What is micro volunteering?

It’s counting birds in your garden or signing a petition!

“Micro-volunteering is bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete.” VR & NCVO, November 2013

Examples can include:

  • Signing a petition
  • Taking part in a flashmob
  • Giving a talk to raise awareness
  • Manning a stall at a fair
  • Taking part in a street collection
  • Running at a sponsored race
  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Sorting out recycling
  • Baking a cake for a community event
  • Liking a Facebook page
  • Writing a blog post
  • Retweeting a message
  • Online sponsorship
  • Completing a questionnaire
  • Reporting an issue (e.g. graffiti)
  • Counting birds in your garden

Further reading…

Help from home
Help From Home is a Cardiff-based volunteer driven initiative that promotes and encourages participation in easy, no commitment, on demand nonprofit run microvolunteering opportunities where a spare 10 seconds to 30 minutes is all that is needed to help out worthy causes.

Microvolunteering Day (15 April 2016)
Microvolunteering Day is now in its third successful year (2016), and is a unique opportunity for microvolunteering platforms, volunteer involved organisations & individuals to join together in a synchronised effort to demonstrate the empowering potential of the microvolunteering concept. #microday


If you have any questions, or would like to know more, contact the CAS Volunteering Team at volunteering@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or 01473 345400.