A Guide to Your Volunteering Journey Based on Your Ruling Planet

It’s Space Exploration Day! And to celebrate the advancements brought about by Space Exploration, we’re paying tribute to the members of our solar system–the Sun, the Moon, and the planets–not only as subjects of the scientific community but also as guides to our daily lives. Continue reading “A Guide to Your Volunteering Journey Based on Your Ruling Planet”

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10 Simple Ways to Show Love for Mother Earth

If only being a hero is easy, you’d likely be one now right? Well, it can be hard if you’re idea of being a hero involves having the charm and riches of Tony Stark, the physique of Captain America, or the skills of Black Widow. Continue reading “10 Simple Ways to Show Love for Mother Earth”

Volunteering While Studying

University life is all about the experiences or at least so we were told. While studying and partying may take up a lot of time, making space for some voluntary work can really add value to one’s overall university experience.

Many college students exit the world of higher education with volunteer experience under their belts. John Christian Marquez is one. He volunteered to get an opportunity to see the theory in practice in the IT industry.

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The 3 Benefits of Microvolunteering to your Nonprofit

As iVolunteer Philippines partner with nonprofits and other advocacy-oriented institutions, we are often asked why a nonprofit should engage volunteers on top of its existing official staff. Some worry that the overhead of managing volunteers may be too taxing for staffs and overshadow delivery of the nonprofit’s programs. Why then invest in engaging volunteers?

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A Volunteer’s Vision and Mission

If you have a big heart for the needy, what would you do?

When I started my walk on the path of volunteerism, I did not exactly know what I wanted to do or to accomplish. Many questions crowded my mind. I never thought I would encounter a question like this. This is a question that Miss Lorybelle Jarligo answered when I saw how passionate and dedicated she was when our path met in my first volunteering stint at Karinderia ni Mang Urot (KMU), a feeding program held three times a week for homeless people in Quezon City.

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Finding a Lifetime Partner in Volunteering

After her husband’s battle with the big C, Judy never expected to find a partner in volunteering. At present, Judy is running the family’s food service business while also being a mom to 10-year-old Jamielle.

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Volunteering has always been a huge part of Judy’s life. However, when she started her own immediate family family, she also began drifting away from volunteering, as she became preoccupied with husband and daughter, and even her mom.

Judy still had the strong desire to pursue her volunteer journey, as she felt it was her calling. She always prayed to God to direct her path with whatever He wants her to do, as she experienced challenges with balancing her roles as a mom, child, and a business owner. So whenever she felt she needed reassurance, she will always recite, “Thy will be done, Lord,” even until the faithful day that her husband succumb to cancer. Nevertheless, all the challenges she faced just made her stronger.

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What do you envision this world to be?

What is your purpose in life? This is a question we all want to be answered. For Rina, one of the volunteers I met from PPCRV (manual count of the 2016 election returns), she genuinely believes that doing her best in helping others is her mission in life.

A student from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Rina is currently the Executive Council President of the university’s Emergency Response Group (ERG), a rescue volunteer organization that primarily upholds the spirit of volunteerism within the community. She’s one of those who were captured by the spirit of the organization, and eventually one of the few who remained active from her batch.

During the manual count activity at PPCRV, she arrived alone. I already sense her genuine spirit, as she asked the question, “I’m one of the volunteers, what should I do?” As we talked, I found out that she’s been spending her summer joining volunteer activities available via the iVolunteer website. With or without her friends, she’d go as long as she’s able.

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Volunteering: food for the soul

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Project Pearl’s feeding activity at Tondo Manila

We all love to eat. We always look forward to a hearty meal after a hard day’s work. Even just a quick but sumptuous merienda in the afternoon is enough to light us up. And we also know sharing our food with good company, especially our loved ones is just priceless. We love it so much, it’s usually our first question or greeting – “Kumain ka na ba?!” And oftentimes, we do not really mind if we put on a little weight, as long as our stomach is full, because for most of us, it doesn’t take much to make us happy.

Now, imagine skipping a meal just for a day. We become grumpy, impatient, and frustrated. In short, an irreversible damage ensues, and our whole day is automatically ruined. In reality, not all of us could afford to whine if for some reason, there is no source of food when it’s time to eat. Some of us have no choice but to go on through the day finding ways to fill in empty stomachs, or maybe trying to forget about it completely. Yes, these children know the drill so well.

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Two Stories, One Message

 

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Offering the work of their hands

Rachel and Joseph’s passion for their careers, the heart for service, and their strong faith naturally brought them together. Through sheer dedication and love for the arts, Rachel and Joseph were able to successfully set-up their own graphic design business, Pixel Pencils. In every step of their entrepreneurial journey, they believed that God has guided them and blessed them tremendously. “We strive hard to earn money. But we strive harder to use what we earned in more meaningful ways — not because of what we have nor what we can do, but because of His will to provide everything we need,” they shared.  This statement is a testament of how they offer back to the Lord all their triumphs and blessings, because for them, they are instruments from whom others could also be blessed.

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On to a New Adventure

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Celebrating a New Adventure

It’s not everyday that we hear a story of a 20-year-old fresh graduate celebrating her birthday with a group of kids from an NGO, together with her friends and other volunteers. Raissa happily shared how she had a very eventful birthday when she spent it with the children from Mano Amiga Academy, complete with belly dancing and a whole lot of fun activities.

Even before organizing a party for the girls of Mano Amiga, Raissa has been actively volunteering in her university’s Pastoral Office, and has also been attending volunteer work during weekends through iVolunteer. And apart from joining different immersion activities, she would make sure she follows through with the project she was involved in. For Raissa, volunteering should be relevant and impactful, which then requires her to proactively monitor the progress of the activities she has attended. She has also volunteered for the Citizens’ Disaster Response Center (CDRC), where she helped with the silk screen printing of eco-bags for relief goods. And since then, she has become an active volunteer in CDRC.

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Guide to iVoluntutoring: 8 Reminders for New iVoluntutors

Be a voluntutor

Are you new to iVoluntutoring with He Cares Foundation? Here are 8 tips for beginners like you.

  1. Be informed. Know the venue, exact time and phone numbers of the contact persons for the tutorials. You just don’t want to miss the tutorials, don’t you?

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Jerwyn, one of our students who regularly attends the tutorials. Photo Credit: Jason Bangayan, He Cares Foundation

 

  1. Be on time. Be at the venue at least 30 mins. to 1 hour before the students/ children arrive. Attend the orientation especially if it is your first time to have enough knowledge on your role as a tutor. It won’t hurt to dedicate more than an hour to tutor a kid; the experience will surely be more fulfilling.

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The Volunteer Behind the Vote

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.

 

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PPCRV Command Center

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A Sisterhood Connected by Selfless Passion

Lea, Grace, and Malou had their own different stories that all led them to volunteer in a soup kitchen in Quezon City. Through a very memorable experience together at Karinderia ni Mang Urot (KMU), they all felt a bond that made serving others even more fulfilling.


Malou – The Super Mom

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Malou Virata de Rosario, 50, mother of 2, preparing food at Karinderia ni Mang Urot.

Malou initially thought of volunteering as a means to keep her occupied as she recovers after coming out of a recent relationship. Since she never volunteered before, and didn’t know where to go, she started searching online for volunteer opportunities, and found Karinderia ni Mang Urot via iVolunteer Philippines. It has been more than a year since she embarked on this journey, and now, she considers volunteering to be an integral part of who she has become. At present, right after attending Sunday mass, she eagerly goes straight to KMU every weekend. She has also started extending the invite to her daughter, so that they can volunteer together.

“Every week, I’m excited to come here. When you volunteer, you don’t get any money, but you get something greater in return.”

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