While we adapt with the latest technology to unleash a generation to change the world for good, volunteer mobilization has been at our core mission for more than a decade. With each advancement to the platform, our goal is to ensure organizations can “Do Good With Great People.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
VOMO grows across businesses, schools, municipalities, and nonprofit sectors to fuel a movement of volunteering across the nation.
In the Spring of 2019, VOMO worked in cooperation with the Dallas Morning News to launch FWD>DFW, a forum that connects organizations in North Texas to impact the short and long term economic advancement of the region. 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 mobilized:
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 continues to adapt to new normals and social distancing measures, our team stands ready to help drive new volunteers, reward existing volunteers and grow our partners’ donor databases through innovative approaches to volunteerism.