Volunteer-Management Tool Mobilizes 20,000 Volunteers for Week of Service in LA
Nonprofits often have to mobilize a large number of volunteers quickly and efficiently to make an event run smoothly and keep expenses down so money raised can go directly toward the cause.
When Love Has No Limits and Stand Together Foundation needed thousands of volunteers for their 1DayLA effort last month, they turned to VOMO in order to activate 20,000 volunteers for more than 120,000 combined service hours in just that one week. Those users can now easily stay engaged in their community via the app.
The foundation, a philanthropic community that invests in social entrepreneurs tackling big challenges, announced a partnership last week to expand use of the cloud-based volunteer management tool to volunteer engagement opportunities across Los Angeles. The app, which services more than 250,000 service projects globally, provides the tools needed to initiate service projects, connect to community causes, and to measure and amplify the impact of volunteering.
"VOMO is the No. 1 platform to do good, connecting willing volunteers to local service opportunities for maximum impact around L.A. and the nation,” Rob Peabody, CEO and co-founder of VOMO. “We are proud to be a part of projects like 1DayLA to mobilize a generation, and this just marks the beginning as we help make service a lifestyle."
LA will serve as a prototype for building a similar grassroots infrastructure of organizations and volunteers mobilized to fight poverty in other major cities across the country. The platform previously served 2020’s national "Be a Neighbor" campaign. Organizers offered the VOMO platform free and accessible to any organization and volunteer wishing to serve during the COVID-19 pandemic. This campaign alone resulted in over 260,000 volunteer hours through 171,000+ platform users and 1,730 non-profit organizations, with an economic impact of $8.7 million.
"Stand Together is proud to partner with VOMO to bring this tool to more communities," Will Dowell, director of poverty initiatives for Stand Together, said. "For too long, we have tried to address poverty with one-size-fits-all, top-down approaches that treat people as problems to be solved instead of as problem-solvers. With VOMO, we can elevate local volunteer networks and organizations who are best equipped to meet individuals right where they are and then empower people with the tools needed to overcome barriers. Ten-thousand organizations are already offering volunteer opportunities via the platform, including other Stand Together community partners."
Amanda L. Cole is the editor-in-chief of NonProfit PRO. She was formerly editor-in-chief of special projects for NonProfit PRO's sister publication, Promo Marketing. Contact her at email@example.com.