Hi! Welcome back to ConnectFor — we know you’ve been waiting for our next blog, so here it is. Today’s blog is a bit of a throwback. How? Let us tell you how ConnectFor got started, and the impact we’ve made since!
Our journey began three years ago when ConnectFor was launched in December 2015. ConnectFor was started with the hope of connecting people to non-profit organizations that have already been doing inspirational work, enriching the lives of those in need. We strive to ensure that volunteers are matched to NGOs based on their respective talents, skills, and interests. We believe that all the volunteers that have signed up through ConnectFor are motivated by their personal interest, curiosity or potential for professional development. Volunteers believe that by giving their time to a worthy cause, they are serving as contributing members of society. The top 3 categories of volunteering are teaching, social media design, and/or administration and business support.
Most of our volunteers are students or young working professionals between the ages of 21 and 30. 58% of the volunteers have 1–7 years of work experience. They can bring professional skills they have developed in the workplace like project management and team building, and apply it through volunteering with an NGO. Since the past three years, ConnectFor has engaged 1964 corporate volunteers, who have contributed about 27184.5 hours! Did you know that 800 volunteers have volunteered through 47 community events (these events vary from Tree Plantation Drives to Blood Drives). The power and impact of volunteering through ConnectFor goes well beyond time spent. Our volunteers have not only contributed hours, but also contributed economically by saving costs. A ConnectFor volunteer helps an NGO save about Rs. 2,614. Cumulatively, these volunteers have given more than 20,000 hours of volunteering and saved NGOs more than Rs. 6,000,000. These numbers depict the impact volunteering can have for NGOs and the need for human resources to help these organizations achieve their selfless goals.
Our journey at ConnectFor does not stop here. Our journey at ConnectFor has always been one of growth, and it will continue to be so. 3 years later and 3 cities later, we are excited to see what’s coming up! Here are some volunteering facts that we have come up with over the years!