Published: Wednesday, 1st July 2015
Vodacom today announced its 5th intake of the Change the World volunteers who have given up their daily jobs for a year to help make a difference in the lives of ordinary South Africans.
Through this initiative Vodacom aims to mobilise skilled South African individuals to work for a non-profit organisation (NPO) of their choice for a year and get paid a salary.
The initiative underscores the importance of partnerships between the private sector and NPOs in the pursuit of the common goal of building a better life for all.
This year, Vodacom has selected 21 volunteers after receiving an overwhelming 7, 500 applications for the programme.
Vodacom Group Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says: “While non-profit organisations rely heavily on cash donations and corporate funding to fulfil their mandates, we know that the introduction of skills development through the Vodacom Change the World programme can make a lasting difference in assisting NPOs to achieve their goals in society.”
Through this programme, Vodacom seeks to contribute towards skills development and helps create a culture of volunteering, through the transfer of human capital. By relieving NPOs of the need to pay for the services of skilled volunteers with a passion to work for a good cause, the programme provides much needed expertise to the NPO. This 5th group of 21 participants will be fulfilling the specific objectives at their host organisations for a period of 12 months.