Scaling impact of commercial brands through Volunteer-driven CSR activities for job creation and youth development.
The Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it the worst economic downturn in history.
A generation of young people today are facing an uncertain future and are suffering the effects of rising unemployment levels globally. Now, more than ever, we need to work together to empower young people to bring about change and achieve their full potential in these challenging times.
Volunteering is one of the most effective ways to gain meaningful, hands-on experience in the social service sector. It gives Volunteers a chance to prepare for real-world of work in the development space and prospects to broaden or reinforce their experiences in their chosen volunteering careers. However, social services have provided huge opportunities for volunteer engagement through leveraging on social entrepreneurship as a buy-in expertise to match Volunteers with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities of private establishments, public driven projects and community development initiatives; especially, where socio-economic scale-up plan is required to achieve sustainability of such social projects.
On this rationale, Voluntary Aid’ is resolute as a social service agency, in providing volunteer workforce and championing job creation for young people through the voluntary sector. However, we strategically employ this initiative in addressing this development concerns through the following steps:
- Organizing online and on-site advocacy campaign / visits to targeted commercial establishments, on the impact and benefits of engaging Volunteers in their CSR activities.
- Training recruited Volunteers through a one (1) week Social Entrepreneurship Course, on the development of social enterprise models which will be designed for businesses to integrate into their CSR activities, with specifics to their products and services.
- Introducing and matching trained “CSR Volunteers” with businesses in our database carrying out their CSR programs through our National CSR support program.
- Promote these establishments by endorsing and certifying them as socially responsible businesses; through the government ministry or department on commerce and industry
We are advocating for our collective efforts towards empowering unemployed youths with transient jobs in the voluntary sector; which could grant them access to full time employment opportunities as companies are sensitized and encouraged to be more socially responsible.