When it comes to helping others, there really is no such thing as “too little”. We understand the impact that all the little things can have when they’re added together here at Pledjar, since we’re lucky enough to see how much change can be made by people just donating their spare change to the causes they care about.
That’s why we want to tell you about International Microvolunteering Day, which takes place on the 15th April every year. It’s a very similar idea to Pledjar, but turning spare minutes, rather than spare change, into real change for charities, not-for-profits and research organisations around the world. In as little as one minute, you can make the world a better place this International Microvolunteering Day.
So, how can you get involved?
Put your skills to good use
Are you a copywriter in your 9 to 5? A teacher in your day job? Or do you have an artistic talent you’d like to put to good use? There are so many online opportunities for people to put their unique, existing skills to work for the good of charitable organisations or not-for-profits.
The UN has an entire website devoted to listing online volunteering opportunities you can complete from the comfort of your home, or even in your office during your lunchbreak. Each ad also shows you which of the UN’s guiding principles and targets the project is working towards.
Just make sure you check the time commitment on each listing, as some of them are extended volunteering opportunities, rather than microvolunteering openings.
Unfortunately, one of the most obvious environmental risks we currently face is the presence of litter just about everywhere you look. The 2 Minute Foundation is a charity which focuses on solving this issue, two minutes at a time. This is an excellent example of a way that small actions completed en masse can have a really tangible impact.
There are lots of different ways you can get involved, from doing a #2minutebeachclean if you live near the coast, to a #2minutelitterpick or even just educating yourself on the issue at www.beachclean.net.
Complete a survey
This might seem like a weird way to volunteer, but charities rely on people answering their surveys voluntarily in order to gather data for all kinds of things. Often if they’re applying for funding, they will need to demonstrate anything from the percentage of people affected by the issue they work to improve, current awareness levels of the issue they work with and even the demographic of those engaged with the issue.
Keep your eyes peeled in your email inboxes or on social media for any charities you interact with that have posted surveys recently, and give them a few minutes of your time.
Pledge your pennies
Microvolunteering is an excellent way to fit good deeds and supporting the causes you care about into your regular day. As much as we would like to, it isn’t always possible to dedicate an hour or more of our time every week to help, but a couple of minutes on your lunch break may seem more manageable.
Similarly, it can be hard to find a wad of cash to split between your favourite charities, especially in such uncertain times. That’s why we’ve developed Pledjar, an app which rounds up all of your digital purchases to the nearest pound, using secure and seamless open banking technology. You can then donate these pennies to charities of your choice, with more than 100 different causes to choose from.
Just like microvolunteering, microdonations can really add up, which is why our app allows you to track your total impact over time. If everyone rounded up their morning coffee and donated it to charity, funding issues in the charity sector could really be a thing of the past.
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