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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Sparked-Challenges-300.png”>You’re a busy professional trying to get on with your life and career. You haven’t really got enough spare time to dedicate hours of your valuable free time to volunteer, but you still want to be able to help charity on occasion. What do you do?
Join Sparked! Sparked enables busy professionals to help charities by micro-volunteering. Basically, if you have 5 minutes to spare, you can help a charity anywhere in the world.
Sparked is the connector between the volunteer organisations and the people who can help. All you need to do is join!
Why Volunteer With Sparked?
Sparked enables you to help charities:
- whenever you have 5 minutes spare.
- by quickly utilising your most valuable skills.
- without committing to future work.
- which you choose to be most important.
Volunteering With Sparked
Signing up for Sparked takes very little time and you can begin your volunteering in a matter of minutes. During the sign-up, you’ll be asked to list your professional skills and the charity types that you care for the most. This way, the tasks you are shown will be matched to both your abilities and tastes.
Sparked also allows you to nominate languages which you know, so you can assist as many charities as possible.
Registering A Volunteer Organisation
To help attract more volunteer organisations, I’ll make this point clear: Your organisation is worth registering. Register and see what other organisations are setting as challenges. Get ideas from others and run with them. No doubt other groups are getting help with things you never would have dreamed of asking about. Take a look around! If it can be done on a computer, it can be done by Sparked volunteers.
Do you have lots of volunteers ready, but don’t know how to find the right person for the job? Ask your regular volunteers to join Sparked “” you never know who might be able to help you with a task. Link Sparked to Twitter and Facebook in order to let your followers know there’s work you need done.
Social Good For Business
If you run a business and you want to donate some of your talent to charity, this is an ideal way to do it. Register your business with Sparked and encourage your staff members to participate in idle moments. Time is automatically tallied, so you can see how many hours your business has donated overall.
Sparked also recommends that for exposure you ask your employees to link their activities to their Facebook and Twitter accounts, meaning that every time they do volunteer work your business is rewarded by some publicity about your charity work.
As a means for getting charity work completed by professionals, Sparked is a fantastic tool for the job. It’s so easy to drop in when you have a spare 5-10 minutes and do something that will really help a charity, indirectly helping the environment or the needy. It’s this sort of simple management tool which will enable these charities to really thrive.
For professionals, it’s a way of being able to quickly make use of your skills to directly benefit charity, which is far more useful than sacrificing your time to help with fundraising drives.
Sparked’s only potential weakness lies in attracting more non-profit organisations and allowing people to more finely-tune the organisations they wish to work for. It would be nice to be able to filter tasks for high-profile non-profits or for specific countries or cities. At this stage that’s not so relevant, as the available non-profits are still limited.
I’m very excited about Sparked as a tool for social good and I encourage all non-profits, businesses and professionals to register now. Let us know what you think of Sparked in the comments!