In our @HarrisPoll w @Forbes 64% aware of #Omicron; 78% of those, worry it will evade existing vaccines incl.(81%)… https://t.co/VA1hUikHh0
Americans Are More Worried About Omicron Variant Than Delta, The Harris Poll Finds   In our new weekend study provi… https://t.co/cLhgnF8z2X
Check out the latest article in my newsletter: America This Week: Omicron Arrives, Boosters Rise, Borders Close, Wi… https://t.co/flrjwdSGR9
How to Talk to Your Family About Cryptocurrency #happythanksgiving https://t.co/FS1yhUh1hO
Check out the latest article in my newsletter: America This Week: Stuffing and Masks, Expensive Turkeys, Vaccine Ma… https://t.co/DWItF4lmzr
RT @YourOAAA: Don't miss today's OAAA webinar with @HarrisPoll CEO @johngerzema as he presents a forward look at consumer intent for the fi…
Check out the latest article in my newsletter: America This Week: Long On Travel and Movie Theatres, The Santa Surg… https://t.co/9nIWIaTQZb
Our new inflation survey from The Harris Poll is covered by Bloomberg News @TheStalwart in what Joe's interested in… https://t.co/GMojAK3gBC
Check out the latest article in my newsletter: America, This Week: Mixing Jabs, Breakthrough Blues, Foggy Judgement… https://t.co/dK8mZ294Mn
Check out the latest article in my newsletter: America This Week: Work Reimagined, Vaccine Resistors, Streaming Ad… https://t.co/v49567mzod
CNBC’s Ron Insana Insana has a particularly interesting (and sober) take on the protracted woes in our global suppl… https://t.co/aZREHgvaMj
Thanks to my panel at @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal w/ @Mattel Ynon Kreiz, @SvonFriedeburg, @UNICEFUSA Michael Nyenhui… https://t.co/yr2dh49Ha8
RT @MilkenInstitute: Nearly two-thirds of The Listening Project respondents said that companies have been more reliable than governments in…
RT @MilkenInstitute: Strong majorities of citizens say the pandemic amplified the lack of access to social services and equity. #MIGlobal h…
RT @MilkenInstitute: The Listening Project, a study into the state of people’s lives from Milken Institute and @HarrisPoll, offers perspect…
Articles

How often have you found yourself wishing you had more time? More time for yourself, more time for your kids, and even more time for other people?

Enter Anna Pearson and Spots of Time. In her years working as an advocate for charities in Britain and abroad, Pearson recognized a pattern: many people want to volunteer, but cannot find ways to do it.

To bridge the gap between what volunteers can give and what people need, Anna reimagined volunteering on a very small scale. What differed about here efforts were that she concentrated her empathy on volunteers rather than those in needs, and in turn created a trickle-down effect. As she explained to us over tea “I thought, ‘People need things as basic as little happiness or joy in their day’, and I realized that with a humble idea, we could make that happen.”

The humble idea was a service- Spots of Time- that connects people with organizations that can use volunteers who can commit an hour or more to do something for someone else, and often at a moment’s notice. As Anna discovered, an hour or two was usually more than enough time for a volunteer to do some good, and his or her service could be something as small as reading aloud or accompanying someone on a walk.

Early feedback on her program, just months old when we met her, showed that volunteers are so sincere about doing something positive that they worry that a spot of time is not enough.

‘‘I understand if people are worried that we are all fur coat and no knickers,’’ said Anna, using a British expression for someone who is all flash and no substance. ‘‘I’m keenly aware of what we haven’t done yet, but I also know there’s a big resource here and a big need, and I think it should be possible to break down the barriers that keep them apart."

Get involved in Spots of Time

Comments