Social work, yes, we can!

Published on February 17, 2014 um 11:51

Summary of your idea

During my childhood, university and working life, I noticed that many people want to volunteer to do social work, but don't know how. When I was engaged on any project, people asked me, if they could help as well, because they wanted to do it, but they didn't know how to find projects to engage in. When I saw catastrophes happening, I and other people wanted to help and we didn't know how. Therefore, my idea is to create an APP and website, where people can easily find volunteer work near their homes or workplaces, projects that they didn't even know that exists nearby or specific ones that they would like to help as special for children, animals, elders, minorities, sports, etc or even to spend money on an specific project or to send it to an problem area or to donate food, etc, endless possibilities. There should be a database, where institutions and people could subscribe their ongoing projects and their needs, as for example, volunteers, money, food, furniture, sport materials, etc and a part for peoples ideas to improve their neighborhoods or help someone or some institution, and list what they also need to start their projects. On the other side, there should be a search panel, where people could search for social work to engage in. They could search by location, by topic, by categories, by age, etc. It is easy to assemble such idea, it is feasible for all countries and it isnt expensive. To boost this idea we could promote this website and APP on companies, universities, schools, social media, communities, etc! However to set up, I need a big help of a trustful institution as I need to get many social projects to enter the database and a strong support to make the project known. Let's us help people, helping people!

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

This is an easy to set up project, which would have a huge impact on people's life as we would help many institutions. It would be like a job hunting website, but for volunteer work. People could choose what to do, how long, how intense and how they want to help: with work, with money, with food, donating sport articles, teaching, etc. We would show that everyone can do social work, to help other people, animals or even helping to improve their neighborhoods, their schools, their environment. Furthermore, as everything will run through this website, we can track the links to other websites to know, how many people are interested in what kind of projects and if we see that one project is outstanding we can give a hint to other projects, that have similar issues,saying why the other project is more successful, so they also can improve and use the same idea to get more people to help. We would also encourage people to put their own project ideas on the website. For example, if someone notice some reading problem on children at a school, s/he could set up a reading class after school, s/he could post on the website the location and the needs, like books, volunteers, ideas to do it well, etc. Furthermore, despite the tracking, we could ask the institutions to give us a feedback, if after they entered the database, there was some changes. And an essential for this project is the propaganda, people need to know, such website exists, we can organize partnerships with schools, universities and companies to motivate their employers to take part on it and intensively use social media.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

As I told before, this project is easy to set up, I would need some people that could build such website and an APP, it should be simply done, with an easy overview, one page for institutions and peoples projects and another one for volunteers, I have some friends that would surely help me doing it. After it, we need the projects to apply; I and other friends could invite many institutions in our countries to join. Furthermore, to assure the security of the volunteers, before a project goes online, to check if it is a real project, asking for photos, for comments of volunteers and people helped. To encourage people participating, we also can talk with companies and universities to promote the use of this website and for peoples comments about the projects. As we need people to work on this website, we could also ask for donations to keep the website, volunteers and for subsidies of the government as well of sustainable companies, which would use our website to promote volunteer work. To check the results, we can use a free tracking system, I already used it on my last job and also send emails for the institutions asking for feedback.

Your profile

Since I was a child I was encouraged to explore my potential, I could choose whatever I want to do as long as I start and finish it. Furthermore, I learned very early through my parents, that I should bring solutions to people and not problems, therefore I developed an analytical and consistent way of thinking, as soon as I identified a problem, I thought about how to solve it and not on giving it to my teachers, parents or friends. Very early I noticed that my dream job would be helping people, improving their lives, helping them get out of hard situations and I got a big chance to get an excellent education and be capable to do it. When I was 17 years old, I got the opportunity to study in Germany, what I took without thinking much. I was able to learn German very quick and to finish German school in six months (what I needed to enter on a German university). I worked hard and finished the university on time; I was part on a university Student Consulting as marketing manager and did an outstanding job during my internship in Berlin. Moreover, when I finished university, I moved to Shanghai to work and to learn Mandarin, what I did as well. There, I could get some work experience and also do a lot of social work for Caritas and the church, helping getting funds for the tsunamis on the Philippines and also helping local people. I rediscovered a passion. I worked so hard to get to this point, now, I hope to help many with my idea.

Stage of Idea

planning stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

peace-building , environment, education, health, poverty reduction, elderly, cultural diversity , empowerment of women, youth, other

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