As our schedules become increasingly busier, it is challenging to find time and agency to volunteer, especially when volunteering can demand a significant time commitment. That being said, the Mayo Clinic has researched and identified several health benefits of volunteering, including its ability to reduce stress, improve physical and mental health, teach valuable skills, and strengthen existing relationships. Additionally, volunteers help nonprofit organizations reduce their costs, expand their community impact, and provide better services to clients.
Microvolunteering is a means to combat the problem of limited time yet an ardent desire to volunteer. By providing all the benefits of volunteering, but in a more flexible, manageable arrangement, it can accelerate change.
Our platform encourages community members to engage in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) activities in sustainable ways. Our goals are broken down into:
Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities to those who have useful professional skills but limited time
Increase number of IDEA volunteers
Improve quality of individual volunteer experience, volunteering motivation and understanding
Increase number of volunteering hours, in person, remotely, and digitally
Improve access to volunteers with professional experience
Increase number of new volunteers
Improve experience engaging new and existing volunteers
Decrease hours spent coordinating volunteers
Enhance employee volunteer programs with IDEA community partners
Increase number of IDEA nonprofit partners
Increase number of employees who take paid VTO or increase the number of companies that offer paid VTO
Improve quality of group volunteer experience
The activities on our platform are focused on influencing the following nine pivotal points: