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?
Keshia the Entrepreneur
A quick Facebook search reveals several people of the same name. All girls, of course. All beautiful in their own right. Meanwhile, a lady with a smile on her face, sunglasses resting on top of her blond hair, sunlight striking her visage from an angle making her appear calm yet invigorating strikes a pose. I may not have known her personally, yet I could hear her voice. Frivolous yet reserved. Someone who has completed one stage of life, someone who has matured unto adulthood. This is her, Keshia Fraser.
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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Last February, iVolunteer Philippines in partnership with ASpace Manila gathered individuals who believe that every Filipino can be a Hero. True to its purpose, Aspace became the venue to connect and collaborate with people who have the same vision of the future. The quarterly recruitment was held at Palet Makati last February 25, followed by a capability building session for iVolunteer members. It became an opportunity for volunteers to converse and brainstorm about their ideas on encouraging everyone to help.
“Volunteering is an effort that needs nothing but a passionate heart. I look at it as something that adds essence to life. When I first volunteered, I did not expect that I would give it more of myself. But it turned out to be so good that I became hooked to it.
Manila, October 2016 – It has been a tradition for iVolunteer Philippines to conduct Volunteer Community Meetups. Community meetups aim to educate volunteers of existing volunteer programs and advocacies with other organizations.
iVolunteer Philippines’ last community meet up happened in October 15, 2016 at A-Space Greenbelt which focused on disaster preparedness. The organization partnered with A-Space and Volunteer in Asia for the event.
On October 22, 2016 at Karinderia ni Mang Urot, a feeding program by Mr. Benjie Abad in Quezon City, I met Mr. Hamilcar Cabusi. He arrived with his Aunt. Judging from his American accent, I knew instantly that he is not a local. We exchanged stories of how we started volunteering and why we decided to volunteer while waiting for the others and preparing food for the program.