The first national volunteer initiative on Curaçao, CURA DOET, sent a huge wave of positive impact throughout this tiny Dutch Caribbean nation of 150,000 people. Volunteers tackled 132 service projects in almost every neighborhood on the island – coordinated from the headquarters of Curaçao Cares, a new international member of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.
A series of natural disasters recently hit several parts of the Philippines, leaving thousands of people homeless and infrastructures destroyed. Although Hands On Manila didn’t specialize in volunteer management during disaster, it became one of the coordinating hubs after Typhoon Haiyan for people who wished to help either through donations or as relief volunteers. Now Hands On Manila is figuring out how to respond to disasters.
In a nod to the recent International Women’s Day and the HandsOn Network affiliates across the globe that make it easier for people to volunteer, we feature this Q and A with Caroline Sprod, executive director of HandsOn Hong Kong.
The strike against political corruption in Brazil last June illuminated a desire among Brazilians for change, including ways to improve the lives of ordinary citizens. Volunteering is a novel approach to create better public services through citizen involvement, and Atados is an answer to the growing demand for volunteer opportunities in Brazil.