In a country with South Africa’s levels of rising inequality, people often say that they’d like to volunteer their time towards a good cause – but don’t really know where to start. REBECCA DAVIS takes a look at a new online initiative, forgood.co.za, which aims to match up people and causes in a way which makes the best use of an individual’s specific experience or assets.
“My sister is a retired HR professional, and she wanted to get involved in volunteering,” says Dr Garth Japhet, the founder of Soul City and current CEO of multimedia NGO Heartlines.
“I asked her: ‘What are your passions?’ She replied: ‘Gardening, reading, and walking’. She’s now going to be doing the garden of a children’s home.”
This kind of story is one that Japhet and his collaborator, digital strategist Andy Hadfield, hope will become increasingly common. Through their new website – forgood.co.za – they aim to provide a vehicle for people to arrange to volunteer their time in their communities by offering services which play to their strengths to deserving causes.
Forgood operates in a number of different ways. On the website’s ‘Volunteer’ page, different causes have aertised their volunteering needs. A children’s home …
Source : Daily Maverick