Furlunteer: To give time or skills to a charity, whilst being furloughed from an employer.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

For many of the UK’s 166,000 charities, this is not the time to be onboarding new volunteers.

For many of the estimated nine million Brits who will be furloughed under the government’s Job Retention Scheme, this is not the time to be thinking about supporting a charity.

That said, for some charities, and for some furloughed workers, there is a connection to be made.

On balance a charity may feel that they can benefit from a few hours, days or weeks with an accountant, graphic designer, data scientist or marketer.

An employee, prevented from working for the employer who has furloughed them, may decide that they want to make a difference, to an organisation and to others.

Furlunteering is nothing more and nothing less than a timely idea. It is not an “organisation”, “scheme” or “initiative”.

  • Individuals can begin to identify as potential furlunteers, through their LinkedIn profiles and Twitter handles, to more easily be found.
  • Charities can share that they are seeking furlunteers, to more easily be supported.
  • Agencies and job-boards can begin to use the language of furlunteers and furlunteering.

Furlunteering is not for every charity, and it is not for every employee. For some though, this simple idea, connecting furloughed workers with charities, will make a difference.

Charities, employers and agencies are encouraged to unleash this into the mainstream and promote furlunteering to their stakeholders and networks.

#iFurlunteer #Furlunteer #Furlunteering

(with thanks to Daniel Priestley for inspiring the name furlunteer)

Original post by Oli Barrett.