iVolunteer Philippines, together with all the volunteers, dreams of a BETTER PHILIPPINES by sharing our capacity and capability to the sectors that are in need. In 2017, 4,500 Filipinos responded to the volunteer opportunities of different NGOs and advocacies. We have accounted a total of about 11,000 Filipinos to-date who have taken part in this revolution. Continue reading “Thank You For 2017!”
Sixty-five days to go and it’s Christmas! What more? Today is also the Sweetest Day, so we have one more reason to be extra nice.
The third Saturday of October is designated as the official Sweetest Day in some parts of the US. A day of sweet treats and deeds. We might be celebrating 8,000 miles off and it just might be my sweet-tooth talking, but hey! Who doesn’t need an excuse to munch a chocolate or share one?
“. . . I understood today that I have amazing friends who have good hearts and that there are amazing strangers and unsung hero volunteers doing this tirelessly with zero recognition. And perhaps that will never be enough to make a big difference in this cruel world we live in. But it will have to be enough for today.” Continue reading “Little by Little, Day by Day”
Spread the Hug this Teddy Bear Day!
Trace pattern on cloth. Cut. Stich, stuff and stuff, and stitch again. Stitch on the nose. Use buttons for the eyes. Close with a final stitch, and poof! A teddy bear is born. Continue reading “Seal With Love”
21st century human beings lead busy lives. They can be workaholics – racehorses in blinders focused on achieving a goal. They can be social media obsessed – sharing every bit of their day online. They are a generation prone to self-absorption, we are. Continue reading “7 Acts of Random Kindness to Celebrate “Be An Angel Day””
To make the most out of your volunteer adventures, it helps to stay in the loop about what’s going on in iVolunteer. Read on to find out what’s new! Continue reading “What’s New in iVolunteer? – August 2017”
Volunteering gave her life an additional purpose. For Au, teaching kids is and has always been a very heartwarming experience. Continue reading “Experience Is The Best Teacher”
Our primary goal in iVolunteer is to reach out to every Filipino to build a better Philippines through volunteerism.
Through our first “Start Your Adventure” talk held at The Office Project last March 18, 2017, we reached out to aspiring volunteers to help them start their journey right.
By: Pia Jingco
A child named Dado captured my heart recently.
Last week I signed up for a volunteer opportunity that would involve tutoring kids, through the iVolunteerwebsite. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive on my way to the venue as I had not done this for quite a long time.
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.
“Giving is limitless. I’d love to see every NGO working hand- in-hand with the government and the private sector, as everyone helps each other towards one goal. No one gets left behind. I believe every Filipino has a role in fulfilling this dream. “ – Jasmine Salem of iVolunteer
Meet Jasmine Salem: Auditor, Finance Associate Director, Everyday Hero.
As iVolunteer’s Associate Director of Finance, Jasmine Salem or “Jas” handles fundraising activities as well as the financial books of the organization. She is also the team’s Executive Secretary, and is in charge of iVolunteer’s legal requirements and documentations. As a state auditor, Jasmine loves how her day job coincides with her responsibilities in managing the organization. It makes her understand more about how the government and NGOs can work better together in nation-building.
For Jasmine, volunteering allows her to connect with her community and offers opportunities for her to make it a better place. She wants to see a world where serving others is a top priority.
The very first Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2016 named iVolunteer Philippines’s Go Volunteer expo last March 5-6, 2016 as this year’s Best Campaign, which is a breakthrough award for iVolunteer.
The awarding was held at A SPACE Greenbelt, Makati, Philippines last July 15, 2016
The Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards
The Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards is the local version of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards, which is part of a larger award-giving body–the Global Startup Awards that aim to connect startup ecosystems across different nations.
For this year, the Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards acknowledged exemplary entrepreneurs to further inspire more communities of start-up enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs, and diverse mentors.
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.
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!
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”