It's the Little things that Count!
Today, April 15, marks Microvolunteering Day when volunteering is recast as an activity that needs not be constrained by stereotypical views of volunteering being a time and commitment intensive activity.
“Microvolunteering is volunteering done in small increments of on-demand actions that benefit our communities” says Scott Miller, Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand.
“The Serve For New Zealand initiative which encourages New Zealanders to spend at least one hour volunteering on Anzac Day is an excellent example of how volunteering can be done in a micro-capacity” says Miller.
More than 4,200 hours has been pledged via ServeFor NZ by more than 3,400 individuals of all ages. The campaign initiated by the Student Volunteer Army, RSA and the University of Canterbury encourages New Zealanders young and old in all areas of the country to volunteer.
“One advantage to microvolunteering with a local non-profit or community organisation is the opportunity to connect with other members of your community, and knowing that you’re doing something to benefit your area” says Miller.
Additional opportunities for microvolunteering throughout the year are available in your community, for example, by counting birds for Forest and Bird, using your lunchbreak to knit clothing for the Neonatal Trust, or “guerrilla gardening” a neighbour’s street front.
“People may feel they are unable to get involved because they have limited time, but even a brief amount of time and effort can make a difference to projects and purposes to our community”, says Miller.
Even a brief amount of time and effort can make a difference