Everyone has something to give…
That is Something to Give.org’s motto. Their vision is to create an online social network of people donating the most precious thing of all, their time and resources (other than just money).
Donors can donate their time or supply access to a unique opportunity in exchange for another within the network. They then earn credits to be applied to something they then want in return. It’s a very cool concept and the Socialize Your Cause team would like to see it prosper and grow!
- To increase community involvment by REWARDING it with life dreams
- To create a social ACTION network connecting the online and real world
- To INSPIRE people to get involved with stories and examples of others
- To build a common currency for good based on time, not money.
They will also be taking advantage of our Donate Your Friends Program.
If you would like to donate your facebook friends to Something To Give, please head to our donate your friends signup page.
How did the whole idea come about?
In 2003 the question of “What would it take for me to get more involved with my community?” swirled in his head. All of a sudden it made sense — Someone has a job or hobby that someone else only dreams about experiencing. That desire is a powerful motivator and serving others with one’s time is the currency to bridge them together. Over the next few years, Andy worked out the details of the model and also incorporated the new social networking and internet tools that came along.
Andy dissolved his contracting business in January 2009 and started SomethingToGive.org full time. Doug Durbin joined the partnership in April 2009 and we are now building our site infrastructure, collecting pledges for rewards, and documenting powerful volunteer stories. Completing this next stage is contingent on funding, which is our current focus.
Why is this cause close to your heart? Why should other support it?
Existing volunteers will be appreciated for the work they do, not with a makeshift certificate of appreciation but with an experience or adventure close to their heart. Loyalty towards the service organization grows, and long term retention improves.
Do you have any other events or fundraisers that you would like others to know about?
The Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge – This month, please vote for our organization and the most votes will be winners for a Grant from Pepsi! We have also joined forces with a coalition of organizations on Whidbey Island to build momentum – Please support them too!
What are some great stories of people donating their time and what did they receive in return?
We are really excited about the potential of what changes can come from our work. Imagine a place where 4 volunteers are in the classroom with a teacher, and the one-on-one connections that student would receive for their education. Imagine having qualified and motivated coaches inspiring little leaguers as they learn the elements of baseball. Imagine the additional resources food banks would have to feed the hungry by all of the donated food grown by community members.
What advice would you give to others that might like to take on such an amazing endeavor?
What do you have planned for the future of Something To Give?
Our Beta Website will be ready to go the end of June, and we’ll test it with Good Cheer Food Bank and the Pacific Northwest Arthritis Foundation. Meanwhile we’ll be telling stories – videos of people who were inspired to try volunteering, their impact of their service and the reward they received.
SomethingToGive.org has also joined ServiceNation, a coalition of more than 200 nonprofit organizations that collectively reach some 100 million Americans.
ServiceNation is a national campaign to increase service opportunities, solve chronic social problems through volunteering, and promote a culture of service in America.
Participating organizations include AARP, the NAACP, the Boys & Girls Club of America, United Way of America, Habitat for Humanity International, and the Special Olympics, among many others. A full list of the ServiceNation coalition, with contact information, can be found at www.servicenation.org/pages/The-Coalition.