Opening Up the Digital Space to Volunteers
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart”
The gift of time is invaluable and offering it freely has become a challenge in our busy lives. In between juggling our work and study commitments, we can miss out on chances to volunteer.
The not-for-profit sector is beginning to recognise a shift in our lifestyles, as digital volunteering gains popularity. As we mark the celebration of Volunteer Victoria’s State Conference; we explore the best of current and emerging volunteer practices through the lens of Energise, Enhance, Connect.
Digital volunteering enables people to engage with volunteer organisations in an innovative way. We can connect with others without committing to set hours or a set location, while making a meaningful contribution to social causes.
According to the CEO of the Centre for Volunteering Gemma Rygate, “It opens up a whole new cohort of people that have seen barriers to entering the volunteering world. Using digital platforms is a great way of getting people connected and doing things.”
Digital volunteering platforms offers us a chance to hone our professional skills in our own time, by matching our skills and talents to the specific needs of an organisation. Instead of searching for a meaningful volunteer opportunity, we can be connected to them.
According to Volunteering Australia, knowing our contribution can make a difference is the most important factor in our decision to volunteer. In a world that is becoming digitised and increasingly connected, we can make a difference in a unique way.
Written by Annie Renouf, Content Writer at Communiteer.