Volunteering

Organização não governamental com sede no Rio de Janeiro, a Argilando promove o voluntariado e apoia a gestão de outras organizações não governamentais, somando forças na defesa de diferentes causas sociais. Nessa entrevista, a Argilando compartilha sua visão de trabalho e seus projetos com o nosso blog!

Apresentação de flamenco de uma das voluntárias Argilando
Apresentação de flamenco de uma das voluntárias Argilando

1. Apresente brevemente a organização Argilando.

A história começa com um pequeno grupo em 2004 organizando algumas campanhas e ações de voluntariado. O grupo cresceu e se constituiu juridicamente em 2008. Desde então, ações pontuais se transformaram em projetos e programas, que em 2016 completam 12 anos de muitas realizações.

A Argilando é uma organização não governamental que atua em duas frentes. A primeira é promover o voluntariado, pois acreditamos que somos capazes de sermos agentes de transformação de nós mesmos e do espaço que nos cerca. Essa crença deu nome à organização. “Argilando” é uma metáfora com a argila e a capacidade que temos de moldar, criar e transformar, sendo ao mesmo tempo o artesão e a matéria-prima da mesma obra.

A segunda frente de atuação é apoiar a gestão de outras organizações não governamentais para juntos somar forças na busca de soluções efetivas para as demandas da sociedade.

Construímos pontes entre voluntários, instituições, empresas e órgãos governamentais, transformando necessidades sociais em oportunidades de participação solidária em prol de diferentes causas sociais. Para a Argilando, mobilizar pessoas e apoiar outras instituições é a melhor forma de fortalecer a nossa sociedade na busca de um futuro melhor.  

2. O que é o projeto 365 dias de Agir?

O projeto 365 Dias de Agir consiste na construção de um calendário de um ano com ações diárias de voluntariado. Com a proposta de não deixar nenhum dia em branco, cada voluntário escolhe um dia do ano e juntos construímos um calendário com 365 dias consecutivos de boas ações.

As ações podem ser simples ou complexas e também podem ser realizadas em qualquer parte do mundo.

O objetivo central é comprovar o grande impacto que podemos conquistar a partir da união de várias ações e pessoas. Além de valorizar atitudes simples, o projeto tem como foco inspirar oportunidades e gerar visibilidade para causas e instituições.

Todas as pessoas e organizações de quaisquer natureza dispostas a contribuir com mudanças positivas estão convidadas a participar do projeto.

O projeto já consolidou mais 300 ações e tem 229 voluntários participantes. Além disso, já realizou ações em nove países diferentes (África do Sul, Colômbia, Estados Unidos, França, Inglaterra, Polônia, Romênia, Sérvia e Uganda) e 10 estados brasileiros.

3. Quantos projetos a Argilando realizou em 2015?

O ano de 2015 foi de muitas conquistas, fruto do resultado de cinco projetos principais, entre eles o Banco de Doações, que trata da arrecadação e distribuição de doações para instituições e iniciativas populares e o Argilando Vai ao Teatro, que visa o fomento da cultura através do acesso gratuito ao teatro.

Foi um ano intenso na realização do projeto Assessoria Social, que oferece diferentes formatos de consultoria em responsabilidade social e voluntariado de forma gratuita para ONGs, iniciativas sociais e pessoas físicas empreendedoras sociais, do qual se destaca o apoio técnico a organização Junior Achievement Rio de Janeiro no atendimento a mais de 44 mil jovens em programas de empreendedorismo, o Movimento Rio Presente, um programa de voluntariado empresarial desenvolvido para a empresa Infoglobo e as ações com as empresa LAMSA – Linhas Amarelas S.A, Concremat e EVEN.

Em 2015 também celebramos o quarto ano do projeto Levantando a Bola, que promove atividades esportivas com 30 crianças e contou com o sucesso de uma campanha de crowdfunding e o apoio da empresa italiana Varlife.

No projeto de protagonismo Atitude Jovem, tivemos a implementação de três edições com a participação de dois colégios estaduais e uma instituição, formando 9 equipes de jovens empenhados em desenvolver ações em prol de um mundo melhor. Após dois meses de treinamento, todas as equipes executaram com sucesso os projetos desenvolvidos em sala de aula, colocando em prática o conhecimento e dando um show de atitude.

Palhaçaria, uma atividade de voluntariado da Argilando
Palhaçaria, uma atividade de voluntariado da Argilando

4. Conte-nos sobre a realização de maior importância da Argilando nesses últimos anos?

Uma pergunta difícil de responder! A adesão de cada novo voluntário e parceiro e o resultado de cada projeto executado são motivos para celebrar. A consolidação da parceria com a organização Junior Achievement em 2010 e a aquisição de uma sede em 2013 são marcos tão importantes quanto a criação de cada projeto que a instituição possui.

Para cada membro Argilando, a realização de maior importância está alinhada às suas conquistas frente ao senso de propósito, tornando a Argilando um espaço concreto e colaborativo para o encontro de diferentes pessoas em busca de objetivos comuns.

5. A Argilando tem algum projeto que deseja implementar em breve?

A próxima meta agora é formatar a segunda edição do projeto 365 Dias de Agir em uma nova versão, que permita o uso da tecnologia para a consolidação de um método replicável em escala em qualquer parte do mundo, de forma orgânica e pública para que qualquer instituição possa se apropriar da metodologia e assim gerar novos ciclos e calendários de 365 dias mundo afora.

6. O que você pensa da Horyou e da comunidade na qual você é um membro ativo?

Acreditamos ser um lugar que reúne as pessoas e exemplos que precisamos ter no presente, sendo uma forte ferramenta de comunicação para aproximar instituições e pessoas em prol de atitudes necessárias nos dias atuais.

Identificamos na Horyou uma nova forma de compartilhar experiências e conhecimento mediante especialistas preparados para oferecer soluções apenas para os membros da comunidade, mas também para todos os públicos com quem seus membros conversam com a crença de quem acredita que a informação conecta, inspira, mobiliza e contribui para o desenvolvimento e comprometimento com os resultados.

7. Qual a sua mensagem para todos os membros da comunidade Horyou?

Obrigado por vocês existirem! Acreditamos que todos nós, se estamos aqui reunidos é porque ainda temos muito trabalho para fazer e que nosso desafio está apenas começando. Desejamos a todos força e resiliência para continuarmos sonhando, inspirando e agindo. O mundo precisa de todos nós juntos e aqui não estaremos sozinhos. Gratidão!

Por Edriana Oliveira Major

ryanscott_profile-2Ryan Scott is the CEO and Founder at Causecast, the leading cause integration company. The platform offers workforce matching donations, volunteering including dollars for doers, disaster response, and custom campaigns. He is the Founder of The Impact and Educational Sections of the Huffington Post. Ryan Scott has served as Board Member of the Taproot Foundation. He has been a game platform developer. Ryan also holds a patent from the NetCreations, Inc., a company he co-founded. — by Elena Tarassenko

Can you please speak about the need you see present for improved employee engagement in volunteer work and corporate social responsibility?

The world’s leading companies in 2015 understand the need for employee volunteer programs and the majority offer some sort of opportunities for their employees to give back. Engaging one’s employees in community impact isn’t just a nice thing to do; it’s an essential part of today’s bottom line. But it’s not enough to simply offer a program and assume that your employees will gratefully line up to get involved. Too many companies don’t put forth the effort to foster employee engagement in their programs, and the result is that participation rates are typically low. This is a lost opportunity with many ripples of consequences. Corporate volunteerism presents a powerful opportunity to transform the relationship that companies have with their communities, employees and stakeholders, and it’s vital that companies treat this part of their business with the same degree of care and thought as the rest of their operations.

Explain the new pro-social model for capitalists and why this theory is important.

In the past, creating economic value was purely the domain of corporations while social value creation was left to nonprofits, and never the twain shall meet. But what we’ve found is when corporations and nonprofits work together – combining a company’s unique ability to leverage capital with a nonprofit’s talents in working on social problems – we have something new, and we call it shared value. The magic of shared value is scale. We can finally get solutions at the scale that is required to actually solve those problems. I believe that by leveraging the power of capitalism in the service of causes and stretching the skills of your employees, we will see a historic shift to a world where, ultimately, businesses will compete with each other not only to make the most profit, but to do the most good. That’s the world we’re working toward.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 2.11.45 PM How does your platform succeed in engaging employees’ corporations?

I think that only when companies demonstrate economic incentive to creating social value will we be able to reach the scale we need to solve our problems, and I’m honored to be a part of helping enable companies to craft and execute these programs. The economic incentive will not come without seeing real impact – within communities and within the companies themselves, and impact won’t happen without robust engagement. At Causecast, we believe that engagement in volunteering and giving comes from a social, mobile and interactive experience. That’s why we designed our platform to foster a real-time connection between employees and their peers, their community and the company. Everything is designed to be easy, highly secure, automated and engaging, making involvement so seamless, trusted and fun that employees want more. Ultimately, the volunteer experience needs to feel rewarding for employees, administrators and nonprofits – that’s how you build on positive experiences to create a corporate culture of giving back.

If you could summarize what corporations have to gain from using a platform such as Causecast in a few phrases, what would they be?

For innovative growth companies, Causecast provides giving and volunteering technology solutions to reach the highest levels of employee engagement and social impact. In contrast to the sluggish, forms-based, top-down administrator focus that has historically dominated employee giving and volunteering mindset, our unique technology and one-on-one support model enables companies to build high-impact employee-led programs that are globally meaningful, locally relevant, and easy to manage – for a far lower total cost of ownership than traditional solutions.

Where do you believe senior executives have the most impact in terms of promoting social impact and investment within corporations?

The more that senior leaders can point to the bottom line benefits of corporate social responsibility, the more investment they’ll see their companies making in these areas. What we’ve started to see happen is more and more of our clients realize they want to invest in our system for recruiting and retention purposes, not just for PR. Recruiting and retention are the real business needs they can measure and something all businesses are struggling with right now. Ultimately, because of financial incentives, retaining top-level employees who are involved with the company’s corporate social responsibility programs will increase giving and the impact they’re going to have on the world. It’s also very important that senior executives demonstrate their leadership and commitment to their philanthropy initiatives by participating in them alongside their employees.

Causecast's team volunteer day for Enrich LA in May 2015.
Causecast’s team volunteer day for Enrich LA in May 2015.

What do you see as the connection between working on boards of nonprofits and the Causecast initiative?

Board service offers unique advantages as a form of volunteering that should influence anyone interested in their personal and professional growth as well as their ability to make a difference. No matter what your professional field or expertise, everyone should step up to the experience of serving on a nonprofit board for its untold positive benefits. That’s why one project I’m particularly enthusiastic about is giving all of our clients’ employees the opportunity to get involved with nonprofit board service, which is typically an opportunity exclusive to VPs and executives. There’s an organization that we’re working with for this project called CariClub.

What about Horyou’s Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF) is most interesting to you?

I’m very excited to see what strategic collaborations and powerful ideas emerge from SIGEF 2015, particularly within the “Technological Evolution for Social Good” theme. I’ve made that my life’s work, first as the co-founder of NetCreations, which paved the way for opt-in email marketing, and now as the CEO and founder of Causecast. It’s not easy to pull off an event like this on a global scale, but I think the world is in desperate need of it. I’m looking forward to the meaningful change that will inevitably result from this exciting social experiment.

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The weekend 19th to the 20th of September in Geneva marked the yearly Alternatiba Léman Festival which was centered on the theme of promoting local initiatives for climate change and the art of positively living together. The Festival hosted conferences and debates, as well as food and clothing stands, music, movie projections and local food products. It took place on the sunny Plaine de Plainpalais, a prominent square within the city of Geneva, with events also held at the house of associations and the communal hall of the Plainpalais neighborhood.

The Festival gathered around 500 people in support of local farmers, local merchants and helpful sustainable living in Geneva and the surrounding areas. It was a true embodiment of local actions for climate and the joys of connecting for a positive lifestyle. Horyou collaborated with the association and supported its “The Meal” initiative, a lunch cooked with locally produced agricultural products, with the idea to gather a large number of people from across the world to share a Meal in support of farmers and their plea for food sovereignty and access to resources, soil, water and seeds.

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“The Meal” was held simultaneously in about 20 other locations worldwide, with the same goal of promoting consumption of local products. In Geneva, it delighted 200 people on the Plaine and consisted of long tables filled with fresh tomatoes, salads, gazpachos, fresh fruits and vegetables, sauces and pasta.

“The Meal”, a truly unifying power in its ideals and encouragement throughout the world, was thus the occasion for all participants to get together, share thoughts and build solidarity within their communities, on the spot, as well as via Skype conversations. Geneva connected with Mali – led by Aminata Touré -, Morocco – led by Nicole Jeffroy -, Nepal – led by Jagat Basnet -, and Pakistan – led by a young university student called Irene Farkhanda -, to mention but a few locations.

Proceeds from “The Meal” went to various nonprofits in Geneva and in Benin, as the Festival had a dedicated area for local nonprofits and various organizations. Horyou had a stand as well, and so did some of the organizations on the Horyou platform, such as One Action and Voix Libres. The event went on through Sunday with even more participants and visitors. We look forward to seeing bigger local agricultural food tables, and more Meals shared in more locations across the world at next year’s festival.

By Amma Aburam

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The Horyou Team spent a great day at the premises of Voix Libres on October 29th. Voix Libres is an international humanitarian association operating in Bolivia. It offers alternatives to child labor in mines, fields, garbage dumps and streets. Once trained and educated, the young people direct their own projects.

The team was involved in helping the organization with goods that arrived from Bolivia. With their hard work and remarkable involvement of volunteers from Bolivia, Switzerland, France and Belgium, 10,000 children are no longer sleeping hungry and 202 housing projects have been built or renovated. They also work on training young people and guiding them to take a different path, which ensures long-term development. The founder of Voix Libres, Marianne Sébastien, was one of the keynote speakers at the Social Innovation and Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF 2014).

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The Horyou Team arrived in the morning and was welcomed with a breakfast by the organization. Voix Libres’ staff and volunteers entertained the crowd with songs. During the fun and entertainment, some trucks arrived with boxes filled with quinoa, scarfs, scented candles and a few small purses. The quinoa, which was grown from grain crop for its edible seeds, is stocked in their premises and eventually will be sold. The profits will be returned to the foundation.

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The volunteers and the Horyou Team jumped into action and formed a long chain that stretched from the truck to a cave. The process was quite smooth and quick, as there were a good number of volunteers helping out. Once the trucks were unloaded, it went for a second trip to bring the remaining items. In the meantime, the team spent quality time with the staff and learned more about Voix Libres while a small part of the team was arranging and segregating candles that were to be put in a different truck. Once the trucks returned with more goods, the chain was formed again and they were all back in action moving boxes into the cave.

The lunch at Voix Libres included a big spread of delicious sandwiches, salads, fresh pizzas and desserts. After the meal, the volunteers swung back into action by forming the chain, and all the boxes were unloaded and delivered to the cave while some were loaded back into the trucks to be delivered to another location. The volunteers who came from different parts of Geneva and the Horyou team enjoyed a fulfilling and productive day at Voix Libres by helping this organization for a good cause. At the end of the day, everyone returned with a smile on their face and promised to meet again to help Voix Libres for more enriching experiences.

Meet Voix Libres on Horyou

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