Vodafone Foundation, NASSCOM Foundation and VSO launch Volunteering App
Vodafone Foundation, part of telecom company Vodafone Idea Ltd, in partnership with the NASSCOM Foundation and VSO, today announced the launch of ‘VIBE’, a unique and holistic mobile based digital solution to inspire volunteering, drive volunteer mobilisation and engagement as well as to diligently manage the output and impact of volunteering efforts.
VIBE has been specially developed to scale-up the potential and impact of volunteering to benefit communities and causes at large.
According to a press release issued by the organizers, “VSO-VIBE is an easy to use, comprehensive mobile based solution which holistically records the time spent on volunteering as well as the individual and collective impact made towards addressing the social issue being worked upon.
“It also provides an interactive platform for individual volunteers to share their work, thoughts and experience enabling learning and collaboration on the go. It is designed and developed by a specialist team of technology professionals under guidance from relevant sectoral experts drawn from corporate, developmental sector and academia.”
Launching VSO-VIBE, Arun Goel, Secretary Ministry of Culture, Government of India, said “Volunteering has a long way to go to solve many critical challenges in our country. A huge resource of talented volunteers makes India suitably poised to tackle its pressing issues. I thank the app developers for coming up a digital interface to create a single platform bringing institutions, NGO and volunteers together. I am certain of path breaking solutions emerging “
Speaking at the function, P Balaji, Chief, Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Ltd, said, “At Vodafone Idea, we are committed to using the advances in technology to drive inclusion, help organisations in the developmental sector scale, and for driving larger social good.
“Under our strategy of ‘Connecting for Good’, we have successfully developed and deployed several technology led solutions for a variety of causes that have positively impacted communities, benefitting millions.
“With launch of VSO-VIBE, a state-of-the art digital platform, we are plugging the much felt gap by both individual and corporate volunteers and also NGOs in the ecosystem surrounding volunteerism. We are delighted to partner the NASSCOM Foundation and VSO in developing and offering this ideal solution for volunteer mobilization, engagement and management.”
“With 3.97 million employees, the IT-BPM industry has one of the largest potential volunteer base in India and has been in search for a platform where its volunteers can find genuine and suitable opportunities to contribute towards various societal needs,” said Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation said.
“The VSO –VIBE platform is an effort in this direction and has the potential to help develop large-scale inter and intra company collaborations while also making volunteering a sustainable activity. Developed under the ‘Connecting for Good’ initiative, in partnership with Vodafone Idea CSR, the app acts as a one-stop shop for all of the corporates’ volunteering needs while providing a much needed direct interface for the NGOs to engage with committed volunteers,” he added
“VSO-VIBE can significantly simplify and enhance the scope for volunteering in India, thereby making a difference to the lives of most marginalized communities,” said Sachal Aneja, Asia-Pacific Corporate Engagement Manager, VSO. - TWL Bureau