"Help From Home" initiative needs a new caretaker!


Help From Home is a pioneering microvolunteering initiative launched by Mike Bright in 2009. The initiative is focused exclusively on promoting online microvolunteering: micro tasks that can be done by online volunteers in just a few minutes, with no need for any ongoing commitment. Mike also founded Microvolunteering Day on April 15, and encouraged people to use the hashtag #microday on Twitter to promote the day.

Mike was tireless in his promotion of microvolunteering, and his contributions regarding this form of virtual volunteering have been invaluable to nonprofits, NGOs, charities and other organizations all over the world.

Mike passed away in January of this year. You can read Jayne Cravens' tribute to Mike here.

Mike's family is open to turning the Help From Home initiative over to an organization that will make a commitment to maintain the two web sites, at their current web addresses, for at least two years, will keep the social media accounts active in that time, and will maintain Mike's vision, focus exclusively on promoting microvolunteering, both to online volunteers and to organizations, in that time.

If you think your organization might be interested in expressing interest in potentially taking over the sites and championing microvolunteering:
  • look over both sites carefully, as well as the Help From Home Twitter account, @helpfromhome. Understand what is already online and established
  • think at least a bit of what your leadership of the Help From Home web site and social media sites might look like, what you would continue, what you might change, what you might expand, etc.
  • write a pitch, from your heart, to Jayne Cravens at jc@coyotecommunications.com, who may ask you some additional questions before turning over your proposal to Mike's family for review

This is a match-making endeavor and won't be rushed. Mike poured a lot of time and passion into this initiative, and his family is looking for just the right person and organization to champion it further. While this search is going on, Mike's content-rich Help From Home web site and its companion, the Microvolunteering Day web site, will stay online, for at least a year, but neither site will be updated, and there are no plans for messages to be made via the Help From Home Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or other social media accounts.