by Angelo Salandanan
Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.
But when some of us do manage to find time, the results can be nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps, even bigger than all of us. iVolunteer registered its strongest year yet thanks to a strong showing from NGO partners, volunteers, and partner institutions.
With everyone’s help, the iVolunteer team was able to reach out to 82 partner communities and produce 1558 volunteer events with 25,600 volunteering opportunities. However, what really stood out in 2018 was the sheer number of volunteers who helped us make a difference with our partner communities.
In total, iVolunteer was able to connect 114,300 volunteers to different advocacies and NGO’s, which is easily over a hundred thousand more than the number of people that reached out in 2017.
Of course, our story this year wouldn’t be complete without the institutions that went out of their way to feature or partner with iVolunteer. RSRJ Events, for one, worked closely with the team to make the second BayaniRun possible. As a result, iVolunteer’s Run for A Cause year-end event hauled another 700+ volunteer runners who raised P250,000 for their chosen NGO partners.
Connecting Volunteers to NGO and Communities
Our media partners also helped us throughout the year to extend our reach and show what iVolunteer is all about. There’s Radio Veritas, CNN, DZMM, ETC, and more. In fact, ahead of BayaniRun, Judith and Bel of iVolunteer was invited by Net 25’s Pambansang Almusal to promote the event and also open up about iVolunteer.
When asked by host Mr. Leo Martinez on how volunteers from provinces can reach iVolunteer, Judith shared that while the volunteer opportunities that the organization have often been within Metro Manila, there is a collective effort within the team to extend iVolunteer’s reach to other regions. Along with Bel, she encouraged those outside of the capital to visit the iVolunteer website to see how they can participate in other volunteering opportunities.
Our media partners play an important role in spreading our cause, but do you know that you, too, can help iVolunteer gather more volunteers and create more volunteering opportunities in the future? Aside from registering on our website, you can also share our content and events on social media. Just follow our iVolunteer Facebook page to stay in the loop.
Celebrate Our 10th Year with Us!
Following a successful 2018, we’re now looking forward to a brighter 2019 with YOU! Going this far after Ondoy, have only made us much better and stronger as a community.
The iVolunteer team extends our deepest gratitude to everyone (NGO, partner institutions, volunteers) who partnered with us since 2009, and at the same time invite all to join us this year as we try to reach more people and communities that need us.
Tune in to our social media portals for further announcements and check out our website for weekly volunteering opportunities that you and your friends can join anytime.
Whether it’s GoVolunteer 2019 or #BayaniRun2019, we hope you’d be with us next time as we look to empower the spirit of volunteerism in every Filipino!