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Small actions towards big changes - International Microvolunteering Day

Words by Cheyanne Bryan

The term ‘microvolunteering’ may not be a regular in your vocabulary but this guide will help you to unpack that.

When it comes to work in our local communities or connecting with larger organisations, we all have often come across volunteering and it is usually our first steps into learning new skills and building new relationships. 

Microvolunteering vs volunteering 

So, what’s the difference?

As the name suggests, microvolunteering works just like volunteering – freely giving your time or labour – but on a smaller scale. The main premise of microvolunteering may give those who don’t have a lot of time to dedicate themselves to scheduled volunteering hours but still want to participate in collective and community action. So don’t be discouraged! You can still contribute to your local community or causes you care about!

It all depends on you. Do you prefer one-off opportunities or a more scheduled and recurring gig?

Microvolunteering inspo

Not sure where to start? 

The scope for microvolunteering opportunities are far and wide, but here are some examples of microvolunteering examples to get you started. . 

  • Beach clean-up or litter picking
  • Data entry
  • Writing a letter to refugees, prisoners or hospitalised patients
  • Helping to run a stall at a fair
  • Mentoring

Charity check-in

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article. 

Reach Volunteering. This is a UK-based charity with the aim to connect volunteers to civil society organisations via their skills-based platform. Learn more here.

Hands On London. This is a charity that offers a noticeboard-style website to make finding volunteering and community service opportunities easier in London. Find out more here.

Volunteering Matters. This is a charity that aims to empower young people to take social action and overcome adversity, develop skills and lead local change. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Quality Education, Partnerships for Good. 

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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