By Cheryl Mahoney
Do you want to change the world, but feel like you don’t have a lot of time or resources? Would you really love something quick and easy that you can do in just a few minutes? Something you don’t have to leave the house for, or even get dressed to do? So you’re sitting in front of your computer in your pajamas and thinking you want to change the world…where do you go next from there? Well, this blog is one great place to come, of course, and I recently learned about another.
Help From Home is designed to bring together many different opportunities to help, all from the comfort of your own home–and your own pajamas (or “pyjamas,” as they spell it in Great Britain). This is another example of microvolunteering, and one which you don’t need an iPhone to do. Just pop over to the Help From Home website and explore the possibilities.
You could download a program for Distributed Computing, which then uses the spare processing power of your computer to work on important issues, like fighting AIDs. I don’t pretend to be tech savvy-enough to explain this one! Here’s a less technical one: you can help researchers watch for the Loch Ness monster. And you don’t even have to go to Scotland; just keep an eye on the webcam. Or if you like obscure words better than obscure monsters, you can submit definitions to the Community Dictionary. And for every two accepted definitions, a free lunch is donated to a hungry child. Or nurture a virtual tree online, which contributes to planting real trees off-line. If you want to be more hands-on in your environmental work, did you know you can contribute to nature conservation by tracking moths in your backyard? (You might want to get dressed for that one, though!) These are just a few of the opportunities on Help From Home–check out the site for even more. There’s more than 500 hundred of them listed.
Help From Home and its founder, Mike Bright, were recently featured by the BBC. Mike explained that he started the website out of a desire to help from home himself. When he started exploring the internet, he found all kinds of great and easy ways to contribute, but most people didn’t seem to know about them. So he started pulling together all these different opportunities to list them in one place: Help From Home. Read the BBC article for more information (and to find out about the cool competition Help From Home just placed second in!) Going into the future, Mike’s hoping to introduce the concept of lunchbreak volunteering to the workplace, and to produce an education pack for teachers to use with their students. As I’ve said before and will probably keep saying, it’s so exciting to think about what a huge difference a lot of people doing small things can accomplish–and it looks like Help From Home is set to help make it happen.
So if you want to volunteer and go somewhere exotic and far away, we know UniversalGiving is the place to come. :) But if you want to volunteer without actually going anywhere, Help From Home can make it easy for you to find the perfect way.