A platform with a purpose

Our mission at VOMO is to power a movement for good. We’re doing that by connecting people to existing needs in their community and around the world.

A look back

No matter how much growth we see or how much our world changes each year, we operate off of core values which our team celebrates multiple times each month. The journey continues to be exciting as we look to broaden our impact and deepen our engagement with each of our partners.

2008

The desire for impact

Rob Peabody starts the nonprofit Awaken Movement, based on his passion to bring churches, organizations and people together to make a tangible and lasting impact in their communities.

 

2011

Connecting people together

The Awaken UK movement launches when Rob and his family relocated to a suburb of London. The goal of grassroots volunteering is met with the challenge of how to find needs and connect them with the people to fulfill them.

2014

The movement grows

Others begin to join the Awaken team, working to leverage partnerships and technology to create a platform where potential volunteers can locate projects based on their phone’s geolocation.

2016

VOMO launches as a platform

VOMO launches in beta form as a platform to coordinate 12,000 service projects for 500,000 people gathering in the National Mall in Washington, DC to serve their community. This results in a collaboration between 300 churches, the Mayor’s office of D.C., the National Parks Service, and multiple organizations including World Vision and the Maclellan Foundation where over $350,000 of combined volunteer hours is donated in one weekend.

2017

Growth of volunteer mobilization

VOMO grows across businesses, schools, municipalities, and nonprofit sectors to fuel a movement of volunteering across the nation.

2019

$7.4MM economic impact through volunteers

In the Spring of 2019, VOMO worked in cooperation with the Dallas Morning News to launch FWD>DFW. VOMO serves as the volunteer mobilization arm of that effort. By the end of 2019, we had over 300 partners, helping them to engage their people in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

VOMO partnered with Sony to launch a nationwide volunteer campaign called “Be a Neighbor” in conjunction with the release of the movie “Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” about the life of Fred Rogers.

In 2019 VOMO saw:

  • 101,973 new volunteers
  • 14,295 new projects
  • 231,182 unique service opportunities
  • 291,010 volunteer hours
  • Economic impact of $7,400,395
  • 31 countries represented

2020

Supporting during a global pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, VOMO resurrected the “Be a Neighbor” campaign in order to mobilize volunteers for COVID-19 relief efforts. Working in cooperation with Builders and Backers, we saw 154,491 projects completed across more than 225,000 hours served over the course of 12 weeks. 

While the world adapted to new normals and social distancing measures, our team stood ready to help drive new volunteers, reward existing volunteers and grow our partners’ donor databases through innovative approaches to volunteerism.

Going beyond our team

While our volunteer platform has seen incredible growth over the past several years, we recognize that to be a stronger impact, we must continue learning from experts. We do this through frequent webinars with experts representing a variety of topics. Available on-demand, check them out anytime.

Providing value to you

Explore our resources aimed at providing you with insights across a breadth of categories related to volunteer recruitment, management and rewards.