We’d like you to stop reading this article right now…
Take a moment to sit and think about some of the places and experiences you’ve had in your life which have been the most engaging and exhilarating. Think about where you used to play as a child, what the places looked & smelled like…
OK, so if you’re like us, your mind started to drift to some tall tree forests, beaches or lakes. When was the last time you were in those places? Recently we hope…
There’s mounting science to suggest “Forest Bathing” is good for boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, improving mood, increasing the ability to focus, accelerating recovery from surgery or illness, and improving sleep… amongst other things (source: NY State Department of Environmental Conservation). So…. shouldn’t we be doing it more, rather than less?
The problem is particularly evident in our children too.
Well that’s something we want to change over at Volunteer Impact HQ. Not only do we want to encourage more people into volunteering because it’s good for our planet, but because it’s good for you too. Whilst you’re outdoors working and learning at restoration projects, you’re also likely to be regenerating areas of land for our & future generations to enjoy - win win win win win….
So, go on - make a promise now to get away from the screen, unplug and get into the wild.

We’d like you to stop reading this article right now…

Take a moment to sit and think about some of the places and experiences you’ve had in your life which have been the most engaging and exhilarating. Think about where you used to play as a child, what the places looked & smelled like…

OK, so if you’re like us, your mind started to drift to some tall tree forests, beaches or lakes. When was the last time you were in those places? Recently we hope…

There’s mounting science to suggest “Forest Bathing” is good for boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, improving mood, increasing the ability to focus, accelerating recovery from surgery or illness, and improving sleep… amongst other things (source: NY State Department of Environmental Conservation). So…. shouldn’t we be doing it more, rather than less?

The problem is particularly evident in our children too.

Well that’s something we want to change over at Volunteer Impact HQ. Not only do we want to encourage more people into volunteering because it’s good for our planet, but because it’s good for you too. Whilst you’re outdoors working and learning at restoration projects, you’re also likely to be regenerating areas of land for our & future generations to enjoy - win win win win win….

So, go on - make a promise now to get away from the screen, unplug and get into the wild.

Rise of the Social Entrepreneur - Volunteer Impact in the news

Last week, I was interviewed by Siobhan Leathley from Stuff Business (New Zealand’s main online newspaper) about the rising tide of social entrepreneurship around New Zealand and the world.

"We don’t run our ventures to make money; we make money to run our ventures."

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

I’ve been involved in the social enterprise space for a relatively short time (since around 2010), but I’ve seen the space expand and grow significantly from my early days with Enspiral (a social enterprise collective in Wellington), with several of my friends founding their own social good startups, and taking my own seat at the table of one of the early Enspiral Ventures.

I’m personally hugely excited about how we can use business as a tool for environmental good, rather than harm - the driving force behind Volunteer Impact. From my perspective, the possibility of creating a business which solves some of the nagging challenges for volunteer organisations, creating tools for volunteers to better understand their impact, and growing the number of people worldwide who engage in environmental volunteering is an exciting prospect. 

READ MORE AT STUFF BUSINESS

Reporting is one of the toughest things for community restoration groups to do well. We regularly hear stories of people rapidly trying to piece together paper reports, putting together various spreadsheets, and scrambling to remember what happened on the last few weeks of volunteer activities so they can file a report for the committee.

Visual Reporting Made Easy - Volunteer Impact

The time will inevitably come when you need to pull together all the activities on your restoration project into a report for funders, the committee, or for a fresh run at volunteer recruitment.

Currently at Volunteer Impact, we’re developing visual reports for restoration projects, as well as agencies & councils. We’re aiming to change the way that environmental volunteer organisations report, making it much easier to create visual reports for your funders, committees and of course - your volunteers too.

If you think your organisation might be a good fit for this service, get in touch at sam@volunteerimpact.co to discuss how we can help.

Survey Results: Volunteer Motivation Infographic

Volunteer Motivations

At the end of 2014 we launched a survey of regular environmental volunteers and people who occasionally make time to volunteer when we announced our project

We decided to release this top level infographic featuring some of the insights we gained from those responses. Perhaps the most surprising insight was the interest in the collective impact of team far outweighed the interest in the individual volunteer impact. This data sharply contrasts with the study we highlighted a little while back.

So, the people have spoken! One of the first elements we will be focusing on with Volunteer Impact is the collective activity data. Stay tuned - we have some big plans for 2014!

Volunteer Impact - Our Plans For 2014
Happy 2014!
We’ve started the year with renewed excitement and enthusiasm to see Volunteer Impact come to life in 2014, so it’s time to let you in on the plans!
Becoming An Enspiral Venture
One of the first things we’ve done in 2014 is to apply to become an Enspiral Venture. This development, if we’re accepted, will mean that we have much greater access to resources, talent, experience and knowledge to make Volunteer Impact successful. Our founder, Sam Rye, has been part of the Enspiral Network for 3 years, so we’re excited to make this association.

Beta Trials Begin
We’ve spent a few months in 2013 in research mode, gathering information and doing interviews with volunteers & volunteer managers. It’s time for our service to go into closed beta trials - meaning we wont be fully open to sign ups, but we will be working closely with a small group of engaged volunteers and volunteer managers to optimise the service and its design. If you’re keen to be involved, please sign up here and send us an email. 
We’re specifically looking for managers of environmental restoration projects who work with volunteers - please feel free to pass on this link to someone you know or tweet this link.
New Site Coming Soon
Our new website is currently in development, so our launch page will be disappearing and a more rounded, informational site will replace it. Keep an eye out!
Hiring Team Members
In 2014, we’re looking to build our team to create a world leading tool for volunteers & volunteer managers. In the coming months we’re looking especially for two specialists:
- Graphic Designer / User Interaction & Experience Designer
- Multi-platform Experience Engineer
These opportunities will be advertised on our new website.

We’re hugely excited by the year ahead, and we’d love to work with you in 2014 to make the impact of volunteers around the world more transparent and engaging, so that together we can make the world a little more wild.

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Volunteer Impact - Our Plans For 2014

Happy 2014!

We’ve started the year with renewed excitement and enthusiasm to see Volunteer Impact come to life in 2014, so it’s time to let you in on the plans!

Becoming An Enspiral Venture

One of the first things we’ve done in 2014 is to apply to become an Enspiral Venture. This development, if we’re accepted, will mean that we have much greater access to resources, talent, experience and knowledge to make Volunteer Impact successful. Our founder, Sam Rye, has been part of the Enspiral Network for 3 years, so we’re excited to make this association.

Beta Trials Begin

We’ve spent a few months in 2013 in research mode, gathering information and doing interviews with volunteers & volunteer managers. It’s time for our service to go into closed beta trials - meaning we wont be fully open to sign ups, but we will be working closely with a small group of engaged volunteers and volunteer managers to optimise the service and its design. If you’re keen to be involved, please sign up here and send us an email

We’re specifically looking for managers of environmental restoration projects who work with volunteers - please feel free to pass on this link to someone you know or tweet this link.

New Site Coming Soon

Our new website is currently in development, so our launch page will be disappearing and a more rounded, informational site will replace it. Keep an eye out!

Hiring Team Members

In 2014, we’re looking to build our team to create a world leading tool for volunteers & volunteer managers. In the coming months we’re looking especially for two specialists:

- Graphic Designer / User Interaction & Experience Designer

- Multi-platform Experience Engineer

These opportunities will be advertised on our new website.

We’re hugely excited by the year ahead, and we’d love to work with you in 2014 to make the impact of volunteers around the world more transparent and engaging, so that together we can make the world a little more wild.

Get our bite-sized updates in your inbox!

Happy Holidays from Volunteer Impact!
Have a great festive period and give yourself the present of a little more wild. Get out to appreciate the wildness in your area, and start thinking about when you might be able to get out to do some environmental volunteering in 2014.
Huge gratitude to all the people who have spurred us on in 2013, here’s to an exciting 2014!!
Sam Rye  Founder at Volunteer Impact


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Happy Holidays from Volunteer Impact!

Have a great festive period and give yourself the present of a little more wild. Get out to appreciate the wildness in your area, and start thinking about when you might be able to get out to do some environmental volunteering in 2014.

Huge gratitude to all the people who have spurred us on in 2013, here’s to an exciting 2014!!

Sam Rye  Founder at Volunteer Impact