Due to the specific period in life at which Young Professionals find themselves, free time is limited. Some of the participants might have been active IEEE volunteers during their student days, but with the shift to work and managing their careers, they find it challenging to maintain the same level of involvement as a volunteer. Other Young Professionals have been IEEE members for years, but have never tried volunteering, and would like to start somewhere small. The proposed micro-volunteering (µVolunteering) platform would help address such needs, by introducing a degree of flexibility to volunteering within IEEE. Through this platform, Young Professionals will be able to advertise and search for volunteering opportunities, be it short- or long-term, local or remote, or requiring different skills.
The µVolunteering platform could potentially serve all IEEE members, contributing to the improvement of member and volunteer retention and satisfaction rates. For more information about the µVolunteering, and the IEEE Young Professionals Business plan, please refer to the IEEE Young Professionals business plan.
Frequently Asked Questions
The µVoluneering online platform is divided into communities, currently based on geolocation. Users are placed within communities based on their IEEE membership profile. Currently, users can only create and respond to opportunities and communication that takes place within their own community.
The online community relies on members’ adherence to the code of conduct. Platform members and community administrators also have the possibility to report misconduct, which will then be addressed at a higher level.
Members who are found to post inappropriate content (abuse; attacks on other users, IEEE, ideologies; etc.) or misuse the µVolunteering platform for personal gain or to cause harm will be banned, and further action will be taken at higher levels within IEEE as deemed suitable.
There are three types of applications for volunteering opportunities:
- Volunteering opportunities with no formal application process: these follow a “show of hands” process, and anyone interested can apply. They do not require any specific skills.
- Volunteering opportunities with a limited, or targetted, application process: these are opportunities where applicants need some specific skills, relevant to being able to carry out the volunteering job successfully. The application process requires some proof in relation to the specific skills required for the job.
- Volunteering opportunities with a comprehensive application process: these are the volunteering opportunities at the highest level of commitment, and require applicants to have a solid knowledge of IEEE, several specific skills, and demonstrated experience. These volunteering opportunities may also address sensitive or consequential materials or aspects, such as personal data or finances.
Applicants are considered based on their application, information in their profile, and within the limit of volunteering places available and timeliness of their reply to the volunteering position. The decision of selecting volunteers for opportunities is at the discretion of the opportunity creator.
Opportunity creation, application, and acceptance processes are also tracked by the platform anonymously, as aggregate data, in order to better understand user engagement and dynamics, as well as detect any possible misuse.
As a platform user, your level of commitment and engagement is up to you. However, keep in mind that the more engaged users are, the more successful the pilot will be, in terms of identifying what works, what doesn’t, and what improvements can be made.
OUs can also add more community administrators and champions throughout the duration of the pilot, as they see fit.
Special guidelines and help will be given to OUs in the process of selecting their community administrators and champions, in order to ensure the best candidates are put forth. These will be trained on how to use the platform. OU champions will coordinate with IEEE Young Professionals in terms of awareness and engagement campaigns to promote µVolunteering to their OU members and volunteers.
At the pilot stage, only 25 IEEE OUs will be granted access to the platform. All IEEE members within these 25 OUs can access the platform at this point.