Micro-volunteering is volunteering that can be done in small bursts. It's a way to get involved without having to make a big commitment, which would typically prevent extremely busy people from being able to participate. Instead, it allows people to help as their schedule allows. It can be hard as a volunteer manager to switch gears from thinking you need to provide ongoing opportunities for your volunteers to alternatively providing short-term ways to serve, but remember: micro-volunteering allows you to establish more relationships that can evolve into bigger commitments in the future.
Examples of micro-volunteering:
- Signing a petition
- Donating goods
- Running a sponsored race
- Reposting a message on social media
- Baking cookies for a sale
Micro-volunteering can help your organization to attract a greater number of people to get involved and it can pave the way to more long-term volunteer commitments. It might be time to start thinking about what micro-volunteering opportunities your organization can bring into your community.