By Cheryl Mahoney
Lately I’ve had a lot to say about ways to volunteer from home. And we all know that if you want to cross borders and travel to exciting places to do your volunteering, UniversalGiving is your best destination. So how about if you want something in between? You’re happy to go outside, but can’t commit to a trip to Kenya right now–where do you go for that? Well, UniversalGiving actually does have some national opportunities…and I also want to share with you about one of our latest partner organizations that can help you find the perfect way to do good.
I’m talking about All for Good. This website is designed to bring together volunteering opportunities from many different sources, to provide a vast database of ways to get involved with the community. Inspired by President Obama’s call for volunteering and service, a group of engineers, developers and designers all got together to create the site. They’re coming from cool places like Google, The Craigslist Foundation, YouTube and more, so maybe it’s no surprise the way this has taken off!
I feel like I should tell you how to use All for Good, but there isn’t much to tell–it’s all fairly straight-forward. Just pop over to the website, put in your location, and scroll through the results. Find one you like and click for more info. That’ll take you to the organization that contributed the opportunity, and you can explore more there. Then, start doing good!
One thing I love to think about is all the people and organizations involved at every stage of the process. First you have the organizations contributing their volunteering opportunities to All for Good (UniversalGiving included!) Then all the organizations with people working on the All for Good team. And All for Good sends the volunteering opportunities on to other websites too. Have you heard of Serve.gov? If so, you might have heard about it from President Obama, or from Michelle Obama. Serve.gov gets its opportunities from All for Good. Did you notice your favorite TV characters talking about volunteering and giving to the community about a month ago? That was part of iParticipate, an initiative of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. And if you go over to iParticipate to look for volunteer opportunities, you’ll find out that they’re coming from–All for Good. Another example: MTV is on board with this too! Even taking the volunteers out of the equation, it’s exciting to think about all these diverse, high-power groups working together. And of course, we can’t take the volunteers out of the equation–because they’re the whole point, people finding ways to give back and contribute.
It’s also exciting to think about how much All for Good has done in a very short time. Which means…what else might be possible?