We love ’em! At Nikela the ideal non-profit volunteer has little to do with age or even experience.
“I would love to help. What can I do?”
In the past five years over 300 people have asked this question one way or another.
Of those about a third take the next step, of those about another third join the ride, get their hands dirty, and hearts changed.
Nikela is a virtual nonprofit helping people saving wildlife in Africa. We are run by volunteers, from the founders (Russ and I) on down no one gets paid in dollars, only royally in experience and opportunity.
As a virtual organization anyone anywhere who cares to get involved can. It doesn’t require travel or any set schedule, all you need is a computer and an internet connection and you can contribute at any time of night or day, no matter where on the planet you call home.
What does the ideal non-profit volunteer look like?
Not sure what other nonprofits view as their ideal volunteer but for us…
They are students and professionals. Khris manages our Twitter and Pinterest accounts while juggling who knows what else. Colleen enjoyed researching, cooking and contributing to our Meatless Monday Recipe series for well over a year. Deborah, a college professor, designs infographics and our soon to be released revamped logo. Pallavi, a blogger, does ebook reviews like “Heartbreak, Hope and Harmony: Stories of a Wildlife Ranger in Africa.”
They need service hours or they simply want to gain experience. Paige did a marvelous job following Silke and Marnus’ work summarizing their activities. Joyce creates fabulous infographics for Pinterest and articles, just because.
They freely contribute their skills because they care. Sylvia is a writer and loves cheetahs and has researched and written several eReports including “Cheetah Conservation: What’s Really Happening” and blog posts like “Where Have All the Cheetah Gone?”
They are passionate about making a difference. Wendy who loves rhino writes and designs for us. Her well researched ebook is eye opening, “Wildlife Trafficking: Its Impact on the Rhino Yesterday and Today”. Danielle a primate lover was instrumental in starting our African Wildlife Species series some time back.
In a nutshell, the ideal Nikela Volunteer is no couch potato, but frequently a super busy professional or student who simply has the need to contribute. (Sure, some do it for service hours to start with, then stay because they’re hooked.) They choose Nikela because they want to make a difference for African Wildlife. It works because they can contribute at any time of day or night as their schedule allows. They stay because, “It feels good to be able to do something.”