Communiteer partners with volunteering peak body to create new digital frontier for volunteering
Social venture Communiteer is announcing their partnership with the NSW Centre for Volunteering, the state peak body organisation for volunteering, to bring virtual volunteering to the community sector.
Communiteer combines a project-based volunteering structure, a crowdsourcing approach to skilled volunteer recruitment, and an online platform that measures volunteer engagement and maps volunteer contributions to social impact. Communiteer complements face-to-face and event-based volunteering by helping Volunteer-Involving Organisations (VIOs), socially conscious companies and volunteers to connect, collaborate and contribute to worthy causes as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
Victor Lee is a Co-Founder of Communiteer and spent more than 10 years working in the community sector. “The Centre for Volunteering plays a vital role in promoting and supporting volunteering and community participation across NSW,” said Victor. “Communiteer shares the Centre’s strong belief in cross-sector collaboration and we are delighted to partner with them to bring more skill-based and corporate volunteers to support and strengthen the sector through our online platform.”
This partnership is established at a time when volunteers want more flexibility in how they give their time and expertise and VIOs are facing increasing pressures to do more with fewer resources, according to the 2016 State of Volunteering in Australia report released by Volunteering Australia.
Facing this gap in expectation and resourcing, Communiteer is using digital technology and cross-sector collaboration to help meet the expectations and needs of volunteers as well as provide the engagement and reporting needs of VIOs and socially conscious companies.
From Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate: “Communiteer is a unique service that will offer a new platform for volunteering, filling a real gap. We are excited to be able to partner with (Victor, Tracey and Vincent) to encourage virtual volunteering.”
“More than 100 not-for-profit and for-purpose organisations are signing up to work with us following the strong interest we received at this year’s National Volunteering Conference, which is a strong indicator of the sector’s willingness to embrace new and innovative technologies and collaboration methods. We are very hopeful for the future of the community sector and look forward to working closely with Gemma and her team at the Centre for Volunteering.” said Victor.