“Life is never too busy that there is no time to serve.”
If you’ve ever thought to yourself “I would volunteer if I had more time,” stop what you are doing and go read this article.
After reading the article, I joined Sparked.com, a site for microvolunteering.
What is microvolunteering?
Microvolunteering gives you the chance to help nonprofits in your spare time. Speak Spanish? Help translate a paragraph. Enjoy design? Critique a new logo. Love technology? Provide computer assistance. Care about a cause? Help nonprofits strategize around outreach. Whatever your interests or skills, you can use them to help nonprofits all over the world. It’s amazing what we can do with our spare time.
I can’t get enough of Sparked.com. First, the idea behind it is genius. Finally, a place for nonprofits to post “challenges” for things they need help with (e.g., web/blog design, logo creation, grant research/writing, t-shirt design, fundraising ideas, etc.). On the other end are volunteers who can opt in to respond to these challenges. Nonprofits get free services and brainstorming sessions, and volunteers get endless opportunities to build portfolios, network, and give back. It’s a win0win!
When you sign up as a volunteer, you’re asked what causes you would like to follow and what skills you have to offer.
The sign up process was quick and easy. And the site itself is very user-friendly. I appreciate the simplicity and interactivity of the site. Because of the ease of signing up, I’ve already been able to respond to two challenges.
What are you waiting for? Start micro-volunteering today!