A Look Back at 2013: iVolunteer Year-End Recap

It has been a very busy year for us in iVolunteer Philippines! We’re so happy to see the continued growth of the organization – in the past year we were able to partner with over 30 organizations, with over 200 events, pulling in over 2000 volunteers and providing over 11,000 volunteer opportunities for our everyday Filipino heroes!

Here’s a rundown of the highlights for iVolunteer this past 2013:

  • Volunteering Conferences and Exhibits – We were blessed this year to have various partners (NCEAV, VSO Bahaginan, Habitat for Humanity, Rappler) invite us to attend, participate and present in their conferences and exhibits. This allowed us to further expand our network, meet new friends and help promote volunteerism across the country!
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Assoc. Exec. Dir. JB Tan, Exec. Dir. Bel Padlan and former PR Dir. Clarissa Martin at the iVolunteer Philippines booth at the National Conference on the Engagement of the Academe in Volunteering (NCEAV)
iVolunteer Philippines together with Habitat for Humanity and VSO Bahaginan at the Habitat for Humanity Asia Leadership Conference in September
iVolunteer Philippines together with Habitat for Humanity and VSO Bahaginan at the Habitat for Humanity Asia Leadership Conference in September
Marketing Dir. Carlos Miguel Lasa participates in the 2013 Rappler Social Good Summit
Marketing Dir. Carlos Miguel Lasa questions the panel on volunteering at the 2013 Rappler Social Good Summit
  • Halalan 2013 – The national elections in May gave us the opportunity to volunteer for good governance and clean elections through our partnership with Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan for their Gabay Halalan Call Center, where we helped educate and inform voters about the election process.
Volunteers man the telephones and help educate voters at the Gabay Halalan Call Center
Volunteers man the telephones and help educate voters at the Gabay Halalan Call Center
  • Project EDSA – Another interesting volunteer experience for us was Project EDSA, where we spent several weekends painting the Longest Peace Mural in the World! It was fun and inspiring to see people from all walks of life come together to produce a creative work that was the peace mural along Camp Aguinaldo.
Volunteers painted the walls of Camp Aguinaldo during Project EDSA in June
Volunteers painted the walls of Camp Aguinaldo during Project EDSA in June
  • SEC Recognition – While more of a legal requirement rather than a major organizational triumph, our registration with the SEC this year helped formalize iVolunteer Philippines as a non-profit organization. This further enables us to take the organization forward in promoting volunteering across the country and reaching out to more Filipino volunteers!
  • Disaster Relief Efforts – It saddened us to see thousands of Filipinos affected by multiple natural disasters this year, from various typhoons hitting different parts of the country, to the major 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Cebu and Bohol and finally, the worst of them all, super typhoon Yolanda which struck the Visayas region only last November. It was a delight however to be able to work with hundreds of volunteers and multiple partners in our different relief efforts – from repacking relief goods with the DSWD and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan, to welcoming Yolanda survivors with Operation Salubong at Villamor Air Base, and even empowering our online volunteers by working with Rappler to document names of survivors in Leyte!
Relief goods await at Villamor Air Base to be shipped to affected areas in the Visayas region
Relief goods at Villamor Air Base await to be shipped to affected areas in the Visayas region
Online volunteers help document the names of survivors provided by Rappler into Google Person Finder
Online volunteers help document the names of survivors provided by Rappler into Google Person Finder
Volunteers help each other to load relief goods at Villamor Air Base / Photo credit: Amanda Nable
Volunteers help each other to load relief goods at Villamor Air Base / Photo credit: Amanda Nable
  • Opportunities to use technology for a good purpose – We were so happy to be given various opportunities to work with our friends in the technology sector to use our organization and our solutions to help volunteers and non-profit organizations. One instance was when Curiosity Design Research, with Foolproof Labs, hosted a usability workshop for us which we attended with our friends from Solus Interactive to further improve our website’s usability. Another instance was when we worked together with the Philippine Web Designers Organization in mentoring web designers during the first Caritakathon – Charity Hackathon! And how can we forget brainstorming with other tech minds at Hack for a Cause PH for Yolanda web apps. We look forward to further collaboration and improvement of our technology platform in the coming year!
Exec. Dir. Bel Padlan and iVolunteer co-founder Deanie Ocampo mentor participants in the PWDO Caritakathon Charity Hackathon
Exec. Dir. Bel Padlan and iVolunteer co-founder Deanie Ocampo mentor participants in the PWDO Caritakathon Charity Hackathon
The iVolunteer Philippines team listens intently during the Usability Workshop provided by Foolproof Labs together with Curiosity Design Research
The iVolunteer Philippines team (Fin. Dir. Hazel Javier, PR Dir. Christine Chiombon, Assoc. Exec. Dir. JB Tan, Internals Dir. Mana Domingo) listens intently during the Usability Workshop provided by Foolproof Labs together with Curiosity Design Research
The iVolunteer Philippines core team participates in Hack For A Cause PH to build Yolanda web applications to help victims of the super typhoon
The iVolunteer Philippines core team participates in Hack For A Cause PH to build Yolanda web applications to help victims of the super typhoon
  • New Volunteers and Friends – The biggest highlight of the year for us was getting to meet and partner with all of you who volunteered and worked with us over the past year! We continue to grow stronger as the iVolunteer family grows, and getting to work and volunteer with so many people from so many different fields was such a treat!
The iVolunteer Philippines team together with volunteers at our first Community Meet Up!
The iVolunteer Philippines team together with volunteers at our first Community Meet Up!

That’s it for our year-end recap! We hope you enjoyed reminiscing with us on our highlights, and thanks again from the bottom of our hearts for all the support you’ve given us over the past year! We hope to see all this good work continued into the New Year! Happy Holidays! 🙂

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