about your community, coordinating non-violent protest movements through the internet, creating a ‘free to share’ culture, contributing with knowledge and advice, etc.

2. Innovative microvolunteering ideas.

These initiatives might be only at the concept stage for now, yet the future will surely see them implemented. Examples are mass distance teaching, e-health initiatives, collective writing projects, fighting corruption , citizen journalism,  collective scientific research, using new technologies to transfer skills and knowledge to disadvantaged communities, etc.

3. New microvolunteering initiatives…to be created!

Here is where we step in. We are offering you a FREE CONSULTANCY SERVICE to help your organization implement microvolunteering. When we say free, we mean free - no strings attached!

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How does the FREE CONSULTANCY SERVICE work ?

We help you learn to use microvolunteering for the benefit of your organization and we guide you to create new microvolunteering opportunities opened to global citizens.

1. You contact us or we contact you (it can work either way)
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2. You will be given relevant and concise information about microvolunteering and how to use it for your specific cause. In order to keep it short and clear, we’ve created a series of Microvolunteering Guides, available via the web button below. Each guide focuses on a different cause (such as education,  media, social exclusion, poverty, health) and features a collection of microvolunteering ideas and practical tips that could help you successfully implement microvolunteering to achieve your organization’s goals.
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3. You decide how you want the consultancy process to be delivered and the preferred means of communication with our team. We help you create the microvolunteering opportunity, from beginning to the end - at no cost.
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! The consultancy process is direct, interactive, personalized and FREE !
Note : Please take note that we can’t provide any funding or material support for your organization. Our free consultancy service is not about money, as is neither volunteering.
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4. Your organization’s microvolunteering project comes to life.
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5. You complete our Registration Form and your brand new microvolunteering opportunity gets added to our Help From Home database!
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You are of course free and encouraged to post/advertise your new microvolunteering opportunity on other external sources, as well. Refer to our Consultancy Resources guide for more information.
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6. Congratulations ! You’ve entered the world of Microvolunteering !

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Who We’ve Helped

We thought we’d let you know about some of the organisations who’ve used our service to further their cause. You can see how we’ve helped them via our Consultancy Testimonials page.

Beyond Violence “The input made us realise all the potential that already exists within our organisation, but even more the exciting new ways of creatively involving our supporters”

Shine “In the New Year we will start to design “bite-sized” activities….we are calling on Help from Home’s free consultancy service to assist us with this.”


Barry Ideas Bank “Help from Home has inspired colleagues to check out micro-volunteering. The idea of ‘pyjama philanthropy’ overcomes any objections about not having enough time or need to get prepared. We are already getting people inquiring what ‘little’ thing they can do to promote good causes in Barry.

Global Giving
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Visit Woods


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Reports and Findings

The Institute of Volunteering Research published a major report in June, 2012, ‘Microvolunteering: doing some good through smartphones?‘ that looked into the current engagement and the future needs of people microvolunteering via a smartphone.

By way of introducing the topic, it stated that:

“….much of the recent discussion surrounding micro-volunteering has revolved around its potential in engaging people who don’t participate in voluntary action and charitable giving and in providing a catalyst for further engagement in other forms of participation”.

One of it’s findings concluded by stating that it’s report:

“….highlights the need for micro-opportunities to be designed and targeted in different ways to wider volunteering. A greater emphasis should be placed on the activity, creating new and different actions that are easy and quick to complete and potentially feed into peoples values and interests.”

We feel that our Microvolunteering Consultancy Service is addressing quite a few of the issues raised in the above report and contributing to the overall awareness of how nonprofits and individuals can engage in bite-sized micro actions.

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Feedback

We are grateful for any feedback, constructive or otherwise (but preferably constructive) on any aspect of our consultancy service for nonprofits.  Just click the link below to participate in our very simple survey that will help us to  improve our service for you.

- 10  questions
- A few minutes max to complete

For more information, you can visit our Consultancy FAQs page or contact us at nonprofit@helpfromhome.org

The Last Word

Our Nonprofit Consultancy Service is a subsidiary project of the Help From Home initiative. It’s sole aim is to encourage and inspire nonprofits to enter and discover the huge benefits of the microvolunteering arena.