BONN (IDN) – United Nations Volunteers will officially launch a new online volunteering service on July 15. The service allows organizations in need of volunteers and people willing to volunteer online from around the world to connect with one another, so that volunteers can remotely support non-profit organizations that are working to promote peace and development around the world.
“Volunteerism is a global force for change,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers Programme. “Now, with our new Online Volunteering service, it is easier than ever to make a difference without ever leaving your home. Along with the refreshed look and feel of the site, we are also building stronger partnerships with the corporate sector in online volunteering. We are certain that this revamped service will spark a growth in volunteering around the world.”
On the new online platform, volunteers can serve organizations in need of help in the following areas: writing and editing; art and design; translation; research; technology development; community organizing; teaching and training; project development and management; and leadership and strategy.
The new online volunteering service features a redesigned website as well as a “1-click query” feature which allows organizations to reach out to half a million people to provide real-time data for their projects.
United Nations Volunteers is also launching a new employee online volunteering solution for global companies, together with Samsung, its first official partner for this service. Organizations and governments whose employees volunteer through this program can use a platform and technology hosted by United Nations Volunteers to manage and monitor their volunteer programs.
Based in Bonn, Germany, UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council (CBVE) have signed an innovative partnership with the United Nations Volunteers programme in Brazil on July 12, with the objective to collaborate for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by mobilizing the commitment, solidarity and civic engagement that is unique to volunteerism. [IDN-InDepthNews – 12 July 2016]
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Photo: Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council signs an innovative partnership with UNV. From left to right: Bruno Lopes, representative of CIEDS; Maria Dolores Galán, UNV Officer in Brazil; Leonardo Mandu, representative of Atento Brasil; Lilian Paparella, representative of Itaipu Binacional; and Claudio Viveiros, representative of Wilson Sons. Credit: UNV