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New partnership brings virtual volunteering platforms to charities

A partnership between the NSW peak volunteering body and a social venture will bring a crucial digital platform to the charity sector

New South Wales’ volunteering peak body has partnered with a social venture to bring a virtual volunteering platform to the charity sector.

The NSW Centre for Volunteering and Communiteer have partnered to utilise a project-based volunteering structure that implements a crowdsourcing approach to skilled volunteer recruitment and offers an online platform that encourages contribution.

CEO of Centre for Volunteering, Gemma Rygate, said: “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 [Communiteer] to encourage virtual volunteering.”

The virtual platform will complement face-to-face and event-based volunteering by aiding Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs), socially conscious companies and volunteers to connect, collaborate and contribute to community causes.

The virtual volunteering platform will also work to contribute volunteering efforts as needed under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The partnership comes at a time when volunteers are seeking more flexibility with their time commitments and VIOs are increasingly pressured to do more with less resources, according to the recent 2016 State of Volunteering in Australia report.

Co-Founder of Communiteer, Victor Lee, said the Centre for Volunteering would play a critical role in promoting and supporting the virtual changes to the NSW sector.

“Communiteer shares the Centre’s strong belief in cross-sector collaboration and we are delighted to partner with them to bring more skills-based and corporate volunteers to support and strengthen the sector through our online platform.”

To address the expectation and resourcing, Communiteer is using the digital platform and collaboration across the charity sector to meet expectations and needs of volunteers. They will also provide engagement needs of VIOs and companies.

Lee said more than 100 not-for-profits and for-profits had already signed up to work with the Centre, “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.”

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