It doesn't have to take a long time to make an impact. Education providers can organise small increments of time every week where students can come along, help with various causes and get a taste for volunteering.
Here are some considerations for organising weekly micro-volunteering days:
- It should be a short duration of 1-3 hours so students can fit it in their schedules.
- Activities should be easy to both organise and carry out to ensure sustainability.
- Consider holding it at the same time, same place each week.
- Some possibilities could be writing petitions or letters for worthwhile causes, putting together care packages for those in need, or mass tree planting. A good idea could be to set up a place where people can come and make cards to send to those who are disadvantaged.
- Recruit student volunteers interested in leadership opportunities to help you organise these days. They can research nonprofits in your area and come up with innovative and creative ways to help!
- Look into whether volunteer hours can be included on student transcripts.
Who has done it?
- University of Western Australia Guild Volunteering
- Packed safe sex packs for the WA AIDS Council
- Made soil sample kits for citizen scientists
- Performed craft activities for Baptistcare and Cancer Council WA
- Got their tech on with robogals
- Helped Fishability pack goodie bags and sort their merchandise
- Kept Bike Hike for Asthma participants hydrated
- Fundraised for Legacy Badge Appeal
- Federation University
- Held a sewing session to make pouch liners for orphaned animals
- Community gardening for students with green thumbs
Have you run a successful micro-volunteering day?