Busy? Yeah, aren’t we all? I’d love to be able to spend more time helping nonprofits and causes on a personal level, but finding the time to volunteer is difficult. Sure, I get help out through my work at Connecting Up, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to make a more personal contribution.
I’ve been having a bit of fun on Sparked over the past few months, and thought it’d be worth spreading the word about what they’re up to.
Sparked is championing the idea of “microvolunteering’ where nonprofit organisations ask people to complete small tasks online by creating “challenges.” Volunteers like myself then get the chance to participate in the challenges that match my skills and the type of causes I support.
It’s a super simple concept and it seems to be working really well. While it’s US based, local South Australian groups like Conservation SA and the Royal Institute have been using the platform to get help from volunteers across the globe.
As a volunteer, there are small rewards you can receive including: a thumbs up, an award of excellence and a simple thank you. I’m a sucker for achievements and virtual badges etc, so not only do I get the feel-good experience of helping out a nonprofit, but I also get a buzz when I receive a notification when I score a reward.
So, if you’re time pressed but have skills you’d like to lend to a nonprofit, charity or cause, check out Sparked and get stuck into a challenge!