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'Micro-Volunteering' Is A Trend That Lets You Make A Big Difference In A Small Amount Of Time

By seank

May 11, 2018 at 3:36pm

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You can do something right now that genuinely helps your fellow man — you won't need to spend any money and you only require a tiny amount of time.

Research has shown that volunteering has a variety of benefits for individuals, such as increasing social connectedness, stress reduction and even lengthening lifespans. It's human nature to care about others, but in our fast-paced lives its difficult to make the time to make a difference to those in need.

But what if I told you that you didn't need hours to help people, but mere seconds? It's fair to say that anyone could make a minute from their day to help those in need... and that's what 'micro-volunteering' is all about. 

As the name suggests, this is like a smaller version of traditional volunteering, with the beauty being that it can be done anywhere and anytime at your convenience via phone or computer. If thousands of us gave just one minute of our time a day, our combined efforts would be hugely impactful.

Initiatives such as Dairygold's Make A Minute provide a variety of easy ways for you to make a serious difference. You can brighten up the day of sick children, be a remote aid for the blind, help protect endangered species and more.

Here are six organisations you can micro-volunteer with right now...

Be My Eyes — Support the visually impaired

Be My Eyes connects blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers who can give them visual assistance through a live video call.

Click HERE to volunteer.


The Cheetah Conservation Fund — To help the cheetah

Cheetahs are Africa's most endangered big cat. Help the Cheetah Conservation Fund gain a better understanding of their habitat with the Cheetahs of Central Namibia project.

Click HERE to volunteer.

Count Flowers For Bees — To help the bees

Help Count Flowers for Bees create a flower map of Ireland to help conserve insects who need nectar and pollen, like bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

Click HERE to volunteer.

Gender in Technology — To support women in tech

Help Gender and Tech Magazines explore how women are represented in the tech world by examining their magazine archive.

Click HERE to volunteer.

Dúchas.ie — To preserve our history

Help Meitheal Dúchas.ie preserve and share the National Folklore Collection of Ireland by transcribing handwritten pages.

Click HERE to volunteer.

Post Pals — To make sick kids smile

Help Post Pals lift the spirits of seriously ill children simply by sending them cards, little gifts, letters and emails.

Click HERE to volunteer.


So, could you make a minute today?

Start micro-volunteering right now by clicking HERE.

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