The United Volunteerism initiative is so necessary!
(Santa Cruz, Bolivia)
When Daniel wrote me about his idea for a worldwide database of volunteers and organizations (click here to read about his United Volunteerism initiative) I jumped at the chance to help spread the word. In Bolivia and other South American countries volunteers are absolutely essential and there are over 300 non-governmental organizations. They fill the spaces many governments have been unable to fill in terms of education, health, income generation, childcare, and other programs. As a translator for quite a few of these organizations, I've often noticed that many of them are forming partnerships so they won't duplicate their work and efforts. One of the most important issues for them is funding, most of which comes from donations. Streamlining and making the most efficiently use of funds as possible is one reason NGOs are doing everything they can to merge their efforts. The other is the need for qualified volunteers. I also get emails through my website for people interested in volunteering. What they most want to know is WHERE they can volunteer and I spend a considerable amount of time contacting organizations (and listing them on my site) individually in an attempt to find information for my site's visitors. Having everything in one place - wow! That's a dream! Daniel's idea for a worldwide database of volunteers and organizations is awesome. Streamlining the use of funds (who doesn't want THAT to happen!) and finding volunteers would become so much more efficient! Please support Daniel's vision by voting for it through Google's 10 to the 100th Project. It's amazing! Read about it here, then please sign up to get a reminder from Google so you won't forget to vote for Daniel's United Volunteerism initiative in January. I already did!