‘Do-it Connect’ seeks to dramatically increase the number of people volunteering by introducing new ways for organisations to recruit the volunteers they need .
Do-it.org is the UK’s largest volunteering database with over 200,000 people per year finding relevant volunteering opportunities with charities and in their local communities. Do-it.org has seen a change in the expectations of both volunteers and organisations.
Volunteers are increasingly interested in shorter, one-off opportunities and organisations want to recruit volunteers with specific skills and qualities. The demand for brokering these relationships is growing so for the first time, Do-it.org will introduce a new search function. It will enable organisations to search, find and connect to volunteers.
Do-it.org will also integrate with Facebook. Volunteers will be able to promote their volunteering activity through their social networks. With the average person having 130 Facebook friends and 20,000 people signing up to Do-it each month, there is a significant opportunity for these volunteers to help promote local causes, and inspire others to get involved.
Do-it.org has been awarded £48,450 which will support the tech development of both the reverse search functionality and the log-in integration with social networks.
Head of Marketing and Communications, YouthNet
“Since its launch in 2001, Do-it has essentially become the digital volunteering infrastructure in England and, through this project, we can continue our ambitions to find innovative ways to support the sector and continue make volunteering easy for individuals. We’re incredibly excited about the potential that integrating the largest volunteering site with the largest social network will have on increasing the number of people volunteering and ultimately benefiting local communities.”
Emma Thomas – CEO YouthNet (YouthNet runs Do-it)