Donors post requests on VIA for a service or a task they want to have performed. Volunteers respond with their willingness to help. The process is both safe and secure.
VIA | VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION
How do donors find people to perform services?
What kinds of services can be performed through VIA?
Qualified youth who need community service hours in order to graduate from high school can look to VIA for an assist. For example, VIA can match a high school student with parents needing babysitting services, community elders needing yard work, or a church needing the services of a landscaper.
A newly-formed accounting firm seeking to enhance its brand could offer to provide tax services to those in its VIA nonprofit community. Payment for such services by the recipient would then go to the charity through which the arrangement was made (i.e., the VIA nonprofit).
A copywriter who wants to increase her contact base could offer social media content marketing services to another small business owner in her participating VIA nonprofit community. Once again, payment for her services would benefit the VIA nonprofit through which the arrangement was made.
Other examples of services include, but are not limited to:
- yard work
- home repairs
- professional services (e.g., legal, accounting, and marketing)
How does the donation get to the participating nonprofit?
Upon task completion, payment representing the fair market value of the services provided is made through VIA. The funds are then transferred to the VIA-registered nonprofit (i.e., the donation is made).
Is hiring these people safe?
VIA promotes and thrives on a built-in, closed, safe, and vetted referral network of people with a common goal: supporting a nonprofit mission about which they are passionate.
Why would volunteers do this?
VIA offers volunteers a way to give back to the community - specifically, the
charity they support - without making a direct monetary donation. This creative fundraising strategy thereby strengthens the bonds among those with common goals.
Community members with limited resources are often unable to participate
Financially in the fundraising campaigns of the organizations they support. Through VIA, such individuals are able to make a time/volunteer commitment rather than a cash donation. VIA, then, offers access to swaths of the community too often shut out of one of the critical aspects of organizational growth and development: fundraising.
You say VIA promotes community, how is that?
VIA not only creates a new way of donating to cherished organizations, it also creates a unique method of building a stronger sense of community. People who are a part of the same nonprofit network get to know each other through the roles they play in the VIA process: donor, volunteer, or both. People who otherwise could not contribute financially can do so now. They are empowered, knowing that their volunteerism becomes a cash donation to a cause they love.