Rotorua organisations struggling to recruit and retain volunteers have a new way of accessing help via an online platform that’s changing the way communities connect.
Be Collective, which is supported by Rotorua Trust, the Department of Internal Affairs and Rotorua Lakes Council is reimagining ways to engage, connect and give in the community in an effort to encourage more people to volunteer.
The Rotorua Trust is supporting Be Collective by hosting an online workshop on FridayApril 23, at 12:30pm.
Rotorua Trust Chairman, Stewart Edward, says Be Collective is a fantastic initiative that streamlines the process of connecting volunteers with organisations.
“Volunteers are becoming few and far between and this platform is a great way to connect people – adding value for everyone involved, whether you’re an organisation looking for volunteers or looking to volunteer,” he says.
“In Rotorua we are starting to see a groundswell of support for new ways of managing volunteer effort, and Be Collective adds to that movement. Rotorua has an active community of charities, social enterprises and support groups, all heavily reliant on a dwindling base of volunteers.
“Volunteers want to connect with causes they care about and find opportunities remotely and this is an effective way to do that.”
The workshop is free for community organisations who want to connect with volunteer opportunities.
It will provide an overview of Be Collective, how to get set up with the platform and detail ways people can connect with community groups and volunteers.
Be Collective’s Community Development Manager, Alex Drummond, says he understands the challenges organisations are facing as they struggle to find volunteers.
“We see ourselves as a community organisation with a technology solution,” he says.
“We bring communities together by making it easier to partner and share opportunities, organise volunteer effort and reward those people who show up time and time again for the causes they care about.
“A big part of what we’re about is building the credibility and visibility of volunteer effort. Be Collective provides every volunteer a social CV, which gives them verified testimonials for their community work.”
Building a Rotorua Digital Ecosystem through Be Collective – Friday 23rd April 2021, 12:30pm – RSVP to Lee-Anne@rotoruatrust.org.nz. Link to join webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ahWC1-n9QBSte5iOioWhOQ