Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Volunteering in your pyjamas

This is a guest post by Mike Bright

'Help From Home' is an initiative that provides information on easy, no commitment volunteering opportunities that can all be performed from the comfort of a person's home. Almost all of the 450 plus actions listed on the site will cost nothing or very little to complete and take no more than 30 minutes to accomplish. Some can even be performed in under 10 seconds without getting out of your favourite chair or pyjamas!

There are 3 main categories of easy actions to choose from, each one having the potential to benefit all sorts of worthy causes. Here's just a brief taster of what's included on the website:

Good Causes – Helping charities and worthy causes
- Feed a starving person for free with a simple click of the mouse.
- Make a very seriously ill child smile with just a letter or an email.
- Play games that donate to charities for free
- Install free software to help fight cancer with your pc.

'Green' Actions – Tackling environmental and energy issues
- Lower pc power consumption by using free software.
- Save the rainforests by planting a tree for free just by using a search engine.
- Donate your excess food, plants and seeds to be redistributed to needy causes.
- Help predict climate change with your pc.

Advocacy Actions – Highlighting injustices and wrongdoings
- Posters for Peace. Print them out and display them somewhere prominently
- Send a pre-written email to a decision maker on global poverty
- Join a Virtual March on global warming
- Boycott socially irresponsible companies

Help From Home's aim is to encourage people to see that volunteering for worthy causes can actually be conducted from within their own house. It reckons that if people were collectively able to volunteer between 1 to 30 minutes of their time spent at home on a one-off, daily, weekly or monthly basis, it could potentially make a huge impact into the goals and aims of initiatives that are attempting to create a better world for us to live in.

So, if you've ever felt like helping out a worthy cause, but didn't want the comittment or the impact it might have on your time or finances, then Help From Home's website might be just the answer. Put on those pyjamas and change the world. It's so easy to do!
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