Thursday 15th April marks global Microvolunteering Day! Want to get involved? Read more on what Microvolunteering opportunities are and what is available.
Microvolunteering opportunities are ‘bite-sized, on-demand, no commitment actions that benefit a worthy cause’. It is is quick and convenient – a microvolunteering opportunity might take less than two minutes to complete!
Your activity will be combined with that of other volunteers from all over the world. With many volunteers completing a small piece of an enormous task, we can have an incredible impact on areas like research and projects supporting many different causes.
Big Impacts From Small Actions
So whether you’d like to support research around wildlife protection, help identify historical images of Ireland or track weather patterns on Mars, there are thousands of microvolunteering projects you can get involved in.
Here are some projects you can help with right now…
National Library of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland who use The Commons on Flickr to upload their hundreds of photos, prints and manuscripts. The public are then invited to help date and provide information on the images, helping add to the National Library’s archive.
Count penguins in remote regions to help Oxford University understand their lives and environment. Penguins are globally loved but under threat. Why are penguin populations are in decline? Help monitore penguins and answer this question.
Help explore the surface and weather of Mars’ south polar region. A citizen science project designed to help planetary scientists identify and measure features on the surface of Mars… the likes of which don’t exist on Earth.
Be My Eyes
Every day, sighted volunteers lend their eyes to solve tasks big and small to help blind and low-vision people lead more independent lives. Be My Eyes is a free app that connects people for visual assistance through live video calls.
All Ireland Pollinator Plan
Do a Flower-Insect Timed Count in your garden to add to the data being used to track changes in abundance of these vital insects.
Volunteers mapping the world’s most vulnerable to improve response to crises by providing better maps and data for NGOs. Download the app and swipe through satellite imagery while tapping the features you spot.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is running a new initiative ‘Backyard Biodiversity’ to record species found in gardens. The scheme seeks to obtain sightings of 20 recognisable species that can be found in urban and rural gardens.
Transcribe a story in Irish or English from the Dúchas Schools Collection and discover traditional lore, crafts, customs and local history.
Help archaeologists discover traces from our past on high-resolution elevation maps created using lasers mounted on aircrafts (LiDAR). The beams pass through vegetation revealing thousands of undiscovered prehistoric burial mounds, field systems and other features previously hidden.
The Irish Genealogical Research society
Help create hugely important databases of genealogically valuable records. More hands are always needed to move these projects along. Current projects include a Registry of Deeds and Early Irish marriages.