Since I started my journey with iVolunteer Philippines, it has been at the top of my mind that I will not just work for the organization, but I will also get to be hands-on in doing the work with the communities that we help. But apart from that, I also expected to meet new people, go to new places and do something that I never thought I could do. And so, our promise of being an everyday hero starts here.
Bayanihan sa Brigada Eskwela
Brigada Eskwela is an annual program of the Department of Education in preparation for the opening of classes. Last June 4, Saturday, a group of selfless volunteers, including myself, united to set an adventure in helping out teachers in setting up classrooms and creating an exciting atmosphere for the students. Our encounters and realizations exceeded our expectations and everyone experienced a one-of-a-kind bayanihan even for just a day. Continue reading “Bayanihan sa Brigada Eskwela 2016: A Diary of an Everyday Hero”
As we usher in a new administration in a few weeks, we continue to recognize how the recent 2016 elections proved the power of each individual Filipino’s vote. The world witnessed how the Filipinos firmly exercised our right of electing new public servants who represented our ideals and vision. Each vote was considered sacred, and protecting this one good vote through correct and valid counting was a task the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting or PPCRV commendably accomplished. For how many days after the elections, PPCRV spearheaded the canvassing of the ballots, delivering their promise of a clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful elections.
In completing such a tedious and very important assignment, PPCRV was fueled by volunteers who generously gave their time to carry out the manual audit of the transmitted votes. Through iVolunteer, over 750 volunteers were able to participate in the canvassing of the votes, contributing to the success of the recent elections. They are different individuals with different motivations but all impassioned to serve and leave a mark in the recently concluded elections. And in the whole process of manning and encoding, there were stories shared, new things learned, and additional insights discovered among the volunteers and core members of PPCRV. In achieving a common goal, the volunteers rediscovered inspiration and learned from each other, creating more meaning and fulfillment in their volunteer work. Officers of the PPCRV in turn expressed their admiration and gratitude to those who chose to be involved in the audit.
With only less than a month before the 2016 national elections, have you decided which candidates to vote for? In the latest community meet-up organized by iVolunteer Philippines, elections watchdog NAMFREL and PPCRV appeals to Filipinos to not too much focus only on which candidates to support, but to also be educated on voter’s rights … Continue reading How to make your vote count this 2016 national polls
Nobody makes a difference alone. If you’ve ever had a yearning to make a positive change in your community, you will learn that you cannot just do something by yourself, without needing to connect with like-minded people, or get some support from the right networks.
GO! Volunteer Expo
This desire to make a difference and connect with people has powered the success of the biggest volunteer-engaging event in the country, the GO! Volunteer Expo, held at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City last March 5-6, 2016. The two-day event drew over 20,000 visitors who came to the expo to learn how they could contribute to the causes they care about.
Those who attended the expo came from different walks of life, with different backgrounds, experiences, beliefs, and interests, but with the same desire: to be part of something bigger than themselves by giving back. This may be through sharing whatever time, skills, or resources they could offer. Could you imagine how it feels like to be surrounded by throngs of people who want to do good?
Makati, Philippines (February 18, 2016) – iVolunteer Philippines, in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Glorietta, Works of Heart (WoH) and 2nd Avenue, is putting together the biggest volunteer engaging event of 2016, with the Go Volunteer Expo on March 5 and 6, 2016 from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at … Continue reading GO! Get Ready for an Adventure!
Preparations for the Go Volunteer! Event are now in full swing, as iVolunteer Philippines held its kick-off session last January 23, with over 20 Non-Profits and Partner Organizations in attendance. The kick-off event, held at the Office Project in Salcedo, Makati, brought together iVolunteer’s various Partner Organizations – both current and new, to share what everyone should look forward … Continue reading It’s a GO!
iVolunteer Philippines had a hectic but meaningful year as we took one step closer toward making our dream of a better Philippines into a reality with each and every Filipino taking part in nation building. Continue reading “Thank you for 2015”
After about 4 years now, we are excited to upgrade our website to a new platform and it comes with cool new features to help you participate in nation building and encourage more Filipinos to do the same as well!
Gawad Kalinga (GK) is well-known for building houses and creating sustainable communities, all toward transforming the lives of our less privileged countrymen. This kind of transformation is contagious and is GK’s best kept secret–the volunteer’s self transformation.
UP Diliman, Quezon City – Last June 6, the staff and officers of iVolunteer Philippines held its annual summer team building activity at Balay Kalinaw in UP Diliman. The event focused on getting to know each of the members (particularly the newer ones) with sessions on understanding one’s MBTI profile and how each individual can uniquely contribute to the organization. Continue reading “Building a Stronger Team”
One fine Sunday, March 2, 2014, I volunteered to be part of the rummage sale at Bel-Air Village in Makati City. This is one of the fund raising projects of iVolunteer organization.
It was a Clean UP! Flea Market activity inside the subdivision, the venue was at Park 3 Solar Street. From 7am to 3pm, mostly resident vendors sold pre-loved items which included clothing, shoes, bags, accessories, luggage, CDs, books, toys, household items and a lot more.
There were over 120 non-food tables that filled the whole covered court.
There were few food tables found on the side of the court for the shoppers and vendors.
iVolunteer had two tables. We were divided into two teams. On one table were men’s clothing and miscellaneous items headed by Hazel and Olenny. My partner for the women’s clothing was Mana. She is a one petite lady that I could pass as her mother, except that she has nice big eyes compared to my twinkling small eyes. I’ve met Hazel, Olenny and Mana in the past. They are part of the iVolunteer core team. Continue reading “iVolunteer at Bel Air’s Clean Up Flea Market”
Have you guys made plans for summer yet? Check it out—Gawad Kalinga (GK) is once again asking you, your friends, and family to join Bayani Challenge, a two-month project (April 09 Araw ng Kagitingan to June 12 Araw ng Kalayaan) that will contribute to the effort of ending poverty in the Philippines. =)
Bayani Challenge is part of Barangay Walang Iwanan, a campaign to mainstream a lifestyle of volunteerism and bayanihan at the barangay level to create an impact on at least 250 families in each of the 20,000 barangays. This places us in a clear trajectory to reach 5 MILLION families and #endpoverty for them by 2024!
What can YOU do?
Bayani Challenge 2015 is broken down into different municipalities (sites) all over the Philippines. When you sign up for the site of your choice, you’ll be committing to three to five days* of fun and exciting activities, complete with Kalinga fellowship sessions at night.
* Recommended amount of days by GK. If you can’t commit to the recommended number of days, GK is flexible and would be more than happy to have you over for just a few!
Depending on the needs of the area, the local secretariat may assign your team to the following activities:
When you do click on that button, it’ll pre-enlist you to your municipality of choice. Heck, click as many COUNT ME IN buttons as you’d like—the same way you would create a destination wishlist. 😉
A GK representative assigned to the municipality of your choice/s will get in touch with you to confirm your registration and provide site-specific details. This becomes your chance to narrow down the site/s you want to be a part of and finalize the registration process.
The list of volunteer opportunitiy sites and dates are still subject to change, so remember to check this article, http://bit.ly/GK2015, and/or Facebook for the latest updates. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you have questions about site-specific details though, it’s best you click that COUNT ME IN button and wait for a local GK representative who will contact you after you sign up.
For updates on #RubyPH, Rosario Juan created this Storify page. //storify.com/juanxi/rubyph-updates/embed[View the story “#RubyPH Updates” on Storify] If you want to provide help, Tonyo Cruz created this Storify page for details on where and how you can assist. //storify.com/tonyocruz/reliefph-for-rubyph/embed[View the story “#ReliefPH for #RubyPH” on Storify] Remain vigilant and stay safe, everybody. Continue reading #ReliefPH (and updates) for #RubyPH
Last week (June 20, 2014), Sabrina Ongkiko discussed the role volunteerism plays in the education sector. Here’s a recording where she talks about the several programs that volunteers can help in: http://bit.ly/1m3nStQ What is HOPE for you? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Continue reading Sabrina Ongkiko on What Hope Is